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EL DAC

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$249

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  • Covered by our 2-year transferable warranty

ELEMENT, STACKED

We designed the Element Line for precision fit and function. EL DAC delivers performance far beyond Objective criteria, with full USB Audio Class 2 support, transformer isolated coaxial input, and optical input. Stack with EL Amp for single button switching between headphones and speakers.

"They aren't worrying about crazy features or silly audio formats. They are just trying to make straight forward, great sounding gear for people who want to enjoy the subtleties of their music without taking out a second mortgage on their house."

Headfonia EL DAC REVIEW

"The design is subtly stunning and it has more than enough I/O options to satisfy every use-case I could foresee."

hearfidelity EL DAC REVIEW

When was it that electronics started becoming so complex with their interface knobs, switchboard quantity of I/O, and computer GUI options. The EL DAC drop kicks all that out the door and brings in something more sensible.

Headphone.Guru EL DAC Review, February 2019

Features

TRANSFORMER ISOLATED S/PDIF

Coaxial S/PDIF input is fully isolated using a Pulse transformer, to minimize the possibility of ground loop noise.

4-LAYER PCB

All JDS Labs DACs are built on 4-layer printed circuit boards to achieve proper USB characteristic impedance of 90 ohms.

USB AUDIO CLASS 2

EL DAC supports up to 32/384kHz audio using a dedicated 45/49MHz clock pair. While we claim no measurable superiority of high sampling rates, UAC2 and ASIO support satisfy your pursuit of bitperfect listening.

EXTERNALLY POWERED

EL DAC is powered by a perfected supply network, with an external AC transformer and 12 linear regulators that ensure consistent rail voltage and super low ripple. Never be bothered by USB hubs or OS power difficulties again!

LIGHT RING

Enjoy the presence of your EL DAC with front and center mode selection via a touch-sensitive light ring.

DIFFERENTIAL SUMMING OUTPUT

Differential output of the AK4490EQ DAC is summed by an OPA2227, with DC coupling throughout. Drive any load you wish, satisfactorily.

Specifications

DAC Performance

  • Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz (192k) +/- 0.15dB
  • THD+N 20Hz-20kHz < 0.0011%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.00017%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.00061%
  • Noise (A-Weighted) -110 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) 117 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS -0.01 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -108 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 11025Hz -116 dB
  • PCB Stackup 4 Layers
  • Maximum DAC Line-Output, 100K 2.00 VRMS

Dimensions

  • Case Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 in
  • Weight 18 oz

Data Support

  • Audio Formats (S/PDIF) 16/44.1kHz thru 24/192kHz 1.
  • Audio Formats (USB) 16/44.1kHz thru 32/384kHz 2.
  • USB Interface USB Audio Class 2
  • USB Driver OS Support Windows XP/7/8/10, OS X, Linux, Android

Connectivity

  • Digital Inputs USB, TOSLINK, and Coaxial S/PDIF
  • DAC Line-Output RCA

  • 1. Many sources are unable to reliably transmit at 192kHz.
  • 2. Windows 7 supports 24/192kHz maximum.

Packaged Items

  • EL DAC
  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • 3ft USB Type-A Cable
  • 3ft TOSLINK Cable

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