Acoustic Arts has released a new reference DAC called the Tube-DAC II. This is a hybrid DAC in their reference series. Acoustic Arts boasts about this DAC having the advantages of the solid state technology with the advantages of the tube principle, however without the specific disadvantages of tubes. This is of course marketing material. It would be a fabulous product if it does what it says, we'll have to wait and see. Anyway, just thought I would point you in the direction if you're interested. FYI - No USB. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Digital inputs: 1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 ? (XLR)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 ? (RCA)
1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 ? (BNC)
Digital outputs: 1 x S/P-DIF; unbalanced – 75 ? (RCA)
1 x AES/EBU; balanced – 110 ? (XLR)
Analog outputs: 1 x balanced – 2 x 33 ? (XLR)
1 x unbalanced – 33 ? (RCA)
Input data format:: 16 to 24 bit word length / 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz
Transformer power: 1 x 100 VA / 1 x 50 VA
Distortion (THD+N): 0.003% with 24 bit; bandwidth 22Hz - 22 kHz
Crosstalk: 107 dB with digital 0 dB
max. 20 watts
Tube type: 12 12 AX 7 / ECC83 / 7025 – selected and matched
Dimensions: 100 x 482 x 375 mm / 3.9 x 19 x 14.8 inches (H x W x D)
Gewicht: 12 kg / 26.4 lb
The philosophy of the TUBE-DAC II
The ACCUSTIC ARTS® TUBE-DAC II is an outstanding, highly precise digital to analog converter layouted in a so called “Tube-Hybrid” concept.
This concept combines the advantages of the solid state technology with the advantages of the tube principle, however without the specific disadvantages of tubes.
To use the advantages of this concept to full capacity, a very elaborate, digital signal processing was integrated, which only enables the extraordinary precision and musicality of this Tube-Hybrid concept.
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The TUBE-DAC II is the ACCUSTIC ARTS® reference in the high end D/A converter segment and intended for the music lover who appreciates the precision of digital sources, yet doesn’t want to abandon the outstanding sound of top analog units. The TUBE-DAC II is therefore the perfect solution for “audiophile gourmets”, who do not so much care about superficial grandstanding but are looking for a maximum of precision, authenticity and musicality. <a href="http://www.accusticarts.de/pages/en/tube_dac_ii_fr.html">More Information</a>.
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