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DirectStream DAC

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Stereophile Recommended Component 2015

Class A+ Stereophile rated DirectStream DAC converts any digital input format, such as PCM or DSD to a pure DSD stream and outputs near-perfect analog directly to your power amplifier or preamplifier. Whatever the format, whatever the sample rate, DirectStream is a pure DSD based solution that fulfills the promise of a high-resolution analog performance standard the originators of CDs promised over 30 years ago. Hear what’s been missing in your music for all these years. If you know the sound of music and instruments, and want to hear what’s been missing on your discs, then this DAC is right for you.

Now, full MQA, Tidal (including Masters), Spotify, VTuner, Qobuz, and Roon ready when you have the Bridge II installed.

Features:

  • Pure 100% DSD based D to A Converter
  • Fully upgradable through software releases
  • Resolution perfect volume and balance controls built in
  • Upsamples PCM and DSD to 20x DSD rate
  • DXD support
  • Purely passive transformer coupled output
  • Improves imaging and soundstage
  • Simple, direct signal path with one master clock
  • Hand written filters, processors and upsamplers
  • Immune to incoming jitter problems from different sources
  • Increased digital headroom
  • No off-the-shelf IC DAC chips used
  • Uncovers musical details masked by typical PCM based processors
  • 7 digital inputs
  • MQA and Tidal ready with optional Bridge II
  • Fully balanced from input to output
  • Color touch screen

Specifications:

Physical

Unit Weight22 lbs [9.97 kg]
Unit Dimensions14” x 17” x 4” [ 36cm x 43cm x 10cm]
Shipping Weight31 lbs [14 kg]
Shipping Dimensions20.5”x 24” x 10” [52cm x 61cm x 25cm]

Power requirements

Input PowerModel specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption30W

Digtial audio inputs

I2S(2), Coax, XLR Balanced, TOSLINK, USB, Network Bridge slot

Sample Rates

I2S, and USB -- 44.1kHz to 352.8kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64, DSD 128
TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz 16bit, 24bit
XLR (AES/EBU)S/PDIF (coax)-- 44.1kHz to 192kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64

Analog Audio Output

ConnectorRCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)
Output level, low0.282 VRMS Balanced 
0.141 VRMS Single Ended
Output level high, maximum2.818 VRMS Balanced
1.414 VRMS Single Ended
Output Impedance100Ω/200Ω
Frequency Response20-20KHz +/- 0.25dB
THD&IM @ 1KHz (full scale)<0.03%
Output StagePassive audio transformer, fed by high current, high speed analog amps producing double rate DSD.

Data Handling

FormatPCM or DSD
Sample rate (PCM)44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz
Word length (PCM)16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data rate (DSD)Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP as well as raw DSD on I2S and USB inputs
Input jitter reductioneffectively 100%, residual immeasurable. No input PLLs, FLLs.
Input Processing170MHz
Signal Processing50MHz
Synchronous Upsampling, all inputs28.224MHz
Digital Processing S/N ration>146 dB
Digital Volume ControlZero loss of precision
Analog Conversion methodDelta Sigma (DSD) Single-bit double rate

I2S Digital Input

ConnectorHDMI
FormatPCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs

USB Digital Input

ConnectorUSB “B” Type
FormatPCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
Transfer modeAsynchronous

The above information is from the manufacturer.
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