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Transform your digital audio experience with the PerfectWave DirectStream DAC MK2 by PS Audio. With a legacy of setting reference standards globally, the DirectStream DAC MK2 revolutionises your music listening experience with its galvanically isolated conversion. Whether sourced from CDs, streaming audio, or any other digital medium, the DirectStream MK2 meticulously upsamples your audio to twenty times the DSD rate, presenting it as pure analog for your enjoyment. Its revolutionary technology completely eradicates incoming noise and jitter, delivering only pure, untouched audio brilliance. Custom crafted and field upgradeable, the DirectStream MK2 promises continual improvement and ceaseless performances that defy the boundaries of digital to analog conversion. Don't just play music, dive into the depths and subtleties of your audios that have been hidden all along with the DirectStream DAC MK2.

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PS Audio - DirectStream DAC MK2

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Experience a revelation of sound with the PS Audio - DirectStream DAC MK2, the successor of the renowned PerfectWave DirectStream DAC that has been globally acknowledged as a reference standard for the past 8 years. Surpassing the traditional high-end DACs which rely on off-the-shelf IC technology, the DirectStream DAC MK2 is a paradigm-shifting innovation that leverages advanced software based on handwritten FPGA code upgradeable by the user, establishing superior audio precision.

Its discrete, galvanically isolated, perfection-oriented conversion unravels all previously concealed details from your digital audio media, turning CDs, high-resolution PCM, streaming audio or DSD-based media into upsampled sound that is output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. It raises the bar unmatched by any DAC in terms of sound quality at its price point. Reviving the music and detail that's been missing in your audio collection, it redefines the standard for high-resolution analog performance from digital sources.

With the DirectStream DAC MK2, noises and jitter from incoming sources stand no chance as it eliminates them via galvanic isolation of every input, output, ground, and power source, producing pure DSD format out of any digital input format and masterfully outputting immaculate analogue audio. Crafted by PS Audio's digital audio expert Ted Smith, the DAC undergoes a far more precise and meticulous digital signal processing which significantly enhances the sound quality and facilitates upgradeability. Find solace in this DAC, knowing that you'll be on the receiving end of future performance breakthroughs from Smith's relentless exploration in digital audio reproduction — free of charge as a downloadable upgrade, ensuring continuous improvement of the DirectStream MK2 DAC over time.

Heighten your listening experience and get sound so authentic you'll find it hard to differentiate from a live recording and you'll discover missing elements in your discs with this DAC.

Features:

  1. 100% DSD-Based D-A Converter: The DirectStream DAC MK2 introduces a revolution in conversion technology with its DSD-based D-A Converter. It's designed to provide optimum sound quality by unearthing hidden audio details.
  2. Software Upgradeability: This machine complements its high-functionality with adaptability. Thanks to its FPGA software base, updates and enhancements can be easily implemented without the need for a hardware replacement.
  3. Volume and Balance Control: The built-in volume and balance control feature ensures perfect audio output regulation which is crucial in maintaining the audio quality.
  4. PCM and DSD Upsampling: The DirectStream DAC MK2 expertly increases the sampling rates of PCM and DSD to DSD20 rate producing a pure analogue sound that pushes sound details to the forefront.
  5. Passive Transformer Coupled Output: This offers an immaculate dispersion of the sound across the audio spectrum without distortion ensuring a soundstage with imaging that is second to none.
  6. Immunity to Jitter Problems: The DirectStream DAC MK2 handles jitter issues effectively, ensuring that your sound is free from distortions caused by timing errors.

Benefits:

  1. Unmatched Sound Quality: With its DSD-based D-A Converter, FPGA coding and advanced upsampling technology, clear and precise audio reproduction becomes the standard.
  2. Future-Proof: With the user-upgradeable software based on handwritten FPGA code, this DAC remains relevant in coming years, as improvements continue to roll in from PS Audio's research.
  3. Optimal signal regulation: The rich features such as the volume, balance control, and passive transformer-coupled output provide optimal signal regulation assuring a clear and balanced sound.
  4. Noise Elimination: The galvanic isolation feature helps to drastically reduce noise, providing a pure, uninterrupted signal for your listening pleasure.
  5. Heightened Listening Experience: With the perfect blend of technology and design, the DirectStream DAC MK2 transforms the way you listen. Be ready to experience sound in a whole new way, full of detail and musicality.
  6. Precision and Clarity: The advanced DSD conversion technique combines with high-performance passive audio output transformers to deliver absolute precision and clarity in your music, whether it's streaming audio, CD, PCM, or DSD-based media.
  7. Easy installation and handling: The product dimensions (21 lbs [9.53 kg]; 14" x 17" x 4" [ 36cm x 43cm x 10cm]) make it quite easy to handle and install into any audio setup. This DAC will comfortably give your audio arrangement a whole new lease for a better vibrance and dynamism.
Specifications Description
Physical Dimensions 14” x 17” x 4” (36cm x 43cm x 10cm)
Unit Weight 21 lbs (9.53 kg)
Shipping Dimensions 20.5”x 24” x 10” (52cm x 61cm x 25cm)
Shipping Weight 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Power Requirements Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption 25W
Digital Audio Inputs I2S (2), Coax, XLR Balanced (2), Optical, USB
Sample Rates Varies between PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, and 705.6; DoP64, DoP128, DoP256, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256
Analog Audio Output Connector RCA single-ended or balanced, XLR balanced
Output Level High, maximum 4 VRMS Balanced, 2 VRMS Single Ended
Output Impedance <100Ω/<200Ω
Frequency Response 20-20KHz +/- 0.25dB
THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale) <0.1%
Output Stage Passive audio transformer, fed by high current, high-speed analog amps producing double rate DSD
Data Handling Format PCM or DSD
Sample Rate (PCM) 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz; 705.6kHz
Word Length (PCM) 16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data Rate (DSD) Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP as well as raw DSD on I2S and USB inputs
Input Jitter Reduction Effectively 100%, residual immeasurable. No input PLLs, FLLs
Input Processing 225.792MHz
Signal Processing 56.448MHz
Upsampling All inputs 56.448MHz for 48k, 96k or 192k; 11.2896MHz for all others
Digital Processing S/N ratio Upsampling > 210dB, volume control and Sigma Delta Modulator: > 330dB
Digital Volume Control Zero loss of precision
Analog Conversion Method Low pass filter DSD256 (quad rate DSD: single bit DSD at 11.2896MHz)
I2S Digital Input Connector HDMI
Digital Input Format PCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs
USB Digital Input Connector USB “B” Type
USB Digital Input Format PCM, DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM), or Native DSD
Transfer Mode Asynchronous

Unlock auditory marvels with the PS Audio - DirectStream DAC MK2 - Digital to Analogue Converter, a device that singularly redefines high-resolution analogue performance. With an unwavering commitment to musical truth, it liberates every latent detail in your digital audio files, casting off the shackles of conventional DACs. Step into the future of audio transcoding, with a product that grows alongside advancements in digital audio technology, ensuring perpetual enhancement over time. From the confines of your own listening room, experience sound in its purest form, so near to a live performance it's uncanny. To elevate your audio journey, reach us at The Audio Tailor - your station for exceptional sound. Get in touch today via our Contact URL, or at our Brisbane store, and discover first hand why we've been voted Australia's #1 Hi-Fi Store. Your missing musical elements are waiting to be found, and the PS Audio - DirectStream DAC MK2 is the key to unlock their potential. Experience the revolution and bring the concert hall to your home.

ℹ Specifications
Specifications Description
Physical Dimensions 14” x 17” x 4” (36cm x 43cm x 10cm)
Unit Weight 21 lbs (9.53 kg)
Shipping Dimensions 20.5”x 24” x 10” (52cm x 61cm x 25cm)
Shipping Weight 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Power Requirements Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption 25W
Digital Audio Inputs I2S (2), Coax, XLR Balanced (2), Optical, USB
Sample Rates Varies between PCM 16 and 24 bits at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, and 705.6; DoP64, DoP128, DoP256, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256
Analog Audio Output Connector RCA single-ended or balanced, XLR balanced
Output Level High, maximum 4 VRMS Balanced, 2 VRMS Single Ended
Output Impedance <100Ω/<200Ω
Frequency Response 20-20KHz +/- 0.25dB
THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale) <0.1%
Output Stage Passive audio transformer, fed by high current, high-speed analog amps producing double rate DSD
Data Handling Format PCM or DSD
Sample Rate (PCM) 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz; 705.6kHz
Word Length (PCM) 16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data Rate (DSD) Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP as well as raw DSD on I2S and USB inputs
Input Jitter Reduction Effectively 100%, residual immeasurable. No input PLLs, FLLs
Input Processing 225.792MHz
Signal Processing 56.448MHz
Upsampling All inputs 56.448MHz for 48k, 96k or 192k; 11.2896MHz for all others
Digital Processing S/N ratio Upsampling > 210dB, volume control and Sigma Delta Modulator: > 330dB
Digital Volume Control Zero loss of precision
Analog Conversion Method Low pass filter DSD256 (quad rate DSD: single bit DSD at 11.2896MHz)
I2S Digital Input Connector HDMI
Digital Input Format PCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs
USB Digital Input Connector USB “B” Type
USB Digital Input Format PCM, DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM), or Native DSD
Transfer Mode Asynchronous

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