NuForce introduced the DAC-9 Digital-to-Analog Converter, Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier offering six digital inputs to cover the full range of current digital formats. Each input feeds a pair of high-performance, non-over-sampling DACs capable of providing up to 24-bit/96kHz performance. The two DACs' output is then summed, thereby increasing the signal-to-noise ratio to near theoretical limits. The signal is then input to a proprietary Passive IV digital output filter that utilizes no negative feedback whatsoever, thereby delivering a ripple-free response the high-frequency phase coherence of which is consistently maintained. As a hedge against obsolescence, a small plug-in USB module/interface provides for future upgrade ability to higher bit-rate performance.
Following its conversion to analog, the signal passes to a preamplifier stage designed around minimalist principles that again exclude negative feedback. The shortest possible signal paths, lowest-noise components and circuit layouts obtain throughout. When the user selects the Fixed Mode Output, a mechanical relay bypasses the DAC-9's digitally controlled volume attenuator, further enhancing straight-wire-with-gain performance characteristics.
For headphone listeners, the DAC-9 provides a fully independent headphone stage with its own analog volume control sees to this need. The DAC-9's 6.3mm and 3.5mm headphone jacks further ensure signal purity and convenience.
Pricing and Availability:
The NuForce DAC-9 is available now worldwide for $1,695 in silver or black.