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Weiss Engineering DAC501 D/A Converter; Roon Ready

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Weiss DAC 501

Note: The DAC502 and the DAC501 are essentially the same circuit, with just a rear balanced headphone output added in the DAC502. The 502 is standard component-width, while the 501 sports a smaller, desktop-friendly chassis. 

"The shootouts showed an upside suggesting a higher value than the prodigious investment of the Weiss, and that these levels of digital audio are possible."

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The Weiss DAC501 and DAC502 represent the pinnacle of development from a Swiss company founded by an original pioneer of digital processing and conversion.

Beyond the vivid and detailed sound of an award-winning digital converter, the finely-crafted onboard DSP (Digital Signal Processing) features take the DAC's function to another level. Equalization in the digital realm, for instance, is a modern, uncompromised solution to an age-old issue, and owners of a Weiss DAC are able to take full advantage of the company's years of dominance in this pro audio specialty.

The Weiss DAC501 and DAC502 aim to be an easy, yet sonically glorious one-box solution, offering advanced streaming capabilities as well. Roon Ready and bit perfect, you just add an amp and speakers (or powered speakers) and you're done.

Or, connect the converter's balanced outputs to your favorite preamplifier and level the volume at 0dB to hear attenuation-free, perfect audio.

Weiss Engineering's 30 year history in the pro audio recording and mastering businesses have taught them a thing or two. They consider the DAC501 and DAC502 to be "The essence of their experiences."

Find out what that sounds like, and why critics continue to rave about the Swiss converters by connecting with our experts today.

The DAC501-4ch and DAC502-4ch versions are now also available. The "4ch" indicates that those units will be 4-channel playback capable besides the standard 2-channel operation. In addition they sport the latest D/A Converter chip for a no-compromise performance. Standard DAC501 and DAC502 units can be upgraded to the DAC501-4ch or DAC502-4ch version respectively.
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Features
Mechanics
The DAC50x uses a stainless steel chassis with a solid 10 mm aluminium front plate.

Power Supply
A powerful non-switching power supply is used. All sensitive voltages have their own regulators which are separated between left and right channels. The result is an analog output free of “digital noise” and channel crosstalk. The power switch activates a semiconductor relay which only switches on or off at zero crossings of the mains voltage. This assures a glitch free power switching. The two mains transformers are toroidal types. Mains voltage selection is done automatically by measuring the mains voltage before power is applied to the rest of the electronics.

Synchronization
An internal high precision / low jitter clock generator is responsible for clocking the D/A converter section. The sampling frequency of that generator is fixed at about 195kHz. The input signals are converted to the 195kHz sampling frequency for optimal signal quality. This scheme also helps significantly in reducing any jitter related effects. All standard sampling frequencies up to 384 kHz plus DSD x64 and x128 are supported.


Digital Inputs
There are a total of five inputs:

AES/EBU or S/PDIF via XLR, Toslink and RCA sockets
UPnP / DLNA via Ethernet
USB
Roon Ready
Accepted formats: PCM 44.1kHz up to 384 kHz, DSD 64x / 128x.

Future formats can be accommodated for via software updates.

Signal Processing
The DAC50x has a digital signal processing chip built in (DSP).
The following DSP algorithms are currently implemented:


Room Equalizer - targets bass modes, which are the hardest to tame in a room naturally.

Creative Equalizer - DSP-based tone controls, highly engineered to be transparent. Three bands of audiophile cut or boost available for fine tuning.

De-Essing - be it from the recording, the speakers or whatever the reason, the surgical de-esser comes in handy from time to time as a subtle tone control.

Constant Volume - with the "loudness wars" dying down, popular music can be all over the place, volume-wise. This function transparently levels the volume. Ideal for parties or playlists.

Vinyl Emulation - this feature is pure fun, and invokes a real sense of listening to the music on a record.

Crosstalk Cancelling (XTC) - this unique and handy function allows speaker users to fully enjoy "binaural" recordings that previously could only be completely experienced with headphones.

Loudness Control - following the Fletcher/Munson Curves, this tried-and-true function raises treble and bass at low volumes. This compensates for human hearing characteristics at low sound levels.

Headphone Equalizer - to adapt any headphone to the listener's ears in terms of frequency response.

Crossfeed - to emulate a speaker based playback impression on headphones. This can be useful on older recordings with instruments panned hard left or right.

Converters - two of the latest 32 bit D/A Converter chips are used. Two D/A conversion channels are used per audio channel, resulting in exceptional performance specifications.

Analog Outputs

Line out unbalanced on RCA connector.
Line out balanced on XLR connector.
Headphone out on 1/4" Jack Analogue.
For the DAC502: Additional headphone output on a 4 pin XLR connector.
Discrete output stages for both line and headphone outputs are employed.
The output levels can be set in a coarse manner with 4 steps to adapt for the amplifier or headphone connected. The levels can be set independently for line and headphone outputs.
No sound degrading servo mechanisms are used.


Front panel controls

A rotary encoder knob for changing parameters and for powering the unit on/off.
A touch screen color LCD display.
An 1/4 inch headphone socket.
An IR receiver.


Back panel elements

Analog outputs on XLR and RCA connectors.
Digital inputs on XLR, RCA, TOSLINK, USB, Ethernet connectors.
USB type A connector for various applications.
Mains connector with fuses.


IR Remote Control
Allows to control several functions of the DAC50x, namely:

The input selected for conversion.
The output type, level, muting, absolute polarity.
Power on/off.
DSP presets.


Web Interface

The DAC50x has a web interface for configuring it via a web browser. The following functions are accessible via the web interface:

Volume and Balance controls.
Input selection.
Output type.
DSP algorithms configuration.
DSP snapshots configuration.

Specifications
Power
Mains voltage: 100…120 V or 200…240 V, automatic voltage selection

Fuse rating: 500 mA slow blow at 100…120 V, 250 mA slow blow at 200…240 V

Power consumption: 25 VA max.

Power consumption in standby: 2.2 VA max.

Size DAC501
Depth: 30 cm
Width: 18,8 cm
Height: 6,6 cm
Height with feet: 7,2 cm

Size Remote
Depth: 2,1 cm
Width: 4,5 cm
Height: 16,6 cm

Available Color
Silver, Black

Digital Inputs
(1) XLR connector
(1) RCA connector
(1) TOSLINK connector (optical)
(1) USB type B connector

(1) RJ45 Ethernet connector
All inputs accept professional or consumer standard , i.e. accept AES/EBU or S/PDIF signals
. Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz on any of the inputs. USB and Ethernet also support 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz, DSD64 and DSD128

Maximum input word-length: 24 / 32 Bits

Digital Outputs
none

Analog Outputs

(2) XLR connectors (hot on pin 2), short circuit proof output circuitry, DC coupled, low output impedance
(2) RCA connectors, short circuit proof output circuitry, DC coupled, low output impedance

(1) 6.3mm Jack socket for headphones, DC coupled, low output impedance

At the DAC502 only: (1) 4 pin XLR socket for headphones, DC coupled, low output impedance

The output level is selectable via the LCD menu or the web interface; four settings are provided as shown below:

XLR Output with a 0 dBFS sine wave input:
0 dB setting: 6.8 Vrms +18.9 dBu
-10 dB setting: 
2.2 Vrms +8.9 dBu
-20 dB setting: 0.68 Vrms -1.1 dBu
-30 dB setting: 0.22 Vrms -11.1 dBu

These levels are achieved with a 0.0 dB setting for the level control on the LCD screen.

Suggested subsequent amplifier input impedances:

0 dB setting: 900 Ω or higher

-10 dB setting: 100 Ω or higher

-20 dB setting: 60 Ω or higher

-30 dB setting: 60 Ω or higher

RCA Output with a 0 dBFS sine wave input:
0 dB setting: 3.4 Vrms +12.9 dBu
-10 dB setting: 
1.1 Vrms +2.9 dBu
-20 dB setting: 0.34 Vrms -7.1 dBu
-30 dB setting: 0.11 Vrms -17.1 dBu

These levels are achieved with a 0.0 dB setting for the level control on the LCD screen.

Suggested subsequent amplifier input impedances:

0 dB setting: 450 Ω or higher

-10 dB setting: 50 Ω or higher

-20 dB setting: 30 Ω or higher

-30 dB setting: 30 Ω or higher


Headphone Output:
(1) stereo 1/4-inch jack connector, DC coupled. The output level is selectable via the LCD menu; four level settings are provided as shown below:

Headphone output with a 0 dBFS sine wave input:
0 dB setting: 6.8 Vrms +18.9 dBu
-10 dB setting: 
2.2 Vrms +8.9 dBu
-20 dB setting: 0.68 Vrms -1.1 dBu
-30 dB setting: 0.22 Vrms -11.1 dBu

These levels are achieved with a 0.0 dB setting for the level control on the LCD screen.

Suggested headphone impedances:
0 dB setting: 200 Ω or higher

-10 dB setting: 30 Ω or higher

-20 dB setting: 10 Ω or higher

-30 dB setting: 4 Ω or higher

The same parameters apply to the 4 pin headphone output of the DAC502 as well.

Synchronization

Via the input signal in case of the AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs. Via the internal oscillator in the case of USB and Ethernet inputs


D/A Converter chip

Over-sampling multi-bit sigma-delta converter
Two converters per audio channel


Measurements Main Output

The measurements below have been taken at the following conditions (unless noted otherwise): 1 kHz measurement frequency, maximum selectable output level, 192 kHz sampling frequency (Fs), 22 kHz measurement bandwidth, unweighted, 0 dBr equals the output level at 0 dBFS input.

Frequency Response:

Fs = 44.1 kHz, 0 Hz…20 kHz: within ±0.25 dB
Fs = 88.2 kHz, 0 Hz…20 kHz: within ±0.25 dB

Fs = 88.2 kHz, 0 Hz…40 kHz: within ±0.8 dB

Fs = 176.4 kHz, 0 Hz…20 kHz: within ±0.25 dB

Fs = 176.4 kHz, 0 Hz…40 kHz: within ±0.8 dB

Fs = 176.4 kHz, 0 Hz…80 kHz: within ±2.5 dB



Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N):

-111 dBr (0.0003 %) at −3 dBFS input level

-125 dBr (0.000056 %) at −40 dBFS input level

-125 dBr (0.000056 %) at −70 dBFS input level

Linearity:

At 0 dBFS to −120 dBFS input level: less than ±0.2 dB deviation from ideal

Spurious components (including harmonics):

At 0 dBFS input level, maximum output level, 1 kHz, all components at less than −110 dB

At 0 dBFS input level, maximum output level, 4 kHz, all components at less than −110 dB

Crosstalk:

Better than 110 dB, 20 Hz…20 kHz

Interchannel Phase Response:

±0.3° 20 Hz…20 kHz
±0.6° 20 Hz…80 kHz

Awards
Product of the Year Awards!
AudioArt - DAC Products of the Year 2020
SoundStage Pioneering Design Achievement
26th Guangzhou AV fair - Best DAC
MyHiend - Best Innovation Award
Audiophile/Videophile - Product of the Year
HiFiReview - Product of the Year

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