The Zdac is one of the latest entries in Parasound's Z-series of half-width audiophile elements. Its size may be compact, however its performance is anything however little. In reality, the amount of advanced technology packed into the compact casework of the Zdac is excellent, and the level of performance is sensational. In a market fulled of DACs, Parasound has actually set a brand-new requirement for performance and value with the aid of well-known Danish digital professionals Holm Acoustics. Unique Re-Clocking System The Zdac sounds more natural and less 'digital' than DACs costing much more because of its ingenious design and high quality parts. Its distinct re-clocking system preserves the pioneering source audio information by eliminating jitter contamination that is picked up along the digital signal chain. This extremely reliable jitter-reduction system works on all inputs, not just the USB input, as in many other DACs. This is accomplished through the synergy of two premium parts, an Analog Devices AD1895 asynchronous sample rate converter and an AD1853 DAC IC, the very same DAC IC that Holm picked for Parasound's $5,000 Halo CD 1 CD gamer. To additionally enhance sound quality the digital signal for all inputs is up-sampled to 422 kHz. The Zdac accepts 24 bit word lengths and all sampling rates up to 192 kHz on S/PDIF and Optical and 96 kHz on USB. Signals are reclocked and after that upsampled to 422 kHz for brilliant and uncomplicated reproduction. "We welcome you to compare the Zdac to any DAC selling for under $1500," states Parasound's President Richard Schram. "You have our permission to purchase a superior DAC without a high rate.".
Premium Analog Devices AD1853 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter IC
All inputs feature jitter reduction and are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz / 24 bit
Asynchronous USB input for playing music from PC or Mac (driver-less for easy setup)
Works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit
RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs