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PS Audio DirectStream DAC

Hand written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DirectStream to ten times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. Classic PCM based DACS, including many of today’s DACS that can also process DSD, tend to cover up some of the subtle musical details buried deep within digital audio music; a problem inherent in their architecture. DirectStream solves this problem by employing a pure DSD single-bit approach for both PCM as well as DSD media. This means that your entire library of music can finally reveal all the music and subtle low level details buried deep within its core. Imagine going to a recording studio and listening to a master tape of any recording made. This is the experience DirectStream provides its owners who enjoy a renewed sense of enjoyment and discovery when listening to everything in their library: CD’s, downloads, DSD.
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Descrição

Pure DSD is the answer

Put DSD into DirectStream, you get DSD. Put PCM (how CD’s are recorded) into DirectStream, you get DSD. DirectStream converts all digital inputs, including PCM, to pure 1-bit DSD, in an elegantly-simple path. In the process, the PCM feed becomes more linear, less edgy, and never-before-heard musical details are released from all digital audio recordings. Billions of CDs and high-resolution downloads worldwide will gain new life, and be saved from obsolescence. There’s a notion floating around high-end audio circles that DSD may be nothing more than a passing fad. In fact, we would suggest the opposite may be true. PCM based music decoders are nearing the end of their lifecycle in favor of a significantly more musical sounding format, DSD.

A better format

DSD is a high sample rate single-bit format while PCM is a lower sample rate many-bit format. DSD sample rates are 64 times higher than those used to create CDs and the output of a DSD stream can be placed through a simple filter to produce pure analog ready to feed your audio system. PCM, on the other hand, can produce great sounding music but to do so requires a very complex and technically daunting conversion process to produce something you can play on your system. Sometimes the simplest path is the best sounding one. DSD is a far more analog-like encoding and decoding process than classic PCM. In fact, most modern A/D converters (used to make the recordings) are DSD based already and that movement is growing. There are millions of PCM based recordings that will be in our libraries for years to come, but with the introduction of DirectStream, you no longer need listen to them with a PCM based processor.

Hear more than you ever imagined from CDS

DirectStream converts everything to DSD, even PCM before delivering the music to your system. This approach, coupled with careful design, low jitter and a simple and direct signal path has the benefit of uncovering details buried in the music you may not have realized are even there. CDs come alive with subtle details that were never apparent with your older DAC; details you never knew even existed. CDs sound more like high resolution audio than you ever imagined, closing the gap between higher resolution PCM and DSD copies. No longer do you need to consider replacing your current CD library because once you hear what’s truly on your discs, you may not need to consider upgrading to a higher resolution copy at all. Yes, it is that obvious and significant.


Converting PCM to DSD

Converting PCM to DSD can be an easy exercise using any number of computer software programs. Converting PCM to DSDproperly,and in such a way as to reveal missing details in the music, is a serious technical challenge. To handle this properly DirectStream utilizes 66-bit fixed-point FIR filters, eliminates headroom issues common to PCM, flattens noise response in the 20-100kHz region, uses coefficients optimized for best sound rather than faster processing speed and optimizes hardware-specific operations not possible in software. Unlike other processors available today, DirectStream unifies all inputs (PCM or DSD) at 10 x DSD, then uses a true single-bit double-rate DSD core engine. True DSD core engines (compared to the standard multibit Sigma-Delta converters followed by random lower quality multibit converters) offer advantages in simplicity, linearity, and in analog-like overload characteristics that avoid PCM’s hard clipping potential and a PCM processor’s propensity to mask subtle details.

Características

Physical



Unit Weight22 lbs [13.5 kg]
Unit Dimensions14” x 17” x 4” [ 36cm x 43cm x 10cm]
Shipping Weight31 lbs [19 kg]
Shipping Dimensions20.5”x 24” x 10” [52cm x 61cm x 25cm]

Power requirements


Input PowerModel specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption30W

Digtial audio inputs

I2S(2), Coax, XLR Balanced, TOSLINK, USB, Network Bridge slot

Sample Rates

I2S,S/PDIF, and USB -- 44.1kHz to 352.8kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64, DSD 128
TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz 16bit, 24bit
XLR (AES/EBU) -- 44.1kHz to 192kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64

Analog Audio Output


Connector RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)
Output level, low1.41 Vrms(+5BV)/3.15
Output level high, maximum2.81 Vrms (+8dBV)/5.3 Vrms (+12dBV)
Output Impedance100Ω/200Ω
Frequency Response20-20KHz +/- 0.25dB
THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale)<0.03%
Output StagePassive audio transformer, fed by high current, high speed analog amps producing double rate DSD.

Data Handling


FormatPCM or DSD
Sample rate (PCM)44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz
Word length (PCM)16b, 18b, 20b, 24b
Data rate (DSD)Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs
Input jitter reductioneffectively 100%, residual immeasurable. No input PLLs, FLLs.
Input Processing170MHz
Signal Processing50MHz
Synchronous Upsampling, all inputs28.224MHz
Digital Processing S/N ration>146 dB
Digital Volume ControlZero loss of precision
Analog Conversion methodDelta Sigma (DSD) Single-bit double rate

I2S Digital Input


ConnectorHDMI
FormatPCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs

USB Digital Input


ConnectorUSB "B” Type
FormatPCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)
Transfer modeAsynchronous