DACs

Neko Audio D100 Mk 2 Stereo DAC

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Introduction

DACs are taking over. I've been waiting for this day ever since the CD format came out because DACs provide an upgrade path. Upgrading is fun. And because DACs are cool. The conversion from digital to analog is of course crucial and for electrical engineers holds more than a little fascination as the music is (we hope) recreated from simple ones and zeroes. Since this Neko Audio DAC was shipping from deep within Silicon Valley in California, I assumed it was designed by an engineer who was otherwise employed but had a passion for audio. My assumption was correct, and that passion is well expressed in this design.

Specifications

  • Design: Two-Channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC)
  • Codecs: 16 and 24 Bit, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Inputs: Coax, Toslink Optical
  • Outputs: Single-Ended RCA, Balanced XLR
  • Gold Plated Connectors
  • Gold Plated Solder Pads on Internal Circuitry
  • Dimensions: 2.5" H x 10.5" W x 6.5" D
  • Weight: 5.6 Pounds
  • $1,395 (USA)
  • Neko Audio