HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER / DAC COPLAND DAC 215
Based on the extraordinary quality / price ratio of its vacuum tube-based amplification electronics, Copland has just launched its first digital audio processor - DAC - with a dedicated audiophile grade headphone amplifier specifically geared towards making the most of high resolution digital formats. As befits a product signed by a company with an unmistakable purist accent, the DAC215, which immediately draws attention for its very compact dimensions and its purity of lines, bases its attributes on a very careful combination of circuit topology and components chosen for their qualities. sonorous. Thus, at the heart of the new DAC of Copland found a D / A conversion section with several S / PDIF inputs and PCM and DSD signal processing capacity, based on the reputed ES9018 Reference “chip” from the exclusive American firm ESS. It is a sophisticated piece of microelectronics with 32-bit technology, assembled, in this case, in a monophonic quad configuration (that is, 8 mono to 2 stereo). On the other hand, and in tune with the philosophy of Copland, the analog and filtering sections of the DAC215 are made entirely with discrete components, deserving to be noted in this regard that the Class A topology used in the first of them is identical to that found in the company's celebrated CD players. Scandinavian. To all this must be added that the DAC215 houses inside a fully equipped pre-amplification circuitry, of which we must highlight an audiophile-inspired analog volume control and, very especially, a headphone output powered by a circuitry that combines operation in Class A with vacuum tube-based gain stages that brings unprecedented musicality in a product of its class and price.
Features: - Headphone amplifier with very high performance DAC. - D / A conversion circuitry with 32-bit resolution. - Compatible with PCM signals up to 32 bit / 384 kHz and DSD64 / 128. - Asynchronous USB input plus 3 S / PDIF digital inputs. - Preamplification circuitry executed with vacuum tubes. - Analog output circuitry configured in Class A. - Dedicated headphone amplifier configured in Class A. - Frequency response: 20 - 20 kHz, +0 dB, -2 dB. - Signal / noise ratio greater than 120 dB. - USB input compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7/8, Mac-OS X and Linux. - Dimensions: 200 x 115 x 280 mm (W x H x D). - Weight: 3.8 kg.