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32-bit audio DAC targets audiophile-grade applications

Julien Happich -July 03, 2013

Ismosys, ESS Technology's pan-European representative has released details of the latest derivative of the world’s highest performance 32-bit Reference Stereo Digital-to-Analog Converter.

Designated the ES9018-2M Sabre32 Reference Stereo DAC, the new ESS device is a two-channel 32-bit digital-to-analog converter that incorporates patented circuits to deliver spectacular music with up to 127dB dynamic range and 0.0001% (-120dB) total harmonic distortion, free from the clock jitter that commonly plagues digital audio systems.

The 32-bit HyperStream modulator is capable of 100% modulation and unconditional stability; the Revolver Dynamic Element Matching ensures performance over a wide dynamic range, while a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator removes the digital jitter that causes distortion, says the company.

The ES9018-2M Sabre32 Reference Stereo DAC supports stereo conversion from digital audio input in PCM, DSD or SPDIF formats of up to 384kHz sampling rate, in both synchronous and ASRC (asynchronous sample rate conversion) modes, featuring click-free soft mute, volume control, de-emphasis, programmable zero detect, a small 28-QFN (5x5mm) package and low power consumption - less than 40mW in normal operation and 1mW in standby.

Samples of the new ES9018-2M SABRE32 Reference Stereo DAC are available now in a 28-QFN package, which Ismosys is supporting with a range of ESS evaluation boards.

Sabre audio DAC information page

Visit Ismosys at www.ismosys.com

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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.

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