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With a digital section designed by Dr. C. Shin, Founder, Lead-Engineer and CEO of WAVERSA SYSTEMS INCORPORATED and an expert in high-resolution digital and digital-to-analog design for both military and commercial applications, the Waversa DAC3 is unique in the marketplace. Except for the DAC chip it employs, the ES9018K2M SABRE 32 Reference DAC (“Sabre DAC”), all of the DAC3 components are designed in-house. In addition, the USB interface and modular inputs are specifically customized for use in the DAC3, and custom-built, high-end up-samplers are utilized for user-selectable DSD conversion and PCM up-sampling. Waversa Systems’ approach to signal processing is completely unique to the high-end audio industry.
The Waversa DAC3 has many special features. Waversa Systems’ digital features include:
⦁ Dual mono ES9018K2M SABRE 32 Reference Audio DAC chipset for D/A conversion
⦁ Dual Waversa Audio Processor (WAP) Chipset
⦁ 44.1, 48kHz implemented as a complete system Unified Clock System composed of independently-specific MEMS Master Clock
⦁ Real-time PCM to DSD 256 conversion using a custom-built 5.6 MHz up-sampler and FPGA DSD converter
⦁ DSD to PCM Upsampling (world's first)
⦁ PCM Enhancement: Bypass, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x
⦁ Custom built, FPGA based, 1.5 MHz up-sampling then conversion to 384 KHz for D/A processing.
⦁ All digital inputs and a customized S/PDIF receiver accommodating rates up to 192 KHz (so long as the source is S/PDIF compliant – see “Operation”)
⦁ A UAC2 standard-compliant custom audio interface design, with Cypress FX2/FPGA USB input handling:
⦁ DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256
⦁ PCM 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz, 176.4 KHz, 192 KHz, 352.8 and 384 KHz.
⦁ Operations via Linux OS with UAC2 and MAC OSX 10.6, with the Thesycon driver incorporated for use in Windows OS environments
⦁ Optional in and out reference word clock connectors for use with an external clock
⦁ Complimentary Full Balanced Analogue Circuit
⦁ Discrete / Transformer output mode can be selected
⦁ Output Voltage Control: 100%, 75%, 50% to adjust output gain and refine sound depending on the individual system.
⦁ Select equipped with digital inputs and outputs, modular (up to 4)
- Ethernet Network Player, Coaxial, AES / EBU, Optical, Word Clock Input, Accessory Clock Module options, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, headphone amplifier, analog input
⦁ Cutting duralumin chassis, and internal block reducing vibration and improving RF and galvanic isolation.
⦁ The digital portion and analog portion are independently powered using dual toroidal transformers, each with duralumin isolation and independent linear circuitry.
⦁ Front LED display (1,800 LED): source, the input sampling rate, menus, artist, song, etc.