Wyred 4 Sound

DAC-2v2 Series


Have an original DAC-2 series DAC and want to upgrade to DAC-2v2? Click here. Be sure to click on the 'Review' tab for customer testimonials on new and upgraded DAC-2v2 series DACs.


DAC 2v2 Series

Based on our immensely popular, multi-award-winning DAC-2 series (DAC-2DAC-2 DSD and DAC-2 DSDse), our new DAC 2v2 series is like an upgraded "classic". At the heart of the 2v2 series is the all-new ESS Sabre 9028PRO for the DAC-2v2 or state-of-the-art, reference 9038PRO for the DAC-2v2SE. These new ESS PRO chips offer many significant improvements over their predecessors including higher SNR, more filters and the latest iterartion of ESS' HyperStreamDAC technology. Additionally, the new 2v2 series features fully-balanced circuitry, hi-res PCM and 4x DSD-capability, remote control, volume control (to directly drive your amplifier if desired), upgraded architecture and updated casework with a new color: anthracite gray. 



At the heart of the DAC-2v2 is remarkable new ESS Sabre 9028PRO chip. This new chip is a significant improvement on the former flagship 9018S chip in many ways and we're pleased to offer it in the newly redesigned DAC-2v2. Combined with our proprietary discrete output stages, which optimize sonics, the DAC-2v2 delivers the most accurate and musical sound.

The back of the DAC-2v2 supports a host of digital connections: Coax, Toslink, AES/EBU, USB and I²S. The DAC-2v2's USB connection utilizes galvanic isolation to eliminate computer noise from the audio signal completely. The USB input, as well as the the balanced I²S input, both support PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz and quad DSD.

Integer mode compatibility allows direct communication between the signal source for bit-perfect playback in Mac systems. Additionally, the DSD interface is driverless for Mac and Linux platforms, ensuring seamless installation. A simple driver install is needed for USB streaming from PC systems. 

With its built-in volume control functionality, the DAC-2v2 allows audiophiles with 100% digital systems to completely eliminate the need for a pre-amp, reducing signal processing and increasing transparency. Of course, the preamp section is fully defeatable for those with preamps that they prefer to use. TheDAC-2v2 offers audiophiles the clearest window into their music and a truly sublime listening experience.


DAC-2v2 SE, with the reference 9038PRO DAC chip

Our flagship, special edition DAC-2v2 SE builds on the DAC-2v2 and is a tour-de-force in DAC technology and a bonafide reference product by any standard. At it's heart, the new 2v2SE gets the best DAC chip on the market, the ESS 9038PRO*. This chip is absolutely state-of-the-art with respect to specs and sonics. The 2v2SE is all about no-compromise, so how could we not use the best chip available?

 Enhancing the already stellar performance of our DAC-2v2, the DAC-2v2 SE includes an array of highly upgraded components: Vishay Z-Foil resistors,       ultra-low noise discrete regulators, ultra-fast     recovery Schottkey diodes, premium grade inductors,   green OLED display and a premium upgraded fuse. The   culmination of these enhancements is refined audio performance   down to the minutest nuances.

 Delivering the highest quality audio of our digital-to-analog convertors, the DAC-2v2 SE is like the DAC-2v2 on steroids! As with all our DAC v2 products, the DAC-2v2 SE is both an incredible performer and a great value for your dollar, easily outclassing DACs 3-4x the cost. With the DAC-2v2 SE, you will enjoy simply the best sound from your music system.                                                                                                                                                           

Femto grade clock upgrade option for DAC-2v2 (already included in DAC-2v2 SE model)

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.

DAC-2v2 Features

  • ESS Sabre 9028PRO 32 bit DAC chip
  • W4S proprietary discrete output stages for optimum sonics
  • ESS Time Domain Jitter Eliminator®
  • Automatic oversampling for precise output filtering
  • Asynchronous USB input and balanced I²S​ input support up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM and up to DSD256
  • Improved audio quality through USB input
  • USB 2.0 compliancy & ASIO 2.2 (Drivers support for Mac and Linux systems)
  • Galvanic isolation
  • Fully balanced design with balanced and unbalanced outputs
  • Upgradable Digital, Output, and USB boards (designed for future improvements)
  • Oversized toroidal transformer for solid and noise-free power
  • 88,000uF of filtering with W4S low ESR "super-cap" (same as used in the STP-SE)
  • VFD display for input, sample rate, volume control, and configuration viewing
  • Remote control
  • Defeatable 32 bit volume control
  • HT Bypass inputs (selectable via DC trigger)
  • 2x Coax inputs
  • 2x Toslink inputs
  • 1x AES/EBU input
  • 1x Balanced I2S input via HDMI cable (note: not standard HDMI cable format)
  • Proprietary drivers for Windows (no drivers needed for Mac or Linux)
  • Factory selectable mains 115/230VAC
  • Compact size (8.5"W x 4.125"H x 13.5"D)
  • 14 lbs.
  • Covered by a 5 YEAR WARRANTY

DAC-2v2 SE (adds the following to the DAC-2v2):

  • ESS Sabre 9038PRO 32 bit DAC chip
  • Custom Vishay Z-Foil resistors (0.1% tolerance and a +/-0.5ppm/°C)
  • Femto Grade Clock (82 fSec phase jitter)
  • Ultra-low noise discrete regulators (100+ times quieter and faster than the stock regulator)
  • Ultra-fast recovery Schottkey diodes
  • Premium grade inductors
  • Upgraded fuse
  • Green OLED display for input, sample rate, volume control, and configuration viewing

Please be aware: Due to the expensive specialty parts as well as the extensive labor involved, DAC-2v2 SE orders are non-refundable.

DAC-2v2 and 2v2SE Specs:

  • Typical Distortion THD+N (20-20kHz A-weighted @ Vol. 55): <0.002% THD+N
  • Frequency Response (20-20kHz): ± 0.065db
  • S/N Ratio: > 120 db
  • Crosstalk: > 125 db
  • Noise (A-weighted): < 7uV
  • Noise: < 9uV
  • Balanced Output Level (Vol. 100%): 10.5V (20.1 db)
  • Unbalanced Output Level (Vol. 100%): 5.2V (14.5 db)
  • Output Impedance: DAC-2v2: 100Ω, DAC-2v2SE: 50Ω
  • Channel Tracking: < ± 0.50 db
  • Dimensions: 8.5"W x 4.125"H x 13.5"D
  • Weight: 14 lbs.


"If I lost my job reviewing hifi gear, I could easily live with this system for a long time. I’m happy to award this DAC one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2017 and look forward to sampling more offerings from this manufacturer sooner rather than later. "Exceptional Value" Award"

     TONE AUDIO                                                                     READ FULL REVIEW

"This is one of the best DACs I have listened to, and that ESS Sabre DAC is only part of the story. Wyred 4 Sound really do know how to put all the ingredients together to make a good DAC. 'Highly Recommended' Award"

    HIFI PIG MAGAZINE                                                       READ FULL REVIEW

"Thanks Wyred for the excellent products; perhaps also a word of appreciation to all the reviewers, anonymous and professional - singing the praises of Wyred is a service to all audiophiles - certainly for me it allowed me to purchase my first Wyred product (the ST1000) with some confidence. That was some eight years ago. What's more I can vouch for their great reliability - no issues at all. Several friends have purchased Wyred products after hearing the system - and they too are very satisfied.” markedly improved by the upgraded DAC. Wow - good job Wyred… I would say the upgrade from DAC2 DSD SE to DAC 2V2 SE is a "plus 10"


"This DAC is something special! I've listening to parts of my collection I haven't heard in a while and I am hearing new details. The sound is so natural, dynamic, detailed and balanced, I'm not contemplating upgrades in the foreseeable future!"


"2 years after the last upgrade that was jawdropping… I can't wait to hear what this next upgrade will bring. I can't believe you guys have me as a "lifetime" customer. I never would have thought I'd have this loyalty to one audio mfr. Keep up the great work!"


"I can only renew my compliment for the extraordinary results from you obtained with the upgrade. Silkiness, ambience, three-dimensionality, fine detail, are the main qualities recognized at first listen. Every piece of my extensive music collection seems reborn to new life. The music flows, giving me constants excitement and surprises on any genre heard. Thank you for your wonderful work."


"The DAC-2v2SE is a definite step up in sonic quality from the previous version. Not only do the DSD formats sound incredible, but my redbook rips have never sounded better. I am hearing improved soundstage, additional clarity, and more transparency than ever before. This DAC gets me one step closer to the impression that I am listening to live music. I love the flexibility that the filters and jitter eliminator provide so I can tweak the sound to my individual taste. Prior to the ES9038PRO upgrade I compared my DAC-2 DSDSE with a Mcintosh D100 I purchased. Let’s just say that the McIntosh didn’t stay around for very long."

  -JEFF R.

"Right out of the box, KILLER difference. Not to take away anything from the prior dacs you’ve produced, you are going to win serious competitions with this one….. The soundstage is totally wide and open. [The DAC-2v2SE] is very responsive indeed. Its truly a different piece! I am really digging on the gray and lime display too. Love all the settings as well! This enters your DAC products into the KICK ASS category for me! It’s just very real…. There’s more there there…… if you know what I mean. Wait till this thing breaks in, holy Bananas Batman!"

  -TOM P.