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Copland DAC 215 Valve Hybrid High Resolution Digital / Pre Amp / Headphone Amplifier.
The heart of the DA215 is an excellent D/A converter with multiple S/PDIF inputs, PCM, and DSD capabilities using the ES9018 Reference 32-bit DAC in quad-mono configuration, 8 mono to 2 stereo configuration. Combining four in-phase and four opposite-phase converters per channel, the statistical properties of the signals are taken to advantage; the signal power of the phases correlate and add-up in constructive addition, whereas the noise power of the phases are de-correlated, improving the signal to noise ratio of the resulting analog waveform.
The Class-A buffering technology of the analog filtering sections is borrowed from the highly acclaimed Copland CD-players and composed by discrete transistors producing a stunning sound quality with an unconstrained mobility and acceleration.
The DA215 incorporates an asynchronous USB input, tree S/PDIF digital inputs, an analog input, two analogue outputs (fixed and variable) and a complete pre-amplifier with analog volume control and front panel headphone output featuring vacuum tube gain stages.
You can use the DAC215 for headphones playback. However, you can also use it as a high-end pre-amplifier with volume control, using the amplifier RCA outputs. The volume control and pre-amplifier functionality can be bypassed for pure DAC mode.
The DA215 USB input implementation is one of the most advanced available, featuring USB 2.0 PCM 24/32 bit data transfer to 384 kHz, including native DSD64 and high resolution DSD128. The input is converted to i2s and it is connected directly to the DAC chip.
Once connected, the computer recognizes the DAC and routes the digital audio data to it, bypassing the source device’s internal audio circuitry.
The asynchronous USB-B port connects to the computer’s USB-A port. No power is taken from the computer. The regulated power supply for the USB input section has its own winding of the power transformer and the noisy computer line is completely interrupted by the use of digital Isolators.
D/A Converter Features:
Quad mono drive with
SABRE Ultra DAC
USB Input (PCM): 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz,
96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz
(16, 24, 32 bit)
USB Input (DSD): 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
COAXIAL/OPTICAL/AES /EBU Input: 32 kHz,
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz,
192 kHz (16, 24 bit)
Minimum Jitter with Asynchronous Transfer
Up to 384 kHz/32-bit sampling
Class A analog section
Shielded Power Transformer with Independent
Winding, Isolated Power and Digital/Analogue Blocks
High Voltage Valve amplifier + Solid stage
Analog Volume Control
DAC Digital Inputs:
USB Audio: PCM 44.1~384K (24/32bit),
DSD 2.8~5.6MHz (64~128X)
Windows Vista /7 /8 /10 (32/64bit)
Mac-OS X and Linux with UAC2 without drivers
S/PDIF Input: 1 x COAX / 2 x Optical.
PCM 44.1~192K (32bit)
DAC Analog Output:
RCA. 2.0 V rms. @ 0dBFS
Frequency response: 20Hz~20 kHz (+/-0.2dB)
SNR DAC > 120dB
THD < 0.004%
Valves: 2 x ECC88 / 6DJ8 / 6922
Output Head Amp / Headphones: max. 8.5 V rms
Output impedance / Headphones: 5.0 O
Output impedance / Line out / RCA : 100 O
Frequency response: 20Hz~100 kHz (+/-0.5dB)
SNR: 90 dB
THD < 0.02%
Gain Head Amp: 10 dB
Power Consumption: 25W
Dimensions: 200 x 280 x 115 mm. W x D x H