Save $250 on Brilliant-Sounding Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC and Headphone Amp: Asynchronous 24-Bit/192k USB DAC Supports Up to 2x DSD and is Perfect for Hi-Res Music Streaming
Front-Panel USB Port, Three-Level Gain Control, Extraordinary Connectivity, Gorgeous Wooden Side Panels Place Marantz HD-DAC1 Among Best DAC/Headphone Amplifiers
Prepare yourself for brilliance (and for saving $250 on a unit that sounds like it costs much more): Marantz's HD-DAC1 DAC/headphone amplifier takes personal listening to an echelon of musical realism on par with the company's Reference Series components. Equipped with current feedback technologies from Marantz's Premium 11 Series, HDAM-SA2 modules, and three-level gain control, HD-DAC1 features enough power to drive high-impedance headphones without breaking a sweat. The stupendous-sounding HD-DAC1 can even drive your amplifier or powered speakers! An asynchronous 24-bit/192k USB DAC supports up to 2x DSD and practically begs you to stream high-resolution music directly from your computer. A front-panel USB port, fixed and variable RCA outputs, and wooden side panels help top off this statement piece.
Whether you're utilizing it as a standalone headphone amplifier or connecting to your existing hi-fi system for use as a stellar DAC (CS4398), HD-DAC1 is sure to please. It drives audiophile headphones of up to 600 ohm with complete ease. HD-DAC1 can also be used as a preamp or connected to a stereo system. In addition to the front-panel USB port, optical and coaxial digital inputs enable music streaming directly from PCs or Macs. iDevices can be connected via the USB port on the front. Marantz even included an analog input. To safeguard quality when connected to a computer, Marantz built extended isolation around the USB-B input to eliminate the chance of any computer-generated high-frequency noise entering HD-DAC1. A jitter remover and dual clock ensure extreme accuracy, and our 100% Music Direct Guarantee ensures your happiness!
"It's a sound with much to enjoy on the hi-fi level, but above all, uses its abilities to ensure that the listener is drawn into the music being played and the performance being given. And yes, as in the very best Marantz-driven systems, there is a very real sense of 'performance' about the way this little box presents whatever it's fed."
– Hi-Fi+, Highly Recommended review
"What the HD-DAC1 did was provide my wife and me with hours and hours of entertainment, and we didn't feel the least bit deprived, given its price. It handled both PCM and DSD well, and it brought some pep to my high-resolution library. It worked flawlessly while it was in my system. The HD-DAC1 swung, it rocked, and it even soothed the soul!"
– Vance Hiner, The Audio Beat
"At $799, the Marantz HD-DAC1 is very easy recommendation for those who are looking for a DAC that offers superior dynamics, fantastic looks, and a rich feature set with a pedigree that is just about second to none. The build quality and attention to detail are just crazy for this price point."
"We are dealing here with a device which does not sweeten or make you bore, but tells the truth about headphones and recordings, and even goes a few steps further."
– Stereo Life
Knockout Looks and Build-Quality Exude Luxury, Class, Craftsmanship
What else to say about HD-DAC1's extraordinary appearance other than that we wish every component looked so good? Volume, input, resolution, and other pertinent information is shown on the stylish Marantz Porthole Display. And the attractive solid-aluminum front panel is supported by a double-layer bottom plate and retro-styled wooden side panels. Offering both outstanding looks and performance, HD-DAC1 exudes luxury, class, and craftsmanship.