μDAC5

μDAC5

Features

  • ESS SABRE Hyperstream DAC for the best file conversion.
  • High performance [email protected] Ohm headphone amplifier, capable of driving any headphone on the market.
  • Supports virtually all file formats including hi-res files, DSD256 and up to 24bit/384kHz PCM.
  • A linear volume control for improved channel tracking at low listening levels.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum chassis.
  • Advanced DA-conversion circuitry to reduce harmonic distortion when operating at ultra-low supply voltages.
  • Analog RCA output and digital Coaxial S/PDIF output.
  • USB-powered, no external power supply required.
  • Discrete asynchronous USB audio receiver and D/A converter stages.
  • Supports Windows and MAC.

 

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Overview

 

At home, work or on the go – for gamers, music lovers and movie fans – if quality music and sound matters then you’ll find that the NuForce uDAC5 is your essential companion. Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, the uDAC5 is not only one of the smallest and lightest Hi-Res DSD DACs, but is also one of the most powerful and best sounding portable DACs on the market.

Technology & Craft

The NuForce uDAC5 delivers truly state-of-the-art performance by offering native playback of the DSD256 and up to 24bit/384kHz PCM formats while also providing DoP support (DSD over PCM). The uDAC5’s USB connectivity allows you to conveniently transfer music from your computer to your home stereo, desktop system, active speakers or headphones with an unprecedented dynamic range of 98dB and SNR of 112dB. Supporting the latest asynchronous USB communication for reduced jitter performance, you can be certain that you’ll always hear the most harmonically accurate presentation possible. Additional features include an extreme high-performance/high-power headphone amplifier, which is capable of driving majority of available headphones, and a highly linear volume control for improved channel tracking at low listening levels.
 
In addition, only the purest analog circuitry has been implemented within the uDAC5. This includes use of the critically acclaimed ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream DAC architecture. The uDAC5 derives its operating power directly from the USB port and then engages a special “boost” circuit that ensures ample voltage is always available for explosive reproduction of high-speed musical dynamics. No bulky external power source required.
 
Due to cost considerations, the DAC and headphone amp stages employed in most computers are typically not designed to deliver best-quality sound. This can result in subtle errors in the conversion and amplification processes, which diminishes audio quality. Advanced NuForce design yields a warmer, more detailed and a fundamentally more accurate rendering of the streamed audio or a local file. Music through the uDAC5 sounds richer and fuller with more clarity in the highs, more “body” in the mids, and more depth and power in the lows. You’ll hear details in your favorite tunes as you’ve never heard them before and your favorite earphones, headphones and speakers will finally reproduce sound to their full potential.
 

Specification

Connections – InputUSB
Connections – OutputRCA, Digital coaxial
Output impedance4.7 Ohm
Output voltageRCA 2.0Vrms
Headphone power output140mW x 2 @ 32 ohm
Bit resolution16-24 bits
Native bit rate44.1,48,88.2,96,176.4,192,352.8,384KHz and DSD 2.8,5.6,11.2MHz.
Frequency response20-25kHz +/- 0.25dB
Signal to noise ratio (SNR)98dB
Total harmonic distortion + noise ( THD + N)0.01%
Power supply 
Wireless typeN/A
WPSN/A
Connection modeN/A
Weight (kg)0.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) (mm)68 x 45 x 21

Accessory

+ USB cable

Reviews

Media(3)
Small DAC, but big sound. This is the best way you could summarize the tonal talent of the uDAC5. Anyone that listens to music via a notebook does not want to miss this compact device any more.”
“Price/performance: very good "
This is one of the smallest and lightest high resolution DACs on the market.”
“It is really nicely made.  It gave so much more weight to the music. "
The NuForce µDAC5 is a cute little converter that ticks all the boxes spec wise and delivers an energetic and entertaining sound. It is transparent to source and format quality and would make a good starting point for those taking a first step with computer audio. "

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