"If space is the final frontier, the DAC2 will lay out quite the night-sky canvas if it was rolled up in your CDs."
Srajan of 6moons was thoroughly impressed by the new DAC-2 DSDse and you can read about it HERE.
We are pleased to present the SE version of the highly acclaimed DAC-2. During development of the original DAC-2 we recognized that digital streaming technology will move very quickly. We created a modular circuit design which would permit future upgrades as the industry progressed, and we can now deliver that promise! Our newly refined DAC-2 incorporates many upgrades throughout the digital, analog and power supply circuits. In addition to the enhanced sonic performance, we have extended its USB support to include, driverless (Mac / Linux), 32 bit 384kHz PCM, as well as DSD streaming.
The 9018 ESS Sabre DAC remains the heart of the DAC-2 which is still widely regarded as the number one D-A converter in the industry. The ESS DAC was firstly selected for use in the DAC-2 for numerous reasons, one of which is the capability to process DSD signals which we are now proud to utilize. The I²S DSD format offers a jitter free solution to transmitting digital data from our cutting edge USB interface to the Sabre chip. Newly implemented technology and hardware now takes full advantage of this remarkable feature. Either DSD64 or DSD128 files can be flawlessly streamed in conjunction with standard PCM files. The DAC-2 DSDse instantly detects the native DSD data and routes the signal to the appropriate internal processors resulting in unparalleled sonic performance. It’s time to begin expanding your DSD music collection!
Another bonus of the special edition DAC-2 is the galvanically isolated I²S USB interface which guarantees zero opportunity for computer noise to interfere with the quality of the audio signal. Setup with your source via USB is simple because the DAC-2 DSDse is driverless for Linux, Mac OSX 10.6-10.8, and supports Integer mode protocol. Windows XP and newer will require a quick driver install to begin streaming your favorite tracks. You can now be confident that the ultimate USB streaming solution is built into your DAC which ensures a clean and simple setup!
In fashion with a true special edition W4S unit, we have upgraded key components throughout the entire audio circuit starting with the main fuse at the power inlet. The Furutech rhodium plated, ceramic fuse has proven to be an excellent complement to the upgraded power supply of the DAC-2 DSDse. Further filtering is addressed with low loss - ultra fast recovery Schottkey diodes and a series of premium grade inductors that assist to stabilize the current as it enters the power supply. Power is then filtered through a series of custom low ESR capacitors after which it is regulated by newly designed discrete regulators. Our proprietary regulator design is 100+ times quieter and faster than the stock regulator! The start of the analog signal receives strategic treatment with our custom made naked Vishay Z-Foil resistors in 20 locations. Putting numbers on it, the stock Dale resistors offer 1% tolerance and +/-100ppm/°C temperature coefficient where our new resistors are 0.1% and +/-0.5ppm/°C respectively. As you can imagine, considerable aural gains are noticed with the substantial improvement over the stock resistors.
Make no mistake; the DAC-2 DSDse will bring the very best out of your digital sources. It is a DAC that delivers ultimate performance, value, and versatility!
Check out the first DAC-2 DSDse review!
W4S DAC-2 DSDse Features:
*Indicates an upgrade from the standard DAC-2 configuration*
...All for $2,499
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