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Price: $880.00
Availability: Available
Model: Xciter DAC

A stella DAC from hi-end stereo maker Cary Audio. In mint condition comes with original box.

This DAC is a very attractive unit, featuring a heavy-gauge black chassis with a thick billet aluminum faceplate. The rear of the unit provides four digital inputs, including S/PDIF, Toslink, USB 2.0 and BNC interfaces, as well as a set of single-ended analog outputs, all of which are gold-plated. The face of the unit is dominated by a large rotary knob that turns with the precision of a fine Swiss watch and is used to select the input. The remaining space is filled with nine Cary signature blue LEDs that indicate which input is active, as well as the sample rate of the incoming signal and power status.

The highlights of the DAC circuitry include an AKM digital receiver and a 32-bit chip running at 192KHz doing the actual conversions, as well as Cary Audio-specific National Semiconductor TO-99 current feedback and output devices.

Sonically, the Cary Xciter DAC is fantastic and an absolute bargain at its price. Its sound is open, smooth and detailed, without ever being edgy or harsh. It worked great being fed by my transport and even better from my laptop. This product will simply astonish anyone who thinks his or her PC or Mac sounds pretty good.

Specifcations:

Input Receiver AK4115 & CM108 ........................................................................................................................................................................... D/A Converter AK4399 ........................................................................................................................................................................... Digital Inputs 4 selectable inputs: coaxial single-ended, coaxial BNC, Toslink, USB. (Gold-plated) ........................................................................................................................................................................... Analog Outputs 2 RCA analog outputs (Gold-plated) ........................................................................................................................................................................... Input Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192 kHz ........................................................................................................................................................................... Bit Depth Accepted 16-24 bit, LPCM 2ch audio stream ........................................................................................................................................................................... Capacitors Panasonic electrolytic capacitors, Tantalum capacitors, WIMA polyester film and foil capacitors ........................................................................................................................................................................... Power Transformer Dual C core power transformer ........................................................................................................................................................................... Dynamic Range 117dB ........................................................................................................................................................................... Signal to Noise Ratio 109dB ........................................................................................................................................................................... Noise and Hum -101dB below rated output ........................................................................................................................................................................... Audio Output Level 2.0v RMS 200 Ohm output impedance ........................................................................................................................................................................... Frequency Response 20Hz – 22kHz (44.1kHz) ........................................................................................................................................................................... Wiring Printed circuit board and custom point-to-point cabling ........................................................................................................................................................................... AC Cord 3 conductor shielded, detachable ........................................................................................................................................................................... AC Power Requirements 234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz ........................................................................................................................................................................... Power Consumption 23 Watts ........................................................................................................................................................................... Finish Black powder-coated matte cabinet, silver anodized-aluminum faceplate standard ........................................................................................................................................................................... Weight 12 lbs ........................................................................................................................................................................... Dimensions 3 1/2" H x 11" W x 13" D ........................................................................................................................