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Element II


This product has been discontinued. You might be interested in Element III.

Element III

$449.00

  • Covered by our 2-year transferable warranty

Simplified Audio, Re-engineered

We redesigned Element II to maximize your desktop audio experience. Element II packs the performance you expect from JDS Labs into a precision machined aluminum chassis, with an equally impressive 32/384k DAC, and button activated preamp RCA outputs. Enjoy the comfortable knob and seamless transitions between your powered speakers and headphones!

Features

PREAMP OUTPUTS

OUTPUT SELECTION

ULTRA HIGH POWER

TOP PERFORMANCE

DUAL GAIN

RELAY MUTING

MEMS OSCILLATOR

USB AUDIO CLASS 2

AC TRANSFORMER

Specifications

DAC Performance

  • Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz +/- 0.13 dB
  • THD+N 20Hz-20kHz < 0.001%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.00041%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.00029%
  • Noise (A-Weighted) -109 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) 118 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS 0.0 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -107 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 12 kHz -127 dB

Amp Performance

  • Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz +/- 0.02 dB
  • THD+N 1Khz, 150 Ω 0.0008%
  • THD+N 20Hz-20kHz < 0.001%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.0001%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.0005%
  • Noise (A-Weighted) -115 dBu
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -88 dB
  • Output Impedance < 0.7 Ω
  • Channel Balance +/- 0.56 dB
  • Max Continuous Power, 600 Ω 165 mW (9.9 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power, 150 Ω 656 mW (9.9 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power, 32 Ω 1.3 W (6.53 VRMS)

Dimensions

  • Case Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
  • Weight 18 oz

Data Support

  • Interface USB Audio Class 2
  • Windows 7/8/10/11, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS 16, 24, 32-bit @ 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 384 kHz

Connectivity

  • Analog Input RCA
  • Preamp Output RCA
  • Digital Input USB - Type B

Configuration

  • Headphone Output 6.35mm (1/4")
  • Dual Gain 1.0x and 4.73x
  • Volume Potentiometer Taper Alps 15A

Packaged Items

  • Element II, Amplifier+DAC
  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • 3ft USB Type A to Type B Cable w/Ferrite

Drivers

  • XMOS Driver v5.50 for Win 10/11

    XMOS driver v5.50 supports Windows 10/11, and is optional. No drivers are required for macOS, Linux, or Windows 10/11.

    This driver enables ASIO support, provides the ability to view and adjust Buffer Settings (latency), supports 16/24/32-bitrates, and adds full DSD64-128 support to Atom DAC+, EL DAC II+, and Element III.

    All XMOS based JDS Labs DACs are supported, including:

    • Element II
    • Element III
    • EL DAC II(+)
    • Atom DAC(+)

     

    This driver is developed and maintained by Thesycon, and licensed to JDS Labs. Please find the full change log at TUSBAudio_history.txt.

  • Optional - XMOS Firmware Update Utility (DFU) for Win 10/11

    This optional application for Windows 10/11 allows you to install firmware updates to XMOS based JDS Labs DACS, including:

    • Element III
    • Element II
    • EL DAC II(+)
    • Atom DAC(+)

     

    To use, unzip the folder and follow instructions in the article How to Install an XMOS Firmware Update.

  • XMOS Driver v4.13.0 for Win7/8 - Element II

    Archived XMOS driver v4.13.0 is required for UAC2 in Windows 7/8. Alternatively, you may use UAC1 fallback.

    For Win10/11, please use the most recent XMOS driver v5.30.0.

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