Designed to deliver bit perfect, transparent sound, the Zodiac 192 kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter from Antelope Audio is suitable for the most demanding professional studios and mastering rooms, high-end audiophile applications, including: HDTV, DVD, digital cable, music server, portable music player, digital audio workstations, and desktop audio editing applications. Zodiac is also suitable for the home user who simply loves to listen to music.
Separate A and D power supplies virtually eliminate digital cross-talk and this is further enhanced by keeping those circuits on separate boards. These boards utilize large internal ground plains, cancelling noise, and voltage shifts. The Custom designed USB controller chip streams data at 480 Mbits, allowing audio up to 192 kHz with native drivers for Mac, PC, and Linux. Dual-stage headphone driver architecture delivers smooth sound at both high and low levels. The digital audio converter employs Antelope's proprietary 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology and oven controlled oscillator which establish pro audio industry standards, bringing benefits to the detail, dynamics, and stereo placement of the audio.
The sampling rate of up to 192 kHz and 129 dB dynamic range position the Zodiac D/A converter among devices in a considerably higher price range. The DAC features 2 x S/PDIF, 2 x optical inputs, balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, and a high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity through a custom USB chip, working with native drivers.