Have an original DAC-1 or DAC-1 LE and want to upgrade to DAC-1v2? Click here.
DAC v2 Series
Based on our immensely popular, multi-award-winning original DAC-1 and -2 series, our new DAC v2 series is like an upgraded "classic". At the heart of the v2 series are all-new ESS Sabre PRO chips. These new chips offer many significant improvements over their predecessors including higher SNR, more filters and the latest iterartion of ESS' HyperStreamDAC technology. Additionally, the new v2 series will feature fully-balanced circuitry, hi-res PCM and 4x DSD-capability, upgraded architecture and updated casework with a new color: anthracite gray.
"I have the Dac1v2 and I am blown away! I've been in the business as CEDIA installer and consumer. Never, ever have I heard the difference in sound quality that I experienced with this DAC….My search for audio nirvana is now quenched."
- User 'paulphoosreal' posting on AudioAficionado.org
The DAC-1v2 sports the new ESS Sabre 9026PRO chip, regarded as one of the best price-to-performance DAC chips in the industry. Play high-res PCM files up to 32 bit/384 kHz as we
ll as 4xDSD files via the galvanically isolated USB input. Add to that our proprietary discrete output stages, a hefty, balanced power supply, automatic oversampling for precise output filtering and all the necessary inputs and outputs to accommodate any digital source. The DAC-1v2 is the new standard-bearer for cutting-edge design at an affordable price.
Femto grade clock option
Accuracy and overall quality of the master clock are crucial to obtaining optimum sound quality. The standard clock is no slouch but you now have the option to upgrade to the highest grade component available in its class. Implementation of this femto grade clock optimizes audio quality by lowering phase jitter by over 80% as well as greatly reducing phase noise in the digital circuit. Clocks of this grade are typically found in DAC's retailing for $5K or more! The DAC-2v2 SE model comes with this clock standard and for a modest fee you can select the upgraded clock during the checkout process for either the DAC-1v2 or DAC-2v2 models.
Awards for the original DAC-1 and DAC-2: