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exaSound e20


Pros: DSD256 support, rock-solid ASIO driver, phenomenal SQ

Cons: small rubber feet, slightly off-center backlighting

I reviewed this DAC as part of a combined exaSound e22/e20 review. Instead of just duplicating that review here, I will provide a link to it:




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exaSound e20

Exciting, Dynamic and Transparent Sound Reproduction The exaSound e20 mkIII DAC brings music reproduced with recording studio accuracy to computer audiophiles. e20 can play any high-resolution stereo recording the way it was recorded - nothing added, nothing taken away. e20 supports PCM sampling rates from 44.1 to 384Khz at 32bit resolution, and DSD at 2.82 and 5.64 MHz. Designed and Built for Computer Audiophiles * DSD 2.82MHz and DSD 5.64MHz without conversion to PCM * 384kHz/ 32bit maximum PCM sampling rate. * DXD 352.8kHz master files are reproduced with remarkable bit-perfect low-jitter accuracy. * ES9018 Sabre32 jitter-cancelling reference DAC chip from ESS Technologies. * Asynchronous USB Interface eliminates jitter caused by unstable computer timing. * OS X and Windows ASIO custom high-performance drivers. * Automatic sampling rate switching. * 384 kHz software upsampling. * 0.13 ps master clock. Jitter minimization is achieved by using 3 three precision oscillators. * 17 power filtering stages minimize noise, jitter and channel crosstalk. * Galvanic isolation between the USB subsystem and the DAC circuits eliminates noise caused by ground loops and blocks computer-originated interferences. * High-fidelity second generation headphone amplifier capable of driving the most demanding headphones. * Simultaneously driven, gold plated balanced (XLR), and unbalanced (RCA) line outputs. * Two S/PDIF inputs provide jitter reduction and superb D/A conversion when used with CD transports. * The e20 DAC can be programmed to work with most IR remote controls.

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