Amps + DACs

Element III


$449

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  • Covered by our 2-year transferable warranty

Simplified Audio, Reimagined

We’ve reimagined our flagship amp+DAC to create a listening experience you will notice and appreciate. Element III runs on our second generation XMOS hardware and firmware, blissfully integrated with a custom encoder. You’ll hear perfect channel balance down to the black noise floor. Automatic gain helps you focus on listening rather than button pressing, and an auto vanishing display presents the essentials while you toggle between USB and Optical inputs and headphone or preamp outputs. We’ve also added DSD support and real-time selection of DAC filters and more. Element III is precision machined in the USA with the same, famously awesome knob.

Features

Auto Gain

Perfect Channel Balance

OLED Display & Options

Exceptional Power

Preamp Outputs

Input and Output Selection

Relay Muting & Safety

MEMS Oscillators

USB Audio Class 2 - PCM & DSD

Mains Isolation

Specifications

Performance

  • Frequency Response 20-20kHz +/- 0.11 dB
  • SINAD, 1kHz Low Gain 112.5 dB
  • SINAD, 1kHz High Gain 112 dB
  • THD+N Sweep 20-20kHz < 0.0004%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6 dBFS -101 dB
  • IMD SMPTE @ -20dBFS -95 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio 117.7 dB
  • Noise Level -112 dBV
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) 120 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS -0.01 dB
  • Crosstalk @ 0 dBFS, 100k RCA -130 dB
  • Jitter Components – USB @ 12kHz, DPLL 5 -131 dB
  • Jitter Components – S/PDIF @ 12kHz DPLL 5 -130 dB
  • Channel Balance, -∞ to 0 dBFS +/- 0.01 dB
  • Output Impedance < 0.7 Ω
  • Max Continuous Power @ 600 Ω 146 mW (9.37 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power @ 150 Ω 584 mW (9.36 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power @ 32 Ω 1.3 W (6.43 VRMS)

Dimensions

  • Enclosure Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
  • Weight 19 oz

Data Support

  • USB Interface UAC2 and UAC1 Fallback 1.
  • Operating Systems Windows XP/7/8/10/11, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS5, Nintendo Switch 2.
  • USB Sampling Rates PCM: 16, 24, 32-bit @ 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 384 kHz; DSD64-128
  • S/PDIF (Optical) Sampling Rates 16-24 bit @ 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz 3.

Connectivity

  • Digital Inputs USB Type B and TOSLINK
  • Headphone Output 6.35mm (1/4")
  • Preamp Outputs RCA

Configuration

  • Gain Auto Toggling 1.0x and 4.73x (+13.5dB)
  • Volume Attenuation Custom Encoder, 255 steps
  • 1. UAC2 or UAC1 can be selected in the Options menu
  • 2. Appropriate cables are required for Android, iOS, and PS5. Must use UAC1 in Win XP/7/8.
  • 3. Some TOSLINK sources are unable to reliably transmit at 192kHz.

Packaged Items

  • Element III, 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.

Firmware

  • Element III - Firmware v2.2.0

    WINDOWS 10/11 INSTALLATION
    Please use the latest XMOS Driver and XMOS Firmware Update Utility (DFU).

    MAC OR LINUX INSTALLATION
    Please refer to: https://github.com/jdslabs/xmos_dfu

    Please refer to included README.txt for further information. Detailed installation guidance for all operating systems can also be found in the article, How to Install an XMOS Firmware Update


    CHANGELOG
     

    v2.2.0 (Released Mar 25, 2022)
    * Added "Knob Button" to the options menu, configurable as:
        - Toggle Input [Default]
        - Toggle Output [Requires 14-Mar-2022 bootloader]
        - Mute (USB only)
        - Mute (SPDIF only)
    * Allow output mode changes while in the options menu.
    * Added "USB Audio Class" to menu, with options UAC2 or UAC1.
    * Improved UAC1 descriptors to support Nintendo Switch
    * Changed DAC synchronization rate from 100ms to 5ms to improve recovery time in case of ESD or similar disruptions.

    [Please see Readme for complete changelog history]

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