Korg DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC

Korg DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC

Korg DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC

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Product Highlights

  • Compact For Mobile Use
  • Up to 5.6448MHz DSD Native Playback
  • AudioGate 3 DSD Conversion Software
  • Converts WAVs & MP3s to DSD
  • Cirrus Logic CS4398 Converter Chip
  • 1/8" Headphone Output
  • Front-Panel Push Button Volume Control
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Korg DSDAC100M overview

  • 1Description

The DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC from Korg is a compact and portable digital to analog converter system composed of a hardware-based native DSD DAC and a software interface for converting your files to DSD format. It supports native DSD playback of both 2.8224 and 5.6448MHz DSD files, and has a front-panel 1/8" headphone jack.

The downloadable AudioGate 3 software converts your MP3 files, WAV files, and CDs to DSD format, allowing them to be played back in higher-resolution via the DS-DAC-100m DAC itself. Because the DSD conversion takes place within your computer, the DS-DAC-100m receives DSD files via its USB connection for conversion to analog.

AudioGate 3 and DS-DAC-100m
Connect the DS-DAC-100m to your computer via USB cable, and you have a DSD audio playback system. The system consists of AudioGate 3 software that plays back audio material from your computer together with the DS-DAC-100m which converts the data from AudioGate 3 into an analog signal for playback through your headphones. When it comes to playback of computer audio, the software and hardware are equally important; if either is lacking, you can't expect optimal audio quality
Real Time DSD Conversion
Audio files such as MP3s and WAVs from your computer (even a CD!) can be converted to 5.6448 MHz/DSD data in real time and played back by the dedicated AudioGate 3 software. Since conversion to DSD data can be impractical for stand-alone hardware due to the enormous amount of processing power that is required, the power of your computer is used to perform this task, extracting the maximum information from the musical source before sending it to the DAC. The DS-DAC-100m takes the audio optimally designed for DSD, then converts the data to an analog signal for audio playback
DSD Native Playback of 2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz DSD Files
The unit supports playback not only of 2.8224MHz DSD data but also the still higher-resolution of 5.6448MHz
Hardware Design
The data is conveyed via "asynchronous transmission," which does not synchronize with the USB clock of the computer, thus allowing high-quality playback with minimal jitter.
The power supply section is driven from USB bus power, thus avoiding any noise component that might enter via the power cable.
The DA converter uses the CS4398 made by Cirrus Logic. It provides performance equivalent to that of the MR-1000
Dedicated Windows and Mac Drivers for AudioGate 3 and DS-DAC-100m
The data on the computer must be conveyed to the DS-DAC-100m unit with as little loss as possible. Korg has developed native drivers to implement native playback of DSD data, where the data is conveyed via the USB cable while still in DSD format and then DA-converted within the converter unit itself. To ensure trouble-free compatibility between the playback software and the DAC, Korg has created drivers for both Windows and Mac
In the Box
Korg DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Korg DSDAC100M specs

    D/A Converter
    Converter Chip Cirrus Logic CS4398
    Audio Interface
    Channels 2
    Input Formats USB:
    DSD: 2.8224/5.6448 MHz, 1-bit
    PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz, 16/24-bit
    Interface USB 2.0
    Driver Audio Driver: ASIO (DSD playback is supported by the DSD option of ASIO 2.1 and later), WDM, Core Audio
    Standards
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 20 kHz, ±1dB (fs= 44.1/48 kHz)
    10 Hz to 40 kHz ±1 dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio 105 dB, typical, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, IHF-A
    THD + N 0.005%, typical, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Line Outputs
    Connector 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini phone jack
    Load Impedance > 10 kΩ
    Nominal Level -6 dBV
    Maximum Level +6 dBV (0 dBFS 0 dB-SACD)
    Headphones
    Connector 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo phone jack
    Load Impedance More than 16 Ω
    Maximum Level 85 mW + 85 mW @32 Ω
    USB
    Connector Type B
    Format USB 2.0 compliant high-speed
    General
    Indicators 1x LED power indicators
    8x LED sampling frequency indicators/headphone volume indicator
    Power USB bus power
    5 V maximum, 500 mA
    Power Consumption 2.5 W, maximum
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.6 x 5.1 x 0.8" (92 x 129 x 20 mm), including protrusions
    Weight 0.4 lb (175 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.378 x 5.906 x 1.654"

    Korg DSDAC100M reviews

    DS-DAC-100m Mobile 1-Bit USB DSD DAC is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best dac I have heard and a real bargain Can't understand why users and some reviewers give this fantastic little dac such low scores. Just because the software is not so good? For me it is all about the sound and here this little unassuming USB DAC excels like no other I have heard. Upmix everything to DSD 1x or 2x and use the ASIO driver via JRiver and you have perfect (and I mean PERFECT) sound. Just add decent components downstream to appreciate what this baby has to offer. I cannot recommend this product any higher - very well done Korg, and thank you. BTW, the little sibling namely the DS-DAC-100m is just as capable sound wise. I have both and use the 100 in my main system and the 100m in my office. The HP output is pretty good also for most cans.
    Date published: 2016-06-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Supports Mac OS X now The Mac drivers and AudioGate software was released just last month. Free download on Korg's website. We ordered this for one of our faculty (Mac user) and he loves it. The sound quality with DSD files is unbelievable! I only wish they had offered Mac support sooner.
    Date published: 2015-07-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still doesn't work on Mac computers The only reason I bought it in the first place was because Korg locked down their once free AudioGate software so you had to buy this product to get the software licensed. After several months of owning one, it still is not supported on a Mac running Yosemite. Korg have had this device on the market for well over a year, yet no support for Mac? Their response? We'll eventually update the software once we get around to it. So right now I'm sitting on a $$ dead paperweight.
    Date published: 2015-03-11
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