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"Convenience and Hi-fi Sound Quality" – The Absolute Sound
Oppo's Sonica DAC pairs the sound quality of a traditional audiophile DAC with the convenience and versatility of a high resolution network player. Whether you're connecting a computer via USB, or streaming from DLNA servers on your computer or NAS drives, the Sonica DAC ensures that you're hearing your favorite music at its best.
The Sonica DAC allows you to access your favorite music in many different ways. It can be used as a traditional DAC to improve the audio performance from your computer via USB, as a high resolution media player decoding audio from connected USB storage devices, or even as a network streamer playing content from DLNA servers and via AirPlay and Bluetooth.
"The new Oppo Sonica DAC improves upon the highly regarded audio performance of the Oppo HA-1 and BDP-95/105 players and presents an upgraded DAC chipset, the flagship ESS ES9038PRO SABRE DAC," reports The Absolute Sound Buyer’s Guide to Personal Audio, Analog, and Vinyl 2016. "The Sonica DAC combines the convenience of modern network streaming and the hi-fi sound quality of the traditional audiophile DAC."
Convenient Control and Connectivity
Sonica DAC is controlled via a dedicated app for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to easily find and access content from DLNA servers, connected USB drives, and streaming services such as Tidal and Spotify. (A smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS is required.)
Top of the Line Digital to Analog Performance
With more and more music coming from digital sources, the DAC is one of the most important components for digital audio playback. OPPO Sonica DAC is equipped with an ES9038PRO 32-bit HyperStream DAC chip at its core. The flagship of the ESS SABRE PRO series, ES9038PRO sets a new benchmark for audio excellence.
Clean Power for Clear Music
The Sonica DAC's audio circuitry is powered by a massive toroidal power transformer, which offers superior efficiency and significantly lower exterior magnetic field interference compared to traditional laminated steel core transformers.
Fully Balanced Design
The Sonica DAC's audio output path is fully balanced from the DAC chip all the way to the XLR outputs, and even the RCA output signal is converted from the balanced output. The balanced design provides better common-mode noise rejection, improves signal quality, and results in better channel separation by eliminating the common ground return path.
Play and Stream High Resolution Music
In addition to its traditional DAC capabilities, Sonica DAC is also a high resolution network player that can decode audio files up to 24-bit 192 kHz from formats such as FLAC, WAV, and Apple Lossless, as well as DSD64 files from DLNA servers and connected USB drives.
Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth
The Sonica DAC supports Apple AirPlay, which allows you to stream your music from iTunes, iOS devices, and OS X computers to Sonica DAC through your network. In addition, Bluetooth support adds another layer of convenience, allowing you to quickly connect your mobile devices to Sonica DAC to stream music.
Asynchronous USB DAC
The Sonica DAC turns any computer into a high performance audio source by bypassing the typically low fidelity, poor quality DACs found in traditional computer soundcards. The asynchronous transfer mode uses the high precision clock inside the Sonica DAC rather than relying on the computer's clock. The USB DAC input supports PCM up to 768 kHz 32-bit and up to DSD512.
Easy Integration with the Sonica Multi-Room Speaker System
The Sonica DAC brings high-resolution audio playback, network streaming, and mobile device connection to your existing home audio system. As a member of the OPPO Sonica product family, the Sonica DAC enables you to connect existing analog audio source to the Sonica multi-room network using the AUX input. Add some Sonica Wi-Fi speakers and enjoy your favorite tunes anywhere in the house.
Easy Connection with Source Components and Amplifiers
Sonica DAC provides both XLR balanced and RCA single-ended outputs, and the outputs can be set to volume-controlled or bypass, making it suitable for connecting to either pre-amps or power amplifiers. 12V trigger input and output make it possible to turn on and off the entire audio system with one click. In addition to the USB DAC input and network streaming, Sonica DAC also offers coaxial and optical digital inputs for additional digital audio sources.
Classic Design with Contemporary OLED Display
Sonica DAC sports a classic aluminum chassis with the familiar volume and source selection knobs. A 2.8-inch OLED display complements the brushed metal front panel, offering read out of the current volume and detailed information about the audio signal.
"The new Oppo Sonica DAC improves upon the highly regarded audio performance of the Oppo HA-1 and BDP-95/105 players and presents an upgraded DAC chipset, the flagship ESS ES9038PRO SABRE DAC. The Sonica DAC combines the convenience of modern network streaming and the hi-fi sound quality of the traditional audiophile DAC."
- The Absolute Sound Buyer’s Guide to Personal Audio, Analog, and Vinyl 2016
"Sonica DAC/streamer is not just an audiophile gem, but also a legitimate bargain."
- Chris Martens, Sept 12, 2017 – hi-fi+
"Sonica DAC is a great way to improve the sound quality of your system without a hefty price tag."
- Kevin Nakano, June 15, 2017 – LA Audio File
"At its price point, there isn’t any serious competition in the audiophile arena."
- Harris Fogel & Nancy Burlan, May 25, 2017 – Maceditionradio.com
"The Sonica DAC is a remarkable device for the money, encompassing just about every computer music need in one simple package."
- Andrew Everard, May 17, 2017 - Gramphone
"OPPO has really stolen a march here on pretty much every mid-fi DAC maker out there with the launch of the Sonica DAC and using the ES9038PRO DAC inside."
- Marcus Downey, May 21, 2017 – Headfonics.com
"The Oppo Sonica streaming DAC is one of the most versatile, best sounding digital sources I have ever used. Add to the fact that it only costs $800 and that just about makes me doubt my sanity!"
- Jack Roberts, May 5, 2017 – Constantine Soo’s Dagogo.
"If you are looking for a desktop solution or whole house audio, you simply can’t go wrong with the OPPO Sonica DAC."
- Gary Alan Barker, April 24, 2017 – headphone.guru