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Designed by Antelope for a variety of pro-audio conversion scenarios, the Zodiac Platinum is a digital-to-analog converter and master clock that features the ability to handle—and even upsample—DSD formats. Indeed, the Zodiac can upsample DSD64 and DSD128 files to DSD256; this process will aid in revealing all the accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamic variance nestled within the original file. Its USB controller chip can handle streaming rates of 480 Mbps, facilitating sample rates of up to 384 kHz in conjunction with Antelope's ASIO driver for OS X and Windows operating systems.
On the DAC side of things, the Zodiac provides AES/EBU connections, as well as S/PDIF and TOSLINK PCM support. It also features the same 64-bit, Acoustically Focused Clocking technology offered in many other Antelope products for jitter management of all digital inputs, as well as an oven-controlled wordclock.
On the front on the unit, a stepped volume attenuator allows for precise stereo balance, while source-selection and stereo-to-mono buttons provide additional and useful features whilst monitoring. Two headphone outputs provide dual-stage driver architecture, as well as switchable output impedances. While the dedicated power supply for the unit is available separately, the Zodiac includes a unibody IR remote control and a software control panel compatible with Mac and Windows computers.
Up to 384 kHz sampling rate
10M / WC Input for Antelope’s Rubidium Atomic Reference Clock or any Antelope Audio master clock
DSD support including unique 256X Mode
Switchable 64-bit 8X linear phase upsampler
Quad DAC architecture for dynamic range
Quiet stepped relay volume attenuator for precise stereo balance (matched to 0.05 dB)
Antelope oven-controlled clock with ultra-low jitter
Built in 64-bit acoustically focused clocking provides jitter management for all digital inputs
De-Jittered, re-clocked digital outputs: 1 x AES/EBU and 2 x S/PDIF
Anti-thumping speaker and ear protection on power up and source change
Multiple stereo inputs, including balanced analog (1/4”), unbalanced analog (RCA), computer data (USB), optical digital (TOSLINK), and coaxial (SPDIF (RCA) and AES/EBU)
Stereo analog outputs – balanced (XLR), unbalanced (RCA)
Dual-stage headphone driver architecture for superior matching with professional headphone coils
Large shared volume control, switchable between analog outputs and headphone outputs
Mute for both headphones and main output, including -12dB attenuation for headphones
Adjustable (120 or 0 Ohms) headphone output impedance
Input select button easily toggles between inputs
Unibody IR remote control with extended angle of reception
Windows/Mac software control panel
Automatic internet-based firmware upgradeability
Dedicated Voltikus power supply available separately
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
352.8 kHz and 384 kHz through USB only
1 x BNC, 10 MHz Wordclock: 10 MHz sine wave, 44.1 to 384 kHz
1 x AES/EBU XLR: 44.1 to 192 kHz
2 x S/PDIF RCA: 44.1 to 192 kHz
2 x RCA analog: -10 dBv unbalanced (2 V RMS max)
2 x 1/4" TRS analog: +4 dBu balanced (26 dBu max)
2 x optical TOSLINK
2 x analog XLR balanced, +14 to +26 dBu at 0 dBFS, preset to +20 dBu, 56 Ohms to GND*
*This is the peak value with headroom included and should not be mistaken with the averaged value of +4 dBu stated on the back panel*
1 x AES/EBU de-jittered, re-clocked digital output, 110 Ohms
2 x S/PDIF de-jittered, re-clocked digital output, 75 Ohms
2 x analog RCA: trimmable unbalanced between 0 dBv and +12 dBv with a +6 dBv default. 2 Vrms max, 56 Ohms
2 x headphones: 20 dBu @ 0 dBFS. 120 or 0 Ohms switchable