"It Kind of Blew My Mind"
The Woo Audio WDS-1 Digital-to-Analog Converter is a superior digital audio playback component designed for serious music lovers. It is the perfect companion for any computer audio system, as well as for Woo Audio's own state of the art WTP-1 Red Book CD Transport.
"In a word, I was stunned," notes Issue #61 of Positive Feedback. "I thought it would sound good, but I had no idea how good it would sound, and it kind of blew my mind."
"If you still have a large collection of CDs, check out Woo Audio's new WTP-1 CD transport and WDS-1 digital-to-analog converter combination," notes Steve Guttenberg in his CNET.com review for April 11, 2012. "The Woo components have a neutral sound quality, with excellent resolution of fine detail. I listened to a wide variety of music on CD, and the Woos' clarity and resolution were top-rate."
"I believe that Woo Audio's first attempt at a solid-state DAC offers a beautiful analog-type presentation and allows you to really relax and connect with the music in a very natural way," raves Terry London in a HomeTheaterReview.com review for November 13, 2013.
No Upsampling or Oversampling
Neither upsampling nor oversampling is used. The WDS-1 maintains pure data integrity, transmitting it via a standard high speed USB 2.0 interface operating in asynchronous mode.
The WDS-1 supports 24-Bit/192 kHz high resolution playback from all inputs. The ultra-low jitter USB 2.0 circuitry runs in Asynchronous mode. The S/PDIF interfaces consists of optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU via XLR connection. An input switching button lets you access all digital inputs, and there's a selectable digital filter in Sharp and Slow modes. The VFD display shows inputs, sampling rate, filter, and volume.
High Quality Construction
The high quality construction features include an all-aluminum chassis with no screws visible from any viewing angles, individual power supplies for both digital and analog circuitries, a custom built toroidal power transformer, multi-layer military grade PCBs, and an optional premium aluminum remote control. Individual power supplies are provided for both digital and analog circuitries. All of the above are the result of Woo Audio's extensive focus on vigorous product development and improvements.
The WDS-1 incorporates a digital volume control, which allows for direct connection to any power amplifier, negating the need for a preamplifier. Maximum output can be set at either two or four volts to suit different amplifier/speaker combinations.
The Woo WDS-1 includes a customized driver for Windows Vista/XP/7. USB Audio Class 2.0 is natively supported by Apple OS X version 10.6.4 and above.
Handcrafted and Made in the USA
Woo Audio takes great pride in every component that the company designs and manufactures. All products are handcrafted, and they're made in the USA.
"If you still have a large collection of CDs, check out Woo Audio's new WTP-1 CD transport and WDS-1 digital-to-analog converter combination."
"The Woo components have a neutral sound quality, with excellent resolution of fine detail. I listened to a wide variety of music on CD, and the Woos' clarity and resolution were top-rate."
- Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, April 11, 2012
"I believe that Woo Audio's first attempt at a solid-state DAC offers a beautiful analog-type presentation and allows you to really relax and connect with the music in a very natural way. I don't want to give the impression that the WDS-1 DAC is just euphonic or pleasant to listen to; it also offers excellent resolution/details with dynamics and kick. However, unlike many solid-state DACs at this price point, it also offers rich natural tonality/timbres and image density."
"The WDS-1 DAC alone is a wonderful-sounding DAC that you can drive with your computer. If you still spin Red Book CDs, the addition of the WTP-1 Transport will allow you to enjoy your total music collection at a very high level of sonic performance. I highly recommend you put both the WDS-1 DAC and the WTP-1 Transport on your audition list if you are looking for a new digital front end."
- Terry London, HomeTheaterReview.com, November 13, 2013
"In a word, I was stunned. I thought it would sound good, but I had no idea how good it would sound and it kind of blew my mind."
- Positive Feedback, Issue #61