A Truly Musical Preamp, DAC, and Headphone Amp
The NuPrime DAC-10H combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K and DSD256 decoding with a high-power balanced headphone amplifier.
The DAC-10H distinguishes itself from the stacks of high performance DACs that are currently cluttering the marketplace. NuPrime recognizes that merely supporting standard sampling rates and hi-res music formats using state-of-the-art chips or proprietary digital signal processing is not sufficient.
To satisfy the most discerning audiophiles, the NuPrime DAC-10H does three things exceptionally well. First, it will drive any headphones with ease. Second, it delivers the utmost detail during a symphony’s quietest passages or a soundtrack’s heart-pounding explosion. Finally, it accomplishes all of this in the most natural sound. It is a truly musical device.
High-end Preamp Section
To meet the requirement of audiophiles who want to eliminate extra components in their system, the DAC-10H incorporates a high-end preamp capable of driving the power amplifier directly. The DAC-10H includes features borrowed from the Reference class P-20 preamp, including an advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, which provides a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting. It also has individually adjustable volume on each input for precise source level matching and volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments.
The Heart of the System
As the heart of an audio system, the DAC-10H supports an extensive number of inputs and formats. Utilizing the world’s best performing 32-bit audio DAC is only a first step for designing the ultimate DAC. The experience and proprietary know-how in designing many "Editor’s Choice" and "Product of the Year" award-winning products elevate the NuPrime DAC-10H above the competition.
Notable features include five digital inputs and two stereo inputs for system flexibility. Inputs consist of one USB digital, two coaxial digital S/PDIF, two optical digital S/PDIF, and two analog stereo RCA. Outputs consist of optical digital (up to 24 bit/192 kHz), unbalanced stereo RCA line out, balanced stereo XLR pre-out, balanced headphone out (XLR-4 jack), and unbalanced headphone amplifier out (1/4" jack).
On the output side, it offers unique dual gain settings for RCA with 2V or 4V outputs, XLR with 4V or 8V outputs. Each of the balanced and unbalanced headphone outputs have four different high power output settings.
World's Best 32-bit Audio DAC
The SABRE32 Reference ES9018 from ESS Technology is the world’s best-performing 32-bit audio DAC solution for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With ESS’s 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 135 dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, all of which put the DAC-10H at the industry’s cutting edge.
Symmetrical signal processing with exact signal transmission over the entire frequency spectrum and extremely low harmonic distortion ensures an unadulterated musical presentation. Asynchronous transfer mode delivers extremely low levels of jitter. Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage offer the lowest possible noise level.
The DAC-10H supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 (up to 11.2MHz) and DoP (up to 5.6MHz) method and sample rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz and DSD64 to DSD256.
Top Quality Headphone Amplifier
Today’s best headphones can cost as much as a high-end DAC. Their owners demand a headphone amp that fully exploits their potential. Key features of the DAC-10H headphone amp include a four-pin balanced and a standard 1/4" stereo headphone amplifier outputs. The output circuitry is designed for use with up to two dynamic headphones. Consistent wiring and the use of XLR-4 sockets ensure excellent channel separation. A convenient gain switch offers best performance with in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.
Other features include a linear power supply with a multi-rail toroidal transformer, independent left/right channel power supplies, a 12V trigger output, and full microprocessor control with memory retention. A wireless remote is included. The DAC-10H is offered in stylish black or silver anodized aluminum finish.