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Antelope Zodiac DACs

Antelope Zodiac DAC   Antelope Zodiac DAC   Antelope Zodiac DAC
   

Antelope Voltikus Power SupplyAntelope Zodiac DACs are usually available for free home demonstration: email us for details > or call 01782 621225 . . .

Despite the name being unfamiliar among domestic audiophiles, Sofia-based Antelope Audio makes arguably the world's finest clocks and pro digital equipment, including the Rubidium-driven 10M. Given that the company's knowledge of and experience in tackling jitter is second to none, it's perhaps surprising they've taken this long to release a DAC. Maybe it's taken years to get it right. However, it's been worth the wait: all Zodiac models offer Trinity-level de-jitter technology for the highest levels of resistance to computer transport issues. This means that, in practice, they belong to a tiny, exclusive group of converters that genuinely level differences between jitter-inducing upstream alterations to hardware or software. Inevitably, they are not immune to galvanic noise corruption, so the addition of a high quality USB cable – or, ideally, a USB power isolator – and Antelope's optional three-stage 'Voltikus' linear power supply are both worthwhile upgrades.

  Antelope Zodiac Antelope Zodiac Plus Antelope Zodiac Gold
D/A Chip:
BurrBrown PCM1792A BurrBrown PCM1792A BurrBrown PCM1792A
  64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
  Antelope Oven-Controlled clock Antelope Oven-Controlled clock Antelope Oven-Controlled clock
Outputs:
RCA single-ended output RCA single-ended output RCA single-ended output
XLR balanced output with trim pots XLR balanced output with trim pots XLR balanced output with trim pots
  Ultra linear, dual stage headphone amp Ultra linear, dual stage headphone amp Ultra linear, dual stage headphone amp
    De-jittered digital output over AES/EBU and S/PDIF De-jittered digital output over AES/EBU and S/PDIF
Inputs:
Two coaxial (SPDIF) digital inputs Two coaxial (SPDIF) digital inputs Two coaxial (SPDIF) digital inputs
Two optical (Toslink) digital inputs Two optical (Toslink) digital inputs Two optical (Toslink) digital inputs
Custom 24/96 USB Mini-B digital input. No drivers required for Windows or Mac OS. Antelope-bespoke 24/192 asynchronous USB B digital input. No drivers required for Windows or Mac OS. Antelope-bespoke 24/384 asynchronous USB (standard B) digital input. No drivers required for Windows and Mac
    BNC word clock input BNC word clock input
    Single-ended analog preamp inputs (RCA) Single-ended analog preamp inputs (RCA)
    Balanced analog preamp inputs (1/4" TRS) Balanced analog preamp inputs (1/4" TRS)
Power:
Standard switching 18V AC/DC power-brick. Voltikus three-stage linear supply optional Standard switching 18V AC/DC power-brick. Voltikus three-stage linear supply optional Standard switching 18V AC/DC power-brick. Volticus three-stage linear supply optional
      Upgraded 0.05dB matched stepped relay attenuator
      Re-designed analog output stage
      Switchable (120/0 ohm) HP amp impedance
      Unibody machine aluminium remote control