DAC-10H DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amp
- Brand: Nuprime
- Product Code: DAC-10H
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DAC-10H DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amp
NuPrime DAC-10H combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding with a high-power balanced headphone amplifier
The Ultimate Desktop DAC and Headphone Amp/Pre Amp
NuPrime DAC-10H DAC/pre-amp and ST-10 power amp are both selected by “The Absolute Sound” on-line journal (TAS) as the top picks of affordable High-end Audio components for 2015, and included in the corresponding TAS Buyers Guide published. Seven Stone, TAS editor has conducted a detailed review on both products, and the following are extracts of his conclusion:
"...over the years I’ve reviewed and used plenty of digital power amplifiers from Bel Canto, Wyred4Sound, April Music, and others, and I appreciate what a well-designed model can bring to a system. And it happens that the ST-10 is the best digital power amplifier I’ve heard to date..."
"......Within their product categories the DAC-10H DAC/preamp and ST-10 basic power amplifier are priced at the lower mid-level, yet they both deliver a level of performance that could be considered exemplary regardless of their cost. The DAC-10H has the capabilities, sound, and feature set that should keep it current for a number of years, while the ST-10 produces a level of sound quality that unless you absolutely must have more power output capabilities, will make “upgrading” to anything but a far pricier and more powerful amplifier more of a sideways proposition than an upward one…
The NuPrime DAC-10H combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding with a high-power balanced headphone amplifier. To excel beyond high performance DACs cluttering the marketplace, NuPrime recognizes that merely supporting standard sampling rates and hi-res music formats using state-of-the-art chips or proprietary digital signal processing is not sufficient. To satisfy the most discerning audiophiles, the NuPrime DAC-10H must do three things exceptionally well: 1) drive any headphones with ease; 2) deliver the utmost detail during a symphony’s quietest passages or a soundtrack’s heart-pounding explosion; and 3) all of this in the most natural sound. Simply put, the DAC-10H is a truly musical device.
A Reference LE Class Preamp
To meet the requirement of customers who want to eliminate extra components in their system, a high-end preamp capable of driving the power amplifier directly is an essential part of the design. The DAC-10H includes features borrowed from the Reference class P-20 preamp:
Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, i.e., a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting.
Individually adjustable volume on each input for precise source level matching.
Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments.
As the heart of an audio system, the DAC-10H supports an extensive number of inputs and formats. Utilizing the world’s best performing 32-bit audio DAC is only a first step for designing the ultimate DAC. When state-of-the-art solutions are readily available to all vendors, the experience and proprietary know-how in designing many Editor’s Choice and Product of The Year award-winning products elevate the NuPrime DAC-10H above the competition.
Several notable features:
Five digital and two stereo inputs for system flexibility.
SABRE32 Reference ES9018 from ESS Technology is the world’s best-performing 32-bit audio DAC solution for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With ESS’s 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, all of which put the DAC-10H at the industry’s cutting edge.
Symmetrical signal processing with exact signal transmission over the entire frequency spectrum and extremely low harmonic distortion, ensuring an unadulterated musical presentation.
Asynchronous transfer mode.
Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage for the lowest possible noise level.
Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 and DoP method.
Sample Rate Display – 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz and DSD64 to DSD256.
Unique dual gain settings for RCA with 2V or 4V outputs, XLR with 4V or 8V outputs; and each of the balanced and unbalanced headphone outputs with four different high power output settings.
Exclusive driver software for Windows.
Standard driver software for Mac
Today’s best headphones can cost as much as a high-end DAC. Their owners demand a headphone amp that fully exploits their potential. Key features of the headphone amp:
A 4-pin balanced and a standard 6.2mm stereo headphone amplifier outputs.
Output circuitry designed for use with up to two dynamic headphones. Consistent wiring and the use of XLR-4 sockets ensure excellent channel separation.
A gain switch for use with in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.
- Linear power supply with multi-rail toroidal transformer.
Independent left/right channel power supplies.
12V trigger output
Full microprocessor control with memory retention
Included remote control for full convenience.
Available in stylish black or silver anodized aluminum finish
The NuPrime Sound
Just one listen confirms the DAC-10H as a true hallmark of audio performance:
Lightning-fast, wide-range dynamics
Ultra-low distortion and noise
Music emerges from a pristine background, with delicate details and nuances intact.
1 x USB Digital
2 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF
2 x Optical Digital S/PDIF
2 x Analog Stereo RCA
Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)
Stereo RCA (Line out)
Stereo Balanced (XLR-3 socket pre-out )
Balanced headphone amplifier (XLR-4 socket )
Unbalanced headphone amplifier (6.3 mm jack socket )
USB Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz and DSD 2.8MHz (DSD64) , 5.6MHz (DSD128) 11.2MHz (DSD256)
S/PDIF Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96, 176.4KHz, 192KHz
Maximum Sampling Rate: 24-bits
Bit Resolution: 16-24-bits
Frequency Response: 10Hz to 80kHz
Max. output power: 680 mW @ 1 kHz and 600 ohm load at the XLR-4 output
Frequency response: 100 kHz
Crosstalk attenuation: min. 93 dB @ 1 kHz
THD+N: < 0.0003%
Dynamic range: > 115 dB @ 600 ohm load (A-weighted)
Dimensions: 59mm Height x 215.4mm Width x 394mm Depth
Weight: 10.5 pounds ( 4.8 kg )
Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) With Voltage Select SwitchAC Fuse: Slow-blow,T2.5A, 250VAC