Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

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Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Clarus.

November 2020 — Clarus® is excited to announce the release of CODA, a new USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier that includes an MQA renderer. The CODA features the latest in USB-DAC technology that provides ultra-low distortion, more detail, greater dynamics, and a bigger sound stage. Designed to be used with a smartphone, tablet or computer, the CODA has a 2-button volume control and a choice of three roll-off filters.

The heart of the Clarus CODA is a New Legendary ESS Professional Series SABRE® DAC audio converter with Hyperstream® II modulation that provides previously unheard-of improved sound stage and clarity. QUAD DACTM Technology delivers superb 124dB DNR and -112dB THD+N for the ultimate in sound quality with a stable sound field. The low-power USB controller supports USB 1.1 and 2.0 and can natively handle 32-bit 384 kHz PCM and DSD up to 5.6MHz. The CODA’s class G headphone amplifier provides class AB performance with ultra-low power consumption optimized for mobile use. The 2.0Vrms output voltage will provide plenty of power for the most demanding headphones and class G ensures it won’t drain your battery.

CODA’s LED Indicator lights up in different colors to indicate the audio sample rate. Blue for standard definition, Green for high definition and Magenta indicating MQA rendering.  MQA’s technology is used by global streaming service, TIDAL, and Xiami Music in China, to provide guaranteed delivery of the original sound recording. The two 64-step volume control buttons feature zero switching noise as well as provide a method of choosing one of three digital roll-off filters. The CODA’s software is upgradeable. As technology changes Clarus will provide improvements via firmware updates available its website.

Jay Victor designed the CODA with the new SABRE® DAC and these Audiophile features;

A High Precision Audio Grade Clock to reduce jitter

Audio Grade film capacitors 

1% tolerance metal film resistors and Tight Power Supply Regulation using Multi-Stage, Low Noise, High Ripple Rejection CMOS Based Regulators 

Jay commented… “With any DAC, the printed circuit board layout is critical for low noise and best performance. Because of the small enclosed space, we used a high grade, high temperature PCB material to eliminate any overheating problems. It’s that level of attention to detail that enables CODA to provide a very enjoyable listening experience.”

The Clarus CODA retails for $300 and ships on December 1st, 2020.