Four DACs from $699 to $3600

Channel Islands Transient Mk II, Lindemann USB-DAC 192/24, NuForce DAC-100, Synergistic Music Cable DAC

Equipment report
Categories:
Digital-to-analog converters
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Products:
Channel Islands Audio Transient Mk II,
Lindemann USB-DAC 24/192,
Nuforce DAC-100,
Synergistic Research Music Cable DAC
Four DACs from $699 to $3600

IS A MUSIC CABLE IN YOUR FUTURE?

If you’ve read this far, obviously you’re interested in the Synergistic Research Music Cable. And despite its ergonomic limitations, with only one non-switchable input, no volume adjustments, single-ended-only analog outputs, and five separate fairly stiff cables to manipulate in an orderly manner, the Music Cable’s sonic performance sets it apart from any “convenience” DAC I’ve heard.

As I wrote earlier, I can easily see the Synergistic Research Music Cable DAC attached to a music server to form the front end of an ultra-modern high-performance music-reproduction system. Even coupled to the modestly priced Logitech Squeezebox Touch the Synergistic Research Music Cable produces a level of audio quality that emphatically checks all the audiophile boxes in double-black magic marker. If you want to keep it simple and high-end, the Synergistic Research Music Cable DAC may be all you really need.

SPECS & PRICING

CHANNEL ISLANDS AUDIO TRANSIENT II
Digital outputs: S/PDIF via 75-ohm BNC connector (galvanic isolated), i2s via mini-din connector (Audio Alchemy/Perpetual Tech/Camelot), differential i2s via HDMI connector (PS Audio/Wyred4Sound)
Sample rates supported: 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k up to 24 bits
Analog output Level: 2V RMS maximum (single-ended RCA)
Dimensions: 4.45" x 2.9" x 5.25"
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs.
Warranty: Five year parts & labor
Price: $699

CHANNEL ISLANDS AUDIO
567 W. Channel Islands Blvd.
PMB #300Port Hueneme, CA 93041
(805) 984-8282
ciaudio.com

LINDEMANN USB-DAC 24/192
Inputs: USB-B, TosLink, coaxial
Supported sampling rates: 32kHz to 192kHz (USB 2.0, TosLink, coaxial)
Output voltage: 1.4V at full scale
Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.77" x 5.23"
Weight: 395 gm
Warranty: Three years
Price: $1100

LINDEMANN
ONE WORLD AUDIO (U.S. DISTRIBUTOR)
(415) 244-8663
oneworldaudiousa.com

NUFORCE DAC-100
Inputs: USB, TosLink RCA (x2)
Sampling rates supported: Up to 192kHz
Outputs: RCA, 6.3mm headphone jack
Recommended headphone impedance: 120-600 ohms
Headphone output level: 10.4V p-p, 3.7V RMS at 300-600 ohms
Dimensions: 8.5" x 2" x 9"
Weight: 2.64 lbs.
Price: $1095

NUFORCE
382 South Abbot Ave.
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 890-6840
nuforce.com

SYNERGISTIC RESEARCH MUSIC CABLE
No specs provided

SYNERGISTIC RESEARCH
17401 Armstrong Ave., Suite 102
Irvine, CA 92614
(800) 578-6489
synergisticresearch.com