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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

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The NuWave DSD is an affordable breakthrough DAC (digital to analog processor) from PS Audio.


Based on the acclaimed Sabre 32 bit Hyperstream architecture, the NuWave DSD accepts inputs from any digital source including I2S, coax, TOSLINK and USB, playing both asynchronous PCM (up to 192/32) and DSD (single or double rate) through our exclusive class A hybrid output stage with either single ended (RCA) or balanced (XLR) connections.


The NuWave DSD handles USB, I2S, coax and optical digital PCM up to 192kHz 24 bits, single and double rate DSD, and features a class A hybrid output stage with remarkable sound quality.


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Digital Streaming Quality - Important Notice:

The available digital audio stream depends on your device and operating system.

For a list of compatible devices please visit http://www.extreamsd.com/USBAudioRecorderPRO/

*Note that some devices need 3rd party software to function. 

PS Audio's most affordable D to A Converter gives up little in the way of features from their larger and more expensive version, the DirectStream. Fully asynchronous on its inputs, the NuWave DSD can take just about any type of input, at sample rates and bit depths to match current high resolution standards and output pure analog through a class A hybrid output stage.

Used with any CD player or transport, the NuWave DSD produces a seamless three dimensional soundstage from your entire CD library. Connected to your computer, running music management software like iTunes, Bit Perfect, Amarra, or JRiver and an iPhone or Droid controller, the NWD becomes your center for streaming high resolution music at the touch of a finger. Performance as well as musicality are never compromised. Hand tuned and personally voiced by Paul McGowan, this fine audio instrument will bring the listener years of musical bliss.

All input signals are taken into the NuWave DSD in Native Mode without Sample Rate Conversion (SRC).

The input is a simplified FPGA known as CPLD (Complex Programmable Logic Device), which discovers sample rate and format. reclocks all incoming data, reduces jitter, waveshapes data output to the DAC chip, and utilizes high speed/low gate count logic to reduce propagation delay for faster throughput. 

The DAC chip itself is the acclaimed 32-bit ESS Sabre Hyperstream architecture with an output that is passively filtered to reduce transient distortion.

NuWave DSD’s power supply includes a massive analog transformer, 7 regulators, properly-bypassed high-speed switching diodes, and a massive 15,000 mFd of storage capacitance.

The output stage is a unique Class-A configuration, fully balanced and direct coupled hybrid array (utilizing both discrete semiconductors and ICs), with an extended bandwidth of -3dB at 60 kHz.

 

Features of the NuWave DSD Dac:

  • Four digital inputs
  • Single and double rate DSD
  • CPLD input (FPGA) lowers jitter, waveshapes, reduces propagation delay
  • Native mode standard
  • No added Sample Rate Conversion
  • I2S input
  • 192kHz asynchronous coax and TOSLINK inputs
  • 192kHz asynchronous USB< input/li>
  • DSD direct through I2S
  • High current class A hybrid output stage
  • Fully balanced input to output
  • Passive output filter lowers transient distortion
  • Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path
  • High bandwidth output stage -3dB 60kHz
  • Low jitter clocks
  • High Current oversized analog power supply
  • 7 voltage regulators
  • High speed power supply diodes
  • Massive 15,000 mFd low ESR capacitors
  • ESS Hyperstream

Features

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Used with any music management software like iTunes, Bit Perfect, Amarra, or J River and an iPhone or Droid controller, the NWD becomes your entry into the world of high-end streaming digital audio.

  • Four digital inputs
  • Single and double rate DSD
  • CPLD input (FPGA) lowers jitter, waveshapes, reduces propagation delay
  • Native mode standard
  • No added Sample Rate Conversion
  • I2S input
  • 192kHz asynchronous coax and TOSLINK inputs
  • 192kHz asynchronous USB< input/li>
  • DSD direct through I2S
  • High current class A hybrid output stage
  • Fully balanced input to output
  • Passive output filter lowers transient distortion
  • Direct coupled without any capacitors in output signal path
  • High bandwidth output stage -3dB 60kHz
  • Low jitter clocks
  • High Current oversized analog power supply
  • 7 voltage regulators
  • High speed power supply diodes
  • Massive 15,000 mFd low ESR capacitors
  • ESS Hyperstream

Specifications

General    
Color Options Black  
  Silver  
Voltage Options Japan 100V
  North America 120V
  Europe/Asia 230V
Main Power Input   IEC C14
Accessories Included Line cord(s) US (NEMA 5-15P) (all versions)
    Schuko (CEE7/7) (230V version)
    UK (BS1363) (230V version)
Digital Audio Inputs Coax (RCA)  
  Optical (Toslink)  
  I2S  
  USB  
Analog Audio Outputs RCA (unblalanced)  
  XLR (balanced)  
     
Features    
Coax Input PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz  
Optical Input PCM 44.1KHz – 96KHz  
I2S PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz  
  DSD single rate (2.8KHz) and double rate (5.6MHz)  
USB USB2.0 Asynchronous Audio  
  PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz  
  DSD single rate (2.8KHz) and double rate (5.6MHz)  
     
Performance    
Maximum Output Unbalanced 2.8VRMS
  Balanced 5.6 VRMS
Output Impedance Unbalanced 100Ω
  Balanced 200Ω
Frequency response   10Hz – 20KHz +0/- 0.3dB
THD 1KHz, 0dBFS < 0.01%
  20-20KHz, 0dBFS < 0.2%
  1KHz, -10dBFS < 0.01%
Noise   <-80dBV
Power Consumption   <10W
     
Mechanical    
Weight 11.5lbs  
Dimensions 8.3" x 2" x 14" (14.7 with connectors) (WxHxD)  

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