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CEC DA5 D/A CONVERTER
CEC Audio, synonymous with analogue playback, musical and engaging, their belt drive transports were the pinnacle of CD spinning. So to their D/A converters had that musical soul that reminded us of vinyl playback…Sonic Art is proud to be offering CEC again to the Australian market, we have been involved with CEC since the late 90’s selling many TL series transports and DX series DAC's. We look forward to again, being able to offer audiophiles a digital playback system with a musical, analogue sound.
The new CEC DA 5 sits at the centre of the audio listening stage weather you enjoy music via CD Transport, reproduce high resolution music source at its highest level of DSD 256 through PCs, try to adjust the sound volume by the digital volume control or to just listen with your headphones.
The new CEC DA 5 provides music inspiration and impression by the ability to reproduce the highest resolution digital music source. Digital signals supplied by the CD transport are fully converted to analogue without any distortion.
As a high quality D/A converter, the CEC DA 5 works as the high precision USB-DAC compatible with PCM 384 kHz and DSD 256/11.2 MHz. A highly capable OP amplifier confirms easy listening through headphones even at high level and digital control volume adjustment enables to place CEC DA 5 as the center of your audio system.
The conversion from digital to analogue signal is performed by the ESS Hyper stream DAC chip ES9018K2M compatible with 32bit - 384kHz PCM and 11.2MHz - DSD 256. Exceptional channel separation and wide dynamic range result in reproducing music with unbelievable breath and depth of sound stage. CEC DA 5 offers two different digital filters. "FLAT", a standard filter with super linear frequency response to 20kHz, and "PULSE", a ringing-free pulse-optimized filter with a softer roll-off below 20kHz.
Digital Inputs: SPDIF: Balanced type AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink are compatible with 24bit/192kHz. USB: PCM 32bit/384 kHz and Native reproduction of DSD256/11.2MHz are available.
Both conventional type RCA and balanced type XLR connections are available. We recommend the balanced connection to make CEC DA 5 balanced circuit superiority perform at its fullest.
Incorporating a high performance headphone amplifier circuit the DA5 is equally at home with hi-end headphone users.
Digital volume control can adjust the analogue output level in the digital domain. Adjustments from -99dB up to 0dB without deteriorating sound quality are possible. You may even connect directly to a power amplifier and/or active loudspeakers, and adjustments are done via remote control. Once output level has been set it is memorized even after power is off. LED monitor indicates the input status, input sampling frequency and filter condition. You may select the light condition out of three steps of brightness according to your listening condition.
Test reports in international magazines as well as the testimony of our satisfied customers worldwide confirm that we have achieved our musical objective: music reproduction at its highest level!
DAC: ESS ES9018K2M
Power Supply: 230v 50hz
Analog Outputs: XLR & RCA
(digital variable) (- 99 dB to 0 dB)
• AES/EBU x 1: PCM up to 24bit/192kHz
• COAXIAL x 1: SPDIF 24bit - 192kHz
• TOSLINK x 1: SPDIF 24bit - 192kHz
• USB 2.0 x 1: 32bit/384kHz, DSD 256 up to 11.2896MHz
Headphone: 6.3mm - digital+analog volume controls
Frequency: 20 Hz to 20 kHz/±0.1dB
S/N Ratio: 105dB, 1kHz/0dB
Cross Talk: 105dB, 1kHz/0dB
THD: 0.014%, 1kHz/0dB
Colour: Silver or Black