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KingRex USB DACs
The entry level UD-01 is still the best 16-bit DAC we've heard at £150: musical, detailed and easily upgraded. The all new Pro versions have been released by KingRex to satisfy the demand for improved power supplies, featuring high quality regulated toroidals on-board. Both the standand and Pro DACs now come in Special Editions exclusive to Item Audio. Previously purchased KingRex DACs can now be retro-fitted with Special Edition upgrades (see Upgrades for details). Bundle offers are also available on the Bargains page.
It's a hi-fi component, so it needs a good power supply. To see exactly what's wrong with the free 'power brick', please see here >. Luckily, all the UD-01 DACs feature a standard 2.1mm DC input that can be powered by a wide range of 12V supplies: a plug-and-play upgrade path. All units ship with a new, upgraded 'wall-wart' switch-mode power supply to get you up and running. However, even the stock UD-01 benefits greatly from an improved (preferably linear regulated) power supply, and it's compulsory to get the best from the upgraded versions. Click the pictures for further details . . . .
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. For around £200, does the UD-01 SE plus the Item Audio PSU sound better than the UD-01 Pro with integrated power supply? Or should I just get a DAC Magic?
Q. Why are these power supplies so expensive?
Q. I bought a UD-01 from you/someone else previously; can it be upgraded to SE or SE II spec?
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