We designed The Element to enjoy our headphones without compromise. Its amplifier renders shocking power, driven by an ultra clean DAC, all housed in a precision machined chassis with a comfortable knob. The Element beautifully drives headphones of all technologies and sizes.
The Element is built for enjoyment. Dual LME49600s on 30V rails effortlessly drive the most demanding headphones. Dual gain and power buttons are relay controlled for comfortable interaction, and microprocessor logic completely eliminates turn on/off transients.
Relay controlled power logic eliminates turn on pops and thumps produced by lesser amps.
Ultra high power:
With peak output in excess of 1.5W, The Element drives all headphones on the market to extraordinary levels, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics.
Reference grade sound:
The Element exceeds TPD criteria, outmatching our baseline for audible perfection.
Low output impedance:
The Element's extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response for all headphone loads.
Audibly insignificant jitter (-113 dB) for reference quality D/A conversion.
Wide DAC dynamic range and low noise minimize hiss, and allow harmless use of software volume controls.
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.15dB
THD+N 100 Hz -0.15 dBFS 0.0023%
THD+N 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS 0.0016%
THD+N 10 kHz -0.15 dBFS 0.0019%
IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.0011%
IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.0012%
Noise A-Weighted dBu 24/96 -102 dBu
Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) >112 dB
Linearity Error -90 dBFS 24/96 -0.02 dB
Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -100 dB
USB Jitter Components 11025Hz -113 dB
Maximum Output Line Out 100K 2.10 VRMS
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD+N 1kHz, 150 Ω 0.0009%
IMD CCIF 19/20kHz 150 Ω 0.0004%
IMD SMPTE 150 Ω 0.0005%
Noise, A-Weighted -108 dBu
Crosstalk @ 150 Ω -67 dB
Output Impedance 0.1 Ω
Channel Balance +/- 0.56 dB
Max Continuous Output, 600Ω 140 mW
Max Continuous Output, 150Ω 505 mW
Max Continuous Output, 32Ω 1.1 W
Peak Output Power, 32Ω 1.5W
Interface USB, Audio Class 1
Native OS Support Windows XP/7/8, OS X, Linux
Audio Formats 16/44, 16/48, 16/88.2, 16/96,
24/44, 24/48, 24/96
Headphone Output 6.35mm (1/4")
Analog Input RCA
Digital Input USB
Case Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
Weight 18 oz
Dual Gain 1.0x and 4.7x
Thin Film Resistors 0.1% Tolerance
Volume Potentiometer Taper Alps 15A
The Element, Amplifier+DAC
16VAC Power Adapter
6ft (1.8m) USB Cable
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