This is Veracity's Ultimate Dac
Chrysalis is from the Greek for 'gold'. And this Dac is one to treasure. It was built to fulfil the ultimate natural purpose of music- to lift and transport you to another world. The chrysalis project was about completely satisfying and transforming the listening experience.
Gregor had no intention over the long winter months to make something to compete with vinyl; he was listening for perfection on his own terms. His standards are transcendent. Perfect pitch. So what is the final result? A sound that stops you in your tracks, new, fresh, captivating: like the best vinyl system. Our first reviewer was pretty shocked and so were we. Always ready to think twice, we thought, maybe like new parents, we were biased into loving this sound. But questioned how we could deny it. When it fires up, one's mood is transformed. Then our first listener's dynamic decision: he wanted it now! He bemoaned his vinyl investment (''it outvinyls the vinyl'') And it was no fluke. This happened again and again.
There's a hidden treasure of detail in your CDs and this dac will reveal that treasure in beautiful analogue sound. Files from your laptop or computer are transformed into true music. Chrysalis dac plays DSD in its purest form. With a playback software like J River, Audirvana, Foobar, Infinity Blade, you have a portal into richness. The detail revealed is captivating.
This is an artisan product from conception to creation; an engineering journey, and you will feel the beauty of the engineering in the smooth functionality of this digital to analogue converter. As an object it is a pleasure to use. You'll understand when you see it, feel it; but the sound? We listen to music every day. We are energised by Chrysalis. This is a box filled with golden treasure. Like a chrysalis, it hides the secret. It is a labour of love taking 50 man hours to build by hand. It was a winter's tale achieving the sound.
See below for the features and technical specs and also check out the FAQs to discover the detail of this beauty.
Digital to Analogue processor with separate conversion for PCM and DSD. DSD64(SACD) and DSD128 double rate support. Quad mono PCM conversion architecture with non-oversampling mode. 24bit/192kHz sample rate support. Three digital inputs, 2x RCA, 1x USB. Analogue volume control with resistor/relay stepped attenuator. Remote control for inputs and volume (handset included). Dual mono Triode Valve analogue output stage. Preamplifier function (stereo RCA line-in). Stereo RCA and XLR analogue outputs. Headphones output.
Format: PCM or DSD
Sample rate (PCM): 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Word length (PCM) 16bit, 24bit
DSD rate: SACD standard (2.8MHz) DSD64 and DSD128 double rate (5.6MHz-6.144MHz)
DSD transfer support: raw (native) DSD or DSD over PCM (DoP) into USB input with ASIO/WASAPI driver
D/Analogue conversion method:
PCM- multibit hybrid
DSD- 1bit ΔΣ, analogue filter
PCM processing S/N ratio >124 dB
DSD reconstruction filter S/N ratio >113 dB
2 x 6SN7 dual triode voltage driver
2 x ECC82 dual triode, high current output driver
A pair of Jensen Copper paper-in-oil signal decoupling capacitors
Operation mode: pure classA single ended triode without feedback
Front panel power On/Off switch
Rear panel device pwr cut-off switch
Front panel rotary input selector with LED indicators for: inputs, SPDIF signal ON and DSD ON,
Front panel rotary volume control
Mains voltage: 100-120VAC or 220-240VAC (mains voltage compatibility is factory set according to order)
Power consumption: 50W
Unit weight: 14.5kg
Unit dimensions: 44cm (W) x 31cm (D) x 15cm (H), 17.32" x 12.20" x 5.90"
Shipping weight: 20.5kg
Shipping dimensions: 65cm (W) x 55cm (D) x 40cm (H), 25.59" x 21.65" x 15.74"