Parasound Ships Zdac DAC and Headphone Amp

Parasound is now shipping its new Zdac V.2 Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier.
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Parasound is now shipping its new Zdac V.2 Digital Audio Converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier.

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 Zdac V.2

The Parasound Zdac V.2 follows on the success of the original Zdac, adding enhanced preamplifier features, a new headphone amplifier with increased gain, and dual output jacks, and improved system integration with 12-volt triggers. Lightning jack equipped Apple iOS devices can now send digital audio directly to the Zdac V.2's USB port (Apple Lighting to USB adapter required).

Zdac V.2 adds a high-slew-rate headphone amplifier to prevent the odd-order distortions that contribute to listening fatigue. Its low 10 ohm output impedance combined with higher gain allows it to drive phones up to 600 ohms. There is a dedicated headphone volume control, and dual 1/4- and 1/8-inch phone jacks to avoid added adaptor contact noise.

The DAC is configured to drive a power amplifier directly without need of a preamplifier. Its balanced XLR and RCA line outputs can be variable, or fixed level for maximum signal-to-noise. Twelve-volt triggers are now provided for automatic on and off.

Like it's predecessor, Zdac V.2 has optical and coaxial digital inputs that support up to 192-kHz/24-bit sources, and a USB input for up to 96 kHz/24 bit sources. It provides asynchronous sample rate conversion of all inputs, which are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz/24 bit.

The Parasound Zdac V.2 is available in silver or black finish with a $549 MSRP.

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