ALPHA DESIGN LABS - ESPRIT USB DAC
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Brand: ALPHA DESIGN LABS
Category: Audio Equipment, Headphone Amps, D/A Converters, Computer Audio, USB DACS.
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ADL's Esprit Provides Brilliant Sound, In or Out
Furutech's new Esprit is designed from the same mindset as their innovative GT40 DAC. With stunning 24-bit/192kHz performance, analog RCA inputs, as well as USB and coax digital, the Esprit allows you to control an entire small system with a rich, captivating sound virtually unheard of at this price point. The Esprit's convenient sizes belies its impressive array of features: it can be used both as an analog or digital audio-out from your computer, or as a high-definition input source to digitally record almost any analog source. It even offers a toggle switch to choose Recording Attenuation: dB: 0dB, 6 dB, or 12dB.
"The Esprit output was both focused and lean. Upper mids were crisp and fully formed. Offering excellent sonics and a design that wreaks of quality, the ADL Esprit is a flexable and adaptable little box that would enhance the quality of any computer system."
The Esprit is designed around a high-performance 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson WM8716 DAC. ADC duties are covered by the CIRRUS LOGIC CS5361 24-bit/192kHz converter with Multi-bit architecture at 114dB dynamic range. It also features optical, coaxial and a pair of line-level inputs for whatever home entertainment devices you use. The Esprit also carries both analog and optical outputs (Optical output for USB source only: Optical S/PDIF output signal via USB playback only. The S/PDIF signal output will support digital surround multi-channel formats such as AC3/DTS Decoder). Completely control an analog, digital or computer-based system with superior sound while recording vinyl or any other analog or digital source to hard disk! The exceptional headphone amplifier drives 16 to 600 ohm 'phones with aplomb.
"The ADL Esprit could be all the preamp you need. You can hook up two line sources, two digital sources, and a computer via USB, for a total of five playback devices -- more than enough for most systems. When I listened to high-resolution tracks the ADL Esprit produced as wide and deep a soundstage as I’ve heard. This was undoubtedly due to its extremely low noise floor, excellent channel separation, and transparency. I could find no fault with the ADL Esprit's sound quality -- it was as
transparent as any other preamp, integrated amp, or DAC I had at my
USB & analog playback and record multimedia audio system
Connectivity: USB B interface, analog input/output on RCA jacks, optical input/output Toslink jacks, coaxial input RCA jack. (Optical output for USB source only)
Coax Playback Resolution: 24bit/192KHz (Max)
Optical Playback Resolution: 24bit/192KHz (Max)
USB Playback Resolution: 24bit/96KHz (Max)
USB Recording Resolution: 24bit/96KHz (Max)
Resolutions supported: 16/24 bit
Sampling rates supported: 8/16/32/44.1/48/96 KHz
Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz (±0.5 dB)
S/N ratio: -95dB (A-wtd) / Line Output
Max. Line Output Level: 7.5 Vrms (THD;1%), Line Output impedance : 100 ohm
THD: Line Input ; 0.01% , Digital Input ; 0.05%
Headphone Max. Output Level:
241mW (56 ohm)
130mW (300 ohm)
76mW (600 ohm)
Power Supply AC Adaptor Rating: Erp step2 compliant, 2Wire AC Input Type, Class II, AC/DC Switching Adaptor output DC 15V / 0.8A / 12W
Dimensions: 150 (W) x 141 (D) x 57 (H) mm
Weight: 900g Approx.
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