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DSDAC 1.0 (deluxe model)

. DSDAC 1.0 deluxe model is a new product which was developed on the basis of the standard model by optimizing the clock system and making major modifications to the circuit. It is different from the ordinary DAC. Its high-precision DSD frequency raising algorithm solves the playback problem of dsd64 perfectly. . The synchronous direct clock technology enables the built-in femtosecond clock to be transmitted to the shift register directly without any process, so that the femtosecond performance can directly improve the analog signal quality. The clock blocking technology can isolates the clock of pre-device completely , so that the clock of the pre-device no longer becomes a factor affecting the sound quality.
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Difference between DSDAC1.0 deluxe and standard model

 

1:  The clock system of  deluxe model has higher performance, RMS jitter is as low as 100fs

2:  Digital & analog circuit is more advanced,many advance component are used

3:  Fully optimized power system.  Independent transformers are used for analog and digital

4:  More exquisite appearance
 

 

 

 

    The performance of deluxe model has been greatly improved.  Many customers has confirmed.  Some well-known hifi websites have also made detailed reviews, such as, 

 

   https://www.head-fi.org/threads/cen-grand-dsdac-1-0-deluxe-ending-point-in-my-search-for-a-new-reference.966809/    (Long review)  (The US)

   https://6moons.com/audioreview_articles/cen-grand-dsdac-deluxe/   (English)

   https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/cen-grand-dsdac1-0/  (The US)

   https://stereo.ru/p/ay7wz-test-tsapa-cen-grand-dsdac-1-0-deluxe-model-tehnologii-na-grani-magii  (Russia)

   https://www.hifistatement.net/tests/item/3459-cen-grand-dsdac-1-0-deluxe-model?start=0   (Germany)

   https://www.salonav.com/arch/2024/01/cap-cen-grand-dsdac-1-0-deluxe-model-i-usilitel-9i-906-silver-fox.htm (Russia)

   https://en.cen-grand.com/news/127.html   (Polish)

 

 


 
 

     DSDAC1.0 is an audio DAC based on DSD audio technology.  It took five years to develop .  It has three advanced audio technologies.

          1:  high-precision algorithm for DSD frequency up

          2:  synchronous direct clock

          3:  clock replacement technology

 
       It is a perfect DSD audio DAC.

 

 

 


1、 R & D background
 

      DSD audio coding mode is  almost perfect although it has many technical barriers.  The unique charm of  DSD sound  attracts many people,  many music lovers have high enthusiasm for DSD in the past decade.  At present more than 10000 SACD music albums have been released in the world  which is a valuable music resource for mankind.  In order to make it play a greater role many people are making unremitting efforts  and we are one of them.
 

      Due to the disc storage space is limited,  SACD adopts the dsd64 format which with lower frequency.  The accuracy of dsd64 in DA conversion is low and there is out of band noise (noise above 23khz) after  DA process.  Therefore, most SACD players must convert dsd64 to PCM  before DA conversion. This way weakens the advantages of DSD , and it was an important reason why SACD fails in the competition with CD.

 

       With the passage of time ,  more in-depth research on DSD coding technology have made progress.  FPGA technology has also made great progress.  Therefore the technology of raise DSD frequency form 2.8224MHz to high number has been available.  It can make the DA process with higher accuracy after frequency  was rised .  At the same time because the frequency of out of  band noise is pushed up , it can be easily filtered out.  Based on these conditions we decided to start the research and development the algorithm for DSD frequency  increasing .
 
 
 
 
2、 R & D history

 

       DSD technology is a commercial technology,  so there is little public information can be found.   After several years of efforts , we studied the basic theory of DSD and created a unique algorithm to realize the high-precision frequency rising.  At the same time  we made a comprehensive innovation in the clock  framework ,  created two unique technologies of "synchronous direct clock" and "clock blocking". 
 

      Analog circuit is the key part of DAC. The advantages of the digital part must rely on the analog circuit . One deviation of the analog part is enough to offset the three advantages of the digital part.  The R & D team of DSDAC1.0 spent nearly a year for designing the circuit architecture of the analog part more than 20 times.   After a long period of adjustment ,dsdac1.0 has reached the level of reference DAC
 
 


 
3、 Core technology
 

       The high-precision frequency rise algorithm  is the core of  DSDAC1.0.   Although there are many ways to realize frequency rising  but the high-precision frequency rise  algorithm is a complex mathematical problem  not a digital technical problem.  The technology of frequency rising not only makes DSD more widely used but also makes DSDAC1.0 become leading audio DAC.
 

       Synchronous direct clock technology :  femtosecond clock inside DSDAC1.0 will be sent to the shift register directly without any intermediate conversion , so that the performance of femtosecond clock is directly reflected in the analog output.  This technology is different from the use of external femtosecond clock and built-in femtosecond crystal oscillator.  The use of external clock and built-in crystal oscillator can only be a source clock,  it must be divided by frequency divider.  In this way,  there are large additive jitter which changes the femtosecond clock from femtosecond to picosecond.  The clock of DSDAC1.0 can be sent to shift register directly  without frequency divider,  it is advanced technology of clock application .

 

       Clock replacement.   It means that the clock from the pre-devices is abandoned and the DSDAC1.0 only uses the local clock.  In this way, the clock of pre-devices such as digital turntable, CD player and digital interface will no longer affect the performance of  DAC.  As long as the data is correct,  there is no difference in any digital source.  This technology is a dream of digital audio.  Clock replacement  is  synchronization process,  not the ASRC , which has great negative impact on sound quality.  It solves the clock problem that has plagued the digital audio field for a long time.
 
 
        DSDAC1.0 has advanced USB interface and can receives DSD source code in native mode.  As a DSD DAC ,  receives DSD source code is a necessary function.  DSDAC1.0 has two ways to input DSD source code:  one is to input dsd64 via SPDIF in DOP mode ,  and the other is to input dsd512 via USB in native mode.  The XU208 scheme of XMOS inside DSDAC1.0 has ground isolation function ,  the interference of the front digital source can be almost  isolate.  We have customized the special driver from XMOS to enable DSDAC1.0 to receive the source code of dsd512 in native mode.

 

       Deluxe model can also be used as a Pre-Amp. It can be provide maximaum 5db gain for the input signal.  In Pre-Amp mode the funtion of DAC would be terminated .
 

 


 
Functional parameters
 
SPDIF sampling rate:   PCM 192 kHz / dop64 (AES, optical fiber, coaxial, BNC )
 
USB sampling rate:   pcm384 / dsd512 (native)
 
Output interface:   one for XLR and one for RCA
 
Output level:   6.2V RMS (XLR), 3.51V RMS (RCA)
 
Volume control range:   - 65dB ~ 4dB
 
Overall dimension:   430 * 360 * 100mm
 
Net weight:  11.5kg
 
Gross weight:  13.8kg

 

 

 

         heavyweight review : https://en.cen-grand.com/news/121.html

 

 

 

 

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