Model S4 is coming

Model S4 comes to show how real audiophile reference USB DAC sounds today. It also includes acclaimed and well known Audial S/PDIF quality input.

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USB board Mk3 and AYA II revisited (proposal)

Two projects proposal for 2018.

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Plans for 2018

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Another story about TDA1541A: 384 kHz

Can this old gem get there?

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Back to the roots: 14 bits (of TDA1541A)

By measuring standard low level performance at -60 dBFS (dithered sine wave), there was practically no difference between its regular 16 bit, and this 14 bit “mode” of operation. Noise floor, on the other hand, is somewhat higher, roughly speaking 6-12 dB, and that is what you would expect, given 2 bits difference.

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USB to simultaneous data or I2S converter, series 2

Audial USB interface second release. Now offered as both module and ready made device.

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USB to simultaneous data (or I2S) board

Audial quality USB interface. At one side it connects to PC via USB port, and on the other it outputs “raw” PCM signal, in simultaneous data or I2S form.

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Transformer coupling pros and cons (in a nutshell)

Purely sonically, transformer coupled output has more calm presentation, with more quiet background, and somewhat more precise soundstage. On the other hand, transformers can lack some definition at the most bottom end. Still, possible benefits and shortcomings depend also on the environment.

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Cermet potentiometers

Audial Model A uses cermet potentiometer as premium part. The reason is simple: cermet is sonically clearly superior to any other potentiometer type. Cermet potentiometers are still however relatively unknown, so more information follows.

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Model A volume control

Model A uses the low impedance shunt potentiometer. This article brings more details about this ultimate volume control.

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