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Black Lion Audio Red Sparrow DAC - Digital to Analog Converter

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This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.

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You Pay: $1,298.95
Product Highlights
  • 2-Channel (Stereo)
  • AES, Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF Input
  • 125dB Dynamic Range
  • Balanced and RCA Outputs
  • High-Current Headphone Output
  • Headphone and Line Out Mute Buttons
  • Compact Design
  • Internal Power Supply

The Red Sparrow DAC from Black Lion Audio is a two-channel digital converter that's as equally suited for professional studio applications as it is integrated into a home entertainment system. The unit features user selectable AES, coaxial or optical S/PDIF input connectivity, with output connections including dual balanced XLRs for the studio, and consumer level RCA connectors for the home stereo.

Housed in a short-form, 1U rack mount chassis, the converter sports a healthy 125dB dynamic range, along with low distortion and wide frequency response. A high current, Walt Jung-inspired headphone output provides accurate headphone monitoring, with two mute buttons providing independent control of line or headphone signals. A front panel volume control governs the headphone output while the line output level is fixed.

Two-channel digital to analog converter
Designed around the 32-bit capable ESS9012 chip
Selectable inputs - AES/EBU, coaxial or optical SPDIF
Balanced XLR and consumer RCA outputs with mute
125 dB of dynamic range
High-current, Walt Jung-inspired headphone output with mute
Short form, 1U rackmount enclosure can be adapted for a 19" rack, or used standalone
Converter 32-bit capable ESS9012 chip
Bit Depth 16- and 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1 to 192 kHz
Inputs 1 x XLR AES/EBU
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
2 x TOSLink optical S/PDIF
Outputs 2 x XLR
2 x RCA phono
Output Impedance <10Ω
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS
Dynamic Range 125 dB
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz, +/-0.5 dBu @ 192kHz sample rate
THD + N 0.0005% (20 kHz bandwidth, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, @ -10 dBFS)
IMD <0.0015% SMPTE (1:1) 60 Hz + 2kHz to 20 kHz typical
Crosstalk <100 dB (@ 20 kHz all gain settings)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage: -13 to 122°F (-25 to 50°C)
Power Requirements 110V AC, 50Hz
14 W power consumption
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.25 x 8 x 1.75" (267 x 203 x 44 mm)
Weight 5 lb (2.3 kg)
Black Lion Audio Red Sparrow DAC - Digital to Analog Converter
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