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HiFiMAN Unveils HIMALAYA R2R 24-Bit DAC Module

HiFiMan Himalaya DAC’s R2R Chip Incorporates New Algorithm For Improved Power Handling and Efficiency.

HiFiMAN Bluemini R2R with 24-bit HIMILAYA DAC Module Front for Headphones

A new 24-bit R2R DAC from HiFiMan wasn’t on our 2021 Bingo Card, but the new HIMALAYA is something even more interesting. It is a DAC module for a new generation of wireless HiFiMan headphones, and is also available as a component for other manufacturers to integrate into their products. It will first be available inside HiFiMAN’s Bluemini R2R wireless adapter module that comes with the new HiFiMAN DEVA Pro headphones (also announced today).

HiFiMAN, the leader in high fidelity personal audio, today announced a new ultra-low-energy consumption R2R HIMALAYA DAC which will be unveiled at CanJam SoCal 2021 this weekend. We will be there to take a listen and report back on Sunday.

HiFiMAN Bluemini R2R with 24-bit HIMILAYA DAC Module Front
HiFiMAN Bluemini R2R with 24-bit HIMILAYA DAC Module Front

The HIMALAYA is a precision, 24-bit DAC (Digital-to-Analog Convertor) that relies on R2R architecture, notable for its FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip composed of an array of resistors. The HIMALAYA architecture is flexible so that it conforms to various size requirements based on the product circuit board.  

In developing the HIMALAYA DAC, Dr. Fang Bian, President, and CEO, HiFiMAN Electronics committed himself to prove that, contrary to popular belief, high-fidelity personal audio is achievable with Bluetooth. 

“The problem isn’t Bluetooth. The issue is the quality of the built-in DACs in most Bluetooth receiver chips currently in use. These DACs exhibit poor audio performance, not to mention excessive power consumption typically associated with traditional audiophile-grade DACs.Dr. Fang Bian, President, and CEO, HiFiMAN Electronics

HIMALAYA supports the standard PCM signal transmitted by the most common IIS (Integrated Interface of Sound) audio interface, with a maximum 24-Bit resolution and 768KHz sampling rate. 

HiFiMAN Himilaya R2R 24-bit DAC Module bottom right

The HIMALAYA DAC’s Signal-to-noise ratio is 120 db, total harmonic distortion is 0.0022%. The low distortion and low-level signal performance combine to make the HIMALAYA an ideal DAC for high-end consumer and professional audio applications.

An important benefit from the newly created algorithm is a significant cutback in power consumption, reduced to 20mw, making it the lowest energy consumption DAC in the audiophile market. 

HiFiMAN Himilaya R2R 24-bit DAC Module bottom left
HiFiMAN Bluemini R2R with 24-bit HIMILAYA DAC Module

“As a company, HiFiMAN is committed to satisfying the demands of discerning listeners through advanced yet cost-effective designs,” said Dr. Fang Bian, President, and CEO, HiFiMAN Electronics. “HIMALAYA epitomizes our commitment to the market. It will be an essential ingredient in many of our upcoming products, and we’ll soon offer it to other manufacturers as well.”

“The HIMALAYA DAC is a radical departure from previous designs. I’m confident it will make a clear and positive difference in products throughout the wireless headphone and portable audio market.” 

For additional information, visit https://hifiman.com.

Experience this technology for the first time with HiFiMAN DEVA Pro headphones.

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