Cary Audio Debuts New Digital to Analog Converter

Cary Audio wants you to know that it has long been synonymous with "the world’s best sounding audio components." The new DAC-200ts is no exception, says the company, and represents its best digital product yet.
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Cary Audio wants you to know that it has long been synonymous with "the world’s best sounding audio components." The new DAC-200ts is no exception, said the company, and represents its best digital product yet.

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 The DAC-200ts digital to analog converter is packed with features like TruBit up-sampling.

The DAC-200ts digital-to-analog converter is packed with features like TruBit up-sampling. It utilizes a 128 bit DSP engine that expands native bit depths to 32 bits and up-samples incoming rates to one of seven selectable sample rates, up to 768 kHz.

Whether a signal is up-sampled or left native, the signal is clocked several times with Cary Audio's OSO re-clocking, then sent to four independent DACs for eight channels of processing. In a press release, the company noted that using multiple parallel DACs ensures that the process of converting a true balanced or single ended digital signal will retain all the musicality stored within while transitioning it to a pure analog signal that sounds like analog.

Even more important than the digital topology is the analog circuit. Once Cary Audio has ensured the best possible, most pure conversion of the digital information to an analog signal it is introduced to the analog circuit. Drawing on years of experience in designing some of the world’s best analog circuits, the analog section of the DAC-200ts is nothing short of amazing.

The Dual Independent Output (DiO) analog topology utilizes a separate solid state output stage and a separate vacuum tube output stage. Not to be confused with a hybrid design where a circuit always has the same sound characteristic, the separate independent analog output stages allows users to tailor the sound of the DAC-200ts to the user's source material with the simple touch of one button. Having the ability to enhance the sound characteristics of the DAC-200ts to match the user's source material means maximum flexibility for maximum sonic benefit. Not only is the DAC-200ts a reference level digital source unit, it can also be used as a digital preamplifier using its 3.0 volt variable volume output. What’s more, a clock input allows for the use of an external master clock, or using the clock output allows the DAC-200ts to function as a master clock for other digital sources capable of a master clock input.


The DAC-200ts supports super high resolution Asynchronous USB computer audio. That means PCM up to 32 bit/ 384 kHz as well as native DSD 64, 128, and 256 audio. Additionally, the DAC-200ts includes; CSR aptX lossless Bluetooth, SPDIF coaxial and Toslink inputs, AES/EBU input and both fully balanced XLR and RCA outputs. Large VFD display, full function remote control, and ethernet and Wi-Fi for control systems are also included.

The DAC-200ts began shipping on April 9, 2015.

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