The DAC2 is a high performance stereo Firewire based digital to analog and digital to digital converter for usage either standalone or in conjunction with a PC or MAC computer.
The DAC2 supports the following conversions:
- Firewire to analog
- AES/EBU to analog
- Firewire to AES/EBU
- AES/EBU to Firewire
Features of the DAC2:
Inputs: Digital Audio inputs on Firewire (two connectors), XLR, RCA and Toslink.
Outputs: Stereo analog output on XLR and RCA. Digital Audio output on Firewire, XLR and RCA.
Sampling Rates, Wordlength: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz at up to 24 Bits.
Software: Drivers for Windows™ and OSX™ operating systems.
Power Supply: A non-switching power supply is used. The mains voltage can be set to 100..120V or 200..240V.
“In general I usually don’t like to ask myself questions. As Adam Carolla would say this is a blow-hard move. But, I’ll make an exception for this review. Was the Weiss Minerva really the best DAC and was it everything I had built it up to be? Yes and yes. Over the last few weeks I have been hinting in the forums and in other articles that the Minerva is really something special. I’m sure some of the forum regulars wondered if I would ever finish this review! Truth be told, I hated to complete the review because this meant the Minerva had to be sent on its way. Talk about a sad day in Computer Audiophile history. Anyway, I’ve had quite a few DACs here in my listening room and I’ve listened to many others at High-End shops and shows. I have yet to hear a DAC, connected to a computer based audio system, as good as the Minerva. The DLIII and the DAC1 PRE don’t hold a candle to this thing. At a US retail price of $4950 the Minerva better be a superior product. Fortunately it is superior and the difference between the Minerva and its competition thus far is astounding.”