Description

FIDELICE THE PRECISION DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER

A new digital standard from the master of analog.

With over five decades of experience producing equipment for the world’s finest studios and concert halls, Rupert Neve is revered by the world’s recording engineers and producers as the number one name in high-quality audio. Now, Rupert’s fifty-plus years of experience and engineering have been distilled into the superlative core of your home listening system: The Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter.

GREAT SOUND STARTS & ENDS IN ANALOG

As in the professional recording environment, analog signal quality is paramount to the listener’s experience, and Rupert Neve’s analog circuit designs have a pedigree of preternatural musicality and clarity. The Precision DAC is built around pure Class-A topologies, with transformer balanced XLR outputs similar to those found in Rupert Neve’s classic studio designs: just as they are crucial to perfecting the art of musical recording, these circuits are also the key to the Precision DAC’s stunning playback resolution, and to its ability to produce a soundstage with visceral realism and unparalleled depth.

“Absolutely superb.”

— JUDE MANSILLA, HEAD-FI.ORG

THE NEW STANDARD IN DIGITAL ACCURACY

The Precision DAC will resolve every last bit of nuance in your music collection. In DSD mode, the DAC is capable of operating at the highest available standard of DSD512 (22.4 MHz). In PCM mode the the DAC is capable of reproducing 32-bit, 384 kHz files. Pristine clocking with the top-of-the-line AKM converter chips and highly customized integration make the Precision DAC a true reference level product. The Precision DAC’s rear panel also features digital filter sets to further adapt the sound for any system.

THE REFERENCE HEADPHONE AMP

The headphone amp in the precision DAC elevates the award-winning RNHP design with the inclusion of XLR balanced and Pentaconn balanced connections in addition to the 1/4” unbalanced output. The Headphone amp also features a high gain switch to drive the most difficult to power headphones – this is pure headphone audio at its finest.

“Listening to the new Fidelice Precision DAC’s headphone output with the new ZMF Verite Closed-back design was a revelation.”

— ERIC FRANKLIN SHOOK, PART-TIME AUDIOPHILE

THE SPECIFICATIONS

While listening tests are always the final arbiter for all of our designs, the Precision DAC also delivers truly world-class technical specifications in addition to its stunning sound quality. From the unbalanced input to the unbalanced output, the THD+N @ 1kHz is a vanishingly low .0003%, with noise at -109dBV (22 Hz – 22 kHz) and frequency response of better than +/- .1dB from 5 Hz to 112 kHz. Even from the Precision DAC’s balanced input to transformer balanced output, THD+N @ 1 kHz remains better than .0005%, with noise at -101.2dBV (22 Hz – 22 kHz).

To hear the Precision DAC is to experience recorded music’s true potential.

SPECIFICATIONS

CONNECTIONS

Analog Inputs: XLR Balanced, RCA unbalanced (+4 /-10dB operating levels switchable on the rear panel)

Digital Inputs: Coax S/PDIF, Optical S/PDIF, USB (Mac / PC / iOS / Android)

Analog Outputs: XLR balanced (fixed or variable), RCA unbalanced (fixed or variable)

Headphone Outputs: TRS unbalanced, 4-pin XLR balanced, Pentaconn balanced

Firmware Update: Micro USB

Balanced XLR Input to Balanced XLR Output (FIXED Volume) Source Z = 40 Ω Balanced with 30 ft Output XLR

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ Output Impedance: 40 Ω Maximum Input Level (+4dBu Selected): +23.5 dBu Maximum Output Level: +21.3 dBV Noise @ FIXED Volume (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -101.2 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 116 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0005% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

Unbalanced RCA Input to Unbalanced RCA Output (2V RMS Redbook) Source Z = 470 Ω Unbalanced

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ Output Impedance: 33 Ω Maximum Input Level: +19.2 dBV Maximum Output Level: +19.2 dBV Noise @ FIXED Volume (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -109 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 112 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0003% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

Balanced Input to Unbalanced Headphone Output Source Z = 40 Ω Balanced

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ Output Impedance: 0.01 Ω Maximum Output Power: 1W into 16 Ω Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -98.2 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 200 kHz): +/- 0.2 dB typical THD+N (1W into 36 Ω Load @1 kHz): 0.003% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz) THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @ 1 kHz): 0.006% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

DIGITAL PATH SPECIFICATIONS

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Balanced XLR Output (FIXED Volume, 192 kHz SR)

Noise (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -96.2 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 23 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0004% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Balanced Headphone Output (192 kHz SR)

Output Impedance: 0.02 Ω Maximum Output Power: 1W into 16 Ω Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -89.2 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @1 kHz): 0.008% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Unbalanced RCA Output (FIXED Volume, 192 kHz SR)

Noise (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -107 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0004% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Unbalanced Headphone Output (192 kHz SR)

Output Impedance: 0.01 Ω Maximum Output Power: 1W into 16 Ω Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz – 22 kHz BW): -95.2 dBV typical Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @1 kHz): 0.006% typical (10 Hz to 22 kHz)

POWERING

Operating Mains Voltage: 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz AC Power Consumption: 45W Max