BAT - Rex 3 DAC

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BAT - Rex 3 DAC

BAT - Rex 3 DAC

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High-Resolution Music Playback Like You've Never Imagined: Reference-Setting BAT REX 3 DAC Features Second-Generation Transformers, Massive SuperPak, Six-Tube Output Stage

Capable of world-class performance, the zero-global-feedback Balanced Audio Technology REX 3 DAC brings previously unheard levels of warmth, detail, and emotionalism to the digital field. BAT's trademarked UniStage technology, tube current sources, C-multipliers, and amorphous-core transformers complement massive power supplies bolstered by two toroidal transformers. Whether your flavor runs toward 384kHz PCM or all the way to 11.2MHz DSD, REX 3 DAC will make your music roar with life.

Incorporating second-generation transformers for output coupling and equipped with the largest SuperPak BAT has offered as standard in a preamplifier or source component, the six-tube REX 3 DAC greatly improves upon the original model. The aforementioned second-generation output transformers feature Cardas Audio's finest OFC copper wiring to yield markedly improved electrical performance. You'll hear crystal-clear transparency, natural depth, and dynamic capability that you'd never otherwise associate with digital playback.

The reference-setting REX's unsurpassed audiophile credentials stem from state-of-the-art engineering in both the digital and analog domains. The digital design, from Andreas Koch, runs at an extraordinarily high clock rate to allow for the gentlest, least-intrusive filter at its output. As a complement, the analog design, from Victor Khomenko, operates a high-current vacuum-tube output stage that alone exceeds the performance of most reference tube preamplifiers. The marriage of the two approaches conveys the most natural, analog-like reproduction of digital recordings available.

We realize REX 3 commands a premium price, but if your goal is the state of the art in sonic reproduction, you'll likely find it worth every penny. To find out if it meets your criterion, arrange for a risk-free in-home audition today backed by our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.

"Despite what some would have you believe, all DACs don't sound the same, and they certainly don't all deliver in musical terms as well as the REX DAC 3. Simply, this unashamedly expensive converter gets you closer to the music without you even realizing it's doing it. Just let it weave its magic, and you'll be too immersed in what's being played to give another thought to all the engineering making it possible."
– Andrew Everard, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review

Second-Generation BAT Output Transformers Feature Cardas Audio OFC Wiring
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Balanced Audio Technology worked closely with its long-term industry partners to improve upon the stellar performance of the BAT output transformer. In the past decade, switching from coupling capacitors to output transformers made the greatest improvement in the sonic performance of BAT preamplifiers and source components. In REX 3, new, second-generation BAT output transformers feature Cardas Audio's finest OFC wiring. According to BAT co-founder and chief engineer Victor Khomenko, "The new transformers' electrical performance sets a new benchmark in achieving low-restriction signal purity and linearity. This is heard as improvement in openness and transparency. They are the most ideal devices to maintain the benefit of our UniStage (single gain-stage signal amplification) architecture. There is less between the listener and the music."

Now Standard: A Second-Generation SuperPak
REX 3 incorporates BAT's second-generation SuperPak as standard. The assembly features the largest energy storage ever offered by BAT in a preamp or source component. One must admire the SuperPak in BAT's reference VK-655SE solid-state power amplifier to find a SuperPak assembly of comparable energy storage. REX 3 DAC's SuperPak dramatically adds to the dynamic performance of the component by extending the bass and offering greater midrange authority.

Zero Negative Feedback for Supreme Purity Plus Six 6C19 Vacuum Tubes
REX 3's analog output stage follows BAT's purist approach of using zero negative feedback to achieve the desired goals of wide bandwidth and circuit linearity. No buffers or followers are used anywhere in the signal path. REX 3 also features a high-current output stage with a total of six 6C19 vacuum tubes. One pair of 6C19 tubes serves as current sources for the power supply of the elegant, trademarked UniStage design. Just as in BAT's REX 3 preamplifier, the REX 3 DAC also employs amorphous-core second-generation transformers for output coupling. No capacitors are utilized in the signal path.

Proprietary DAC Module Runs at an Ultra-High Clock Rate, Uses Custom Filters
With REX 3, BAT wanted to create the most compellingly natural reproduction of the musical source. Ringing from filters that provide a perceived albeit false excitement in playback have no place in REX 3's design. Instead, the proprietary DAC module runs at an ultra-high clock rate while employing custom filters to reconstruct the analog signal in a way that specifically complements REX 3's unique high-current vacuum-tube output stage.

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