Recently I bought a pair of K240 Sextetts and while researching it's acclaim on HeadFi, I decided to sell some other gear to gather funds to get back into headphones and dedicated components. Till now, I was using a M-Audio FastTrack PRO to drive a pair of $15 JBL Reference 430 (anyone heard of these?).
Upto now, my mind was set on either Matrix Mini-i, HLLY SMK-III, Audio-Gd NFB-11/12 or something else around $300. However, after numerous days of searching and what-not, I ran into a small little unit called Kramer 6410N DAC going for $40.
So I started googling it and somehow it retails for $835 and still sells on Markertek for $635 (WTF?!). Either this was a hoax or I was seeing things. So I pulled the trigger and figure what's the worst that could happen? I get a $35 paper weight? I tried researching on the unit for hours but I got frustrated and came back empty handed.
Referencing to the manual, it lists that it:
- Has AES/EBU and AES-ID3 transformer coupled inputs.
-Supports multi-standards - AES/EBU, IEC 958, S/PDIF and EIAJ CP340/1201 professional and consumer formats with sampling frequencies up to 96kHz.
-Provides automatic equalization and reclocking of the digital audio stream.
-Supports up to 96kHz.
-Features selectable conversion ratio (D/A) settings: 0dBFS to +12dB, +16dB, +20dB or +24dB
Edited by JiggaD369 - 12/18/10 at 12:26pm
INPUTS: 4 digital audio inputs: AES 75; AES/EBU; S/PDIF; TosLink Optical
OUTPUTS: 2 analog outputs: balanced line out on detachable terminal blocks;
SAMPLE RATE CONVERSION: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz
CONVERSION GAIN: +12dB, +16dB, +20dB,+24dB
BANDWIDTH (+4dBu/-3dBu): 20Hz to 22kHz
MAX. OUTPUT LEVEL: 11.2Vpp @1kHz
S/N RATIO: 88dB
AUDIO THD + NOISE: -92dB
AUDIO 2nd HARMONIC: 0.003%
CONTROLS: Input selector buttons, 8 gain switches, headphones level rotary control knob, 2 LEDs: ON and LINK
POWER SOURCE: 12V DC/1.25A, 150mA
DIMENSIONS: 12cm x 6.95cm x 2.44cm (4.72" x 2.74" x 0.96", W, D, H)
I'm not a audiophile but the specs seem okay but nothing extraordinary. It is very small. But, I just can't seem to figure out why the unit retailed for over $800. Maybe the R/D costs went out of the roof?
Anyone have any info. on this unit or better yet the company?