Parasound zDac DAC and Headphone Amp

£801.90

In a market filled with DACs, Parasound has set a new standard for performance and value with the help of acclaimed Danish digital experts Holm Acoustics. The Parasound zDac v.2 is an outstanding performer, sounding more natural and less “digital” than DACs selling for far more because of its innovative design and high quality parts.

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In a market filled with DACs, Parasound has set a new standard for performance and value with the help of acclaimed Danish digital experts Holm Acoustics.  The Parasound zDac v.2 is an outstanding performer.

The new Zdac v.2 sounds more natural and less “digital” than DACs selling for far more because of its innovative design and high quality parts.  Its unique re-clocking system preserves the original source audio data by eliminating jitter contamination that is picked up along the digital signal chain.  This is accomplished through the synergy of two premium parts, an Analog Devices AD1895 asynchronous sample rate converter and an AD1853 DAC IC.  To further improve sound quality the signal is up-sampled to 422kHz.  This highly effective jitter-reduction system works on all inputs, not just the USB input, as in many other DACs.

The Zdac v.2 builds further on this high performance pedigree as it has an ‘over-sized internal toroid power transformer’ – Parasound are fully aware of the improvements this brings to digital performance.  What’s more is that the Zdac v.2 works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit, meaning that it is highly compatible for a host flexible applications – whether it be used for higher end audio reproduction or just used as a multi-format DAC that has great adaptability.  This is also seen in that it works in variable volume mode in Windows® for connecting direct to a power amp.

For the more ‘conventional’ projects the Zdac v.2 has familiar optical and coaxial digital inputs for use with any standard digital connection requirements.  As you’d expect the unit has both RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analogue outputs on board – again meaning that it can be used for a host of residential or commercial applications.  The unit also has a dedicated in-built high current headphone output with volume control that can drive any headphones from 32 to 600 ohms.

Parasound Z Series Zdac v.2 – Digital to Analogue Convertor Features & Benefits:

  • Analogue volume control for RCA and XLR outputs
  • Separate volume control for the headphone Jacks
  • Digital audio connection to Lighting jack equipped Apple® devices (USB adapter required)
  • Updated headphone amp with increased gain
  • 1/4″ and 1/8″ 24k gold plated headphone jacks
  • 12V input and output triggers
  • Volume control lock out switch
  • Black finish now available w/o rack mount holes
  • Premium Analog Devices AD1853 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter IC
  • All inputs feature jitter reduction and are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz / 24 bit
  • USB input for playing music from PC or Mac (driver-less for easy setup)
  • Asynchronous sample rate conversion for all inputs including the USB input
  • Works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit
  • Works in variable volume mode in Windows® for connecting direct to a power amp (no preamp needed)
  • Optical and Coaxial digital inputs for use with any standard digital connection
  • RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs
  • High current headphone output with volume control can drive any headphones from 32 to 600 ohms
  • Over-sized internal toroid power transformer (not a wall wart like many competitors)
  • Will always power back up to the same input in the event of an AC power outage

Specifications

  • Supports Incoming Digital Word Lengths: 16 bit – 24 bit
  • Supports Incoming Digital Sampling Frequencies:
  • Opt & Coax: 8 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 16 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz.
  • USB: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz
  • Upsampling Frequency: 422 kHz / 24 bit (all inputs)
  • USB Streaming Controller: Texas Instruments TAS1020B
  • Sample Rate Converter: Analog Devices AD1895
  • D to A Converter: Analog Devices AD1853
  • Headphone Amplifier: Texas Instruments TPA6120
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
  • Channel Balance: < 0.05 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Channel Separation: > 95 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 110 dB, A-weighted
  • THD + Noise: < 0.015 %
  • Audio Output Level, RMS (maximum):
  • Unbalanced Variable: 2.4 V
  • Balanced Variable: 4.8 V
  • Unbalanced Fixed: 2.2 V
  • Balanced Fixed: 4.4 V
  • Output Impedance: Line out: 160 ohms, unbalanced or balanced
  • Headphone out: 10 ohms
  • AC Power Requirement:
  • 110-130 VAC 60 Hz or
  • 220-240 VAC 50 Hz (voltage is selected on the chassis bottom)
  • Operating: 10 watts
  • Standby: < 1 watt
  • Dimensions:
  • Width: 220 mm
  • Depth: 254 mm
  • Height: 51 mm with feet, 45 mm without feet
  • Weight:
  • Net: 2.3kg
  • Shipping: 3.7kg

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