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Rein Audio X-DAC with USB Input

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Introduction to the Rein Audio X-DAC

USB DACs are hot items now because you can play music from your computer through them and into a set of headphones or to your main hi-fi rig. Some of these DACs only have a USB input, (no S/PDIF inputs) because their main purpose is for use with a computer. Of course, all computers come with audio ciruitry on the motherboard, and if you have a sound card installed in one of the PC card slots, it may very well have an S/PDIF output. However, their quality is often questionable due to the typically low cost of the sound card. Rein Audio, a German manufacturer, makes the X-DAC, which is a 24/192 DAC with both coaxial and Toslink optical S/PDIF inputs, but also, it has a USB input (24/96) to be used with your computer, giving you better sound quality than you would get from your computer's audio circuit.

Specifications

  • Design: DAC
  • Native Resolution: 24 Bit/192 kHz (24/96 via USB)
  • Digital Receiver Chipset: Wolfson CS8416
  • Digital Decoder Chipset: Wolfson WM8740
  • Output Chipset: AD797 Fully Balanced in XLR Output
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, -0.5 dB
  • THD+N: 0.006%
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
  • Analog Output: 2 Volts RMS
  • Inputs: Two Coax, One Toslink Optical, One USB
  • Outputs: XLR and RCA
  • Dimensions: 2.5" H x 7.5" W x 8.8" D
  • Weight: 5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $780 USA
  • Rein Audio
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