Cary Audio Xciter DAC

  1. drubrew Contributor
    They are now Shipping, break out your wallets[​IMG] Retail $1500. Contact Me for Out the Door Pricing.

    Today people listen to music from a variety of sources that didn’t exist just a few years ago. The Xciter DAC was designed with this in mind using cutting edge technology and high quality components. Whether you listen to music from a CD player, computer, or audio/video server, the Xciter DAC has you covered. It matches perfectly with the Xciter Amplifier to provide a truly modern listening experience in a compact package you can use anywhere.

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    Cary Audio Xciter D/A USB Converter

    The Cary Audio Xciter DAC is the perfect match for the Xciter integrated amplifier! Compact desktop 192 kHz/32 Bit DAC featuring the new AKM4399 32-Bit DAC along with the new National Semiconductor metal can LME49713 and LME49710 output devices. These National Semi devices were specifically designed for Cary Audio Design. The Xciter DAC features a computer USB input along with optical input and two coaxial inputs. The inputs are selectable from the front panel. Front panel LED's will indicate the incoming sample rate up to 192 kHz.

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    Input Receiver AK4115 & CM108
    Digital to Analog Converters AK4399
    Digital Inputs 4 selectable inputs - Coaxial single-ended, Coaxial BNC, Toslink, USB
    (Gold Plated)
    Analog Output RCA analog output
    Input Sample Rates Accepted 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 96KHz, 192KHz
    Bit Depths Accepted 16 – 24 bit, LPCM 2ch audio stream
    Capacitors Panasonic electrolytic capacitors, Tantalum capacitors & WIMA polyester film
    and foil capacitors
    Power Transformer Dual C core power transformer
    Dynamic Range 117dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio 109dB
    Noise and Hum -101 dB below rated output
    Audio Output Level 2.0V RMS 200 Ohm output impedance
    Frequency Response 20Hz – 22KHz (44.1KHz)
    Wiring Printed Circuit Board and custom point to point cabling
    (all low level signal cables are shielded coaxial)
    AC Cord 3 Conductor Shielded, Detachable
    AC Power Requirements 117 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
    234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
    Power Consumption 23 Watts

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    Learn How the Exciter DAC works
    The new Cary Audio Design Xciter D/A is more than simply a new product. The Xciter DAC contains cutting edge offerings from AKM Digital Devices along with new analog output devices from National Semiconductor. The National Semi metal can output devices were custom engineered specifically for Cary Audio Design. The heart of the Xciter D/A is the AKM model AK4399 32-Bit chip running at a 192kHz sampling rate. The soul of the Xciter D/A are the National Semi metal case TO-99 current feedback model LME49713 direct coupled to the model LME49710 TO-99 final output devices. Over one year in development, the Xciter D/A offers a new level of home/office audio performance in a sleek, compact package. For the computer audio/video enthusiast there is nothing like driving the Xciter D/A from the USB output of your desktop, laptop or audio/video media server.

    There are four selectable digital inputs on the rear panel consisting of a coaxial RCA, coaxial BNC, Toslink and a digital USB computer input. All four of these inputs are front panel selectable with corresponding blue LED’s indicating the selected source. The basic signal path of both the coaxial and Toslink inputs are software controlled and drive the AKM model AK4115 digital receiver device. The digital receiver in turn is direct coupled to the AKM model AK4399. These digital signals are then re-clocked within the Xciter D/A, sent to the National Semi metal can TO-99 current feedback output devices then out to the rear panel, single-ended RCA analog output jacks.

    The USB 2.0 input receives a 24-48 kHz data stream which bypasses the receiver chip and is sent directly to the CM-108 device. This stream is then stripped as the bus separates the clock and data signals, resulting in a connection with an extremely low noise floor where jitter is almost nonexistent. This re-clocked stream is directed by the on board software of the Xciter DAC to the main AK4399 32 bit, 192 kHz processor chip, then out to the rear panel, single-ended RCA analog output jacks.

    The above describes the basic operation and functionalities of the new Cary Audio Design Xciter Series Digital to Analog Converter. The advanced technologies incorporated within the new Xciter Series digital to analog converter such as digital signal re-clocking and sample rate up-conversion lead to the absolute highest sonic merits of D/A conversation currently available today.

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  2. AlanY
    I'm Xcited!
     
  3. krmathis Contributor
    Looking great, I must say!
    Especially paired up with the matching tube amplifier.

    Any hints about price level?
     
  4. S J
    If its the same model as the one on their website, its $1500

    Looks really nice. I must admit I'm a big fan of matching components too [​IMG]
     
  5. drubrew Contributor
    Yes MSRP is $1500. Special Headfi Preorder price this month[​IMG] Units are in production and should be shipping soon. I'm Xcited too!!!!
     
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  6. drubrew Contributor
    Units are now in stock. Ready for delivery.
     
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  7. giovanni
    good to know.

    Need to know - price ??????
     
  8. deacongreg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by drubrew /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    They are now Shipping, break out your wallets[​IMG] Retail $1500. Contact Me for Out the Door Pricing.

    Today people listen to music from a variety of sources that didn’t exist just a few years ago. The Xciter DAC was designed with this in mind using cutting edge technology and high quality components. Whether you listen to music from a CD player, computer, or audio/video server, the Xciter DAC has you covered. It matches perfectly with the Xciter Amplifier to provide a truly modern listening experience in a compact package you can use anywhere.

    [​IMG]

    Cary Audio Xciter D/A USB Converter

    The Cary Audio Xciter DAC is the perfect match for the Xciter integrated amplifier! Compact desktop 192 kHz/32 Bit DAC featuring the new AKM4399 32-Bit DAC along with the new National Semiconductor metal can LME49713 and LME49710 output devices. These National Semi devices were specifically designed for Cary Audio Design. The Xciter DAC features a computer USB input along with optical input and two coaxial inputs. The inputs are selectable from the front panel. Front panel LED's will indicate the incoming sample rate up to 192 kHz.

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    Input Receiver AK4115 & CM108
    Digital to Analog Converters AK4399
    Digital Inputs 4 selectable inputs - Coaxial single-ended, Coaxial BNC, Toslink, USB
    (Gold Plated)
    Analog Output RCA analog output
    Input Sample Rates Accepted 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 96KHz, 192KHz
    Bit Depths Accepted 16 – 24 bit, LPCM 2ch audio stream
    Capacitors Panasonic electrolytic capacitors, Tantalum capacitors & WIMA polyester film
    and foil capacitors
    Power Transformer Dual C core power transformer
    Dynamic Range 117dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio 109dB
    Noise and Hum -101 dB below rated output
    Audio Output Level 2.0V RMS 200 Ohm output impedance
    Frequency Response 20Hz – 22KHz (44.1KHz)
    Wiring Printed Circuit Board and custom point to point cabling
    (all low level signal cables are shielded coaxial)
    AC Cord 3 Conductor Shielded, Detachable
    AC Power Requirements 117 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
    234 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
    Power Consumption 23 Watts

    [​IMG]

    Learn How the Exciter DAC works
    The new Cary Audio Design Xciter D/A is more than simply a new product. The Xciter DAC contains cutting edge offerings from AKM Digital Devices along with new analog output devices from National Semiconductor. The National Semi metal can output devices were custom engineered specifically for Cary Audio Design. The heart of the Xciter D/A is the AKM model AK4399 32-Bit chip running at a 192kHz sampling rate. The soul of the Xciter D/A are the National Semi metal case TO-99 current feedback model LME49713 direct coupled to the model LME49710 TO-99 final output devices. Over one year in development, the Xciter D/A offers a new level of home/office audio performance in a sleek, compact package. For the computer audio/video enthusiast there is nothing like driving the Xciter D/A from the USB output of your desktop, laptop or audio/video media server.

    There are four selectable digital inputs on the rear panel consisting of a coaxial RCA, coaxial BNC, Toslink and a digital USB computer input. All four of these inputs are front panel selectable with corresponding blue LED’s indicating the selected source. The basic signal path of both the coaxial and Toslink inputs are software controlled and drive the AKM model AK4115 digital receiver device. The digital receiver in turn is direct coupled to the AKM model AK4399. These digital signals are then re-clocked within the Xciter D/A, sent to the National Semi metal can TO-99 current feedback output devices then out to the rear panel, single-ended RCA analog output jacks.

    The USB 2.0 input receives a 24-48 kHz data stream which bypasses the receiver chip and is sent directly to the CM-108 device. This stream is then stripped as the bus separates the clock and data signals, resulting in a connection with an extremely low noise floor where jitter is almost nonexistent. This re-clocked stream is directed by the on board software of the Xciter DAC to the main AK4399 32 bit, 192 kHz processor chip, then out to the rear panel, single-ended RCA analog output jacks.

    The above describes the basic operation and functionalities of the new Cary Audio Design Xciter Series Digital to Analog Converter. The advanced technologies incorporated within the new Xciter Series digital to analog converter such as digital signal re-clocking and sample rate up-conversion lead to the absolute highest sonic merits of D/A conversation currently available today.

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    Its just so beautiful to look at. You want this pair, just to display on your shelf. Turn out the lights, the party is over.................
     
  9. drubrew Contributor
    Maybe even 2 pair[​IMG] One Black One Silver.....
     
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  10. drubrew Contributor
    As part of the CanJam special deals, Cary has offered a 25% discount off all Cary products to last until Friday June 12th. So if you wanted a Cary piece of gear now is the time to order[​IMG]
     
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  11. drubrew Contributor
    I have 1 Silver unit left at Canjam Price.
     
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  12. sxr71
    Is it that hard to make something with a remote control in 2009?
     
  13. PianoForte
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sxr71 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Is it that hard to make something with a remote control in 2009?



    They probably figure that many users will want to choose their own remote - one they know that will be compatible with their magic audio rocks wrapped around their power cords. :wink:
    Small poke to the "will believe anything" audiophiles.
     
  14. drubrew Contributor
    To make a remote control for a Dac that would only have one function such as changing the input would be pretty costly. The Xciter Amp has one if that helps[​IMG]

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sxr71 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Is it that hard to make something with a remote control in 2009?



     
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  15. Aradea
    I dont know anyone here still has the Xciter DAC.
    I just purchased a used one with good condition but I need some info.
    I've tried to play 24/96 files using Foobar but Xciter DAC sample rate lights only showed a 16/44 rate. I am currently using the DAC using USB.
    Not sure for a higher sample rate detection requires connection via COAX or SPDIF.
    Anyone can help?
     

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