SPL Director D/A Converter & Preamplifier (Black)

BH #SPLDIRECTBL • MFR #SPLDIRECT-BL
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SPL Director D/A Converter & Preamplifier (Black)
Key Features
  • Preamp with VOLTAiR 120V Rail Technology
  • PCM Sample Rate Up to 384 kHz
  • DSD Sample Rate Up to DSD2
  • Frequency Range: 4 Hz to 300 kHz
The black Director D/A Converter & Preamplifier by SPL is designed to be the hub of a stereo system to which all components are connected. It combines a digital-to-analog converter with a preamplifier, allowing you to connect digital and analog sound sources, as well as amplifiers and powered speakers. Optimized for high-fidelity music playback, the Director is part of the Professional Fidelity series that takes its roots from SPL's professional mastering-studio technology.
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SPL SPLDIRECT-BL Overview

The black Director D/A Converter & Preamplifier by SPL is designed to be the hub of a stereo system to which all components are connected. It combines a digital-to-analog converter with a preamplifier, allowing you to connect digital and analog sound sources, as well as amplifiers and powered speakers. Optimized for high-fidelity music playback, the Director is part of the Professional Fidelity series that takes its roots from SPL's professional mastering-studio technology.

Built around 120V rail technology (VOLTAiR), the preamplifier delivers an impressive 137.6 dB of dynamic range, an extended frequency range of 4 Hz to 300 kHz, and a total harmonic distortion of 0.0008%. In addition, the D/A converter plays back PCM and DSD audio formats. PCM sampling is supported up to 384 kHz and DSD sampling is supported up to DSD2.

Connect up to six stereo sources: two in the analog domain with RCA connectors, and four in the digital domain with USB, AES, coaxial and optical connectors. This unit is Apple class-compliant. When connected to a PC running Windows, a driver must be installed to playback audio files with a resolution higher than 44.1 kHz. To avoid shrinking bit resolution at lower listening levels, volume is controlled in the analog domain using a motorized ALPS RK27 Big Blue potentiometer with channel matching. Volume as well as input selection can be remotely controlled using any existing infra-red (IR) remote control.

Other features include a dot-matrix display that shows source selection & sample rate of the selected digital input, and a set of six DIP switches to customize signal routing, muting, gain structure and output calibration.

  • D/A converter and preamplifier with 120V rail technology (VOLTAiR )
  • Four digital inputs: USB, AES/EBU, coaxial, optical
  • PCM up to 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD2 
  • Two analog inputs and two analog outputs 
  • Avago dot-matrix display shows selected input and sample rate frequency for digital inputs
  • Analog volume control with motorized ALPS Big Blue potentiometer
  • Remote-controllable volume and source selection (Director learns commands from any IR remote-control)
  • Six DIP switches to customize signal routing, muting, gain structure and output calibration
  • AMP CTL connection to SPL's Performer power amplifier for coupled on/off switching 
  • Windows driver, Apple class-compliant
  • Stand-by/power-on switch
  • Linear power supply with toroidal transformer
  • Front and lid made from aluminum, housing made from sheet metal
  • Made in Germany

SPL SPLDIRECT-BL Specs

Converter TypeD/A Converter
Number of Channels2
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O2 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Output
1 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Output
Digital Audio I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin AES3 Input
1 x RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Input
1 x TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF Input
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-B
Network I/ONone
Sync I/ONone
MIDI I/ONone
Performance
Frequency ResponseAnalog:
4 Hz to 300 kHz +0/-3 dB
Max Input Level+32.5 dB
Dynamic RangeAnalog:
137.6 dB
Digital:
120.8 dB
Impedance10 Kilohms
THDAnalog:
0 (at 0 dBu)
Digital:
0 (at -1 dBFS)
SNRAnalog:
-105.1 dBA
Digital:
-96.8 dBA
CrosstalkAnalog:
-95 dB
Digital:
-100 dB
Digital Audio
Sample RatesXLR AES3 Inputs:
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (PCM)
RCA Coaxial S/PDIF Inputs:
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (PCM)
TOSLINK Inputs:
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz (PCM)
USB Inputs:
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 kHz (PCM)
2.8 / 5.6 MHz (DSD)
Power
Rail VoltageAnalog:
±50 V
Digital:
+5 V
+3.3 V
AC Input PowerUser Selectable:
115 VAC, 60 Hz (T 1 A 250 V)
230 VAC, 50 Hz (T 500 mA 250 V)
Power Consumption0.7 W (Standby)
Physical
Dimensions12.91 x 10.94 x 2.24" / 328 x 278 x 57 mm
Weight7.3 lb / 3.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.2 x 14.7 x 5.1"
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