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Marantz introduces the HD-DAC1, a Premium Headphone Amplifier with DAC-mode

Marantz have announced the company’s first Headphone Amplifier featuring integrated DAC, the HD-DAC1.

This ultra-high quality dedicated Headphone Amplifier, creates simply amazing sound because it uses amplification technologies from Marantz  high-end Premium 11 Series. Headphones have always added extra intensity to music. Now, with the Marantz HD-DAC1, that intensity reaches new climactic heights. Not surprisingly, this completely new product category comes with a new design, but as always with the unmistakable Marantz family resemblance – it looks new, refreshing, and different, but it is always Marantz.
With no interference from surroundings, headphone listening is increasingly becoming the preferred way for serious audiophiles to enjoy music. With headphones, music is more personal. More intense. More consuming. You become part of the music – absorbed by it. What’s more, you can listen to it as loud as you like. However, the outputs on some devices – especially on computers and portable players – are simply not capable of driving quality headphones to their optimum, since they have only a low-grade Digital-Analogue-Converter (DAC) built-in. That is why Marantz decided to create a new product concept: a separate amplifier stage for headphones. And because everyone in Marantz is passionate about music, they used the same technology that they developed for their top-range Premium 11 Series. The result? An incredibly emotional, high-energy headphone experience that delivers crashing crescendo with complete aplomb and subtle detail with pinpoint precision. Personalized listening just got a whole lot more personal.

The HD-DAC1 is so powerful, it can even drive audiophile high-impedance headphones of up to 600 ohm – with complete MODE ease. All thanks to its three-level gain control, Marantz HDAM-SA2 modules, a high current audiophile DAC (CS4398), and its Premium Quality fixed and variable RCA outputs. It is so powerful, it not only drives headphones, you can also directly connect it to your Hi-Fi integrated amplifier or to a pair of active speakers or power amps. It is also highly connectable. Optical and coaxial digital inputs as well as a USBB port enable you to stream music directly from your PC or MAC. iDevices can also be connected via the USB port on the front. For even more connectivity Marantz have also included an analogue input. The USB-B works in asynchronous mode to support not only 192 kHz/24bits high-resolution audio but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz for maximized performance and the most direct way to enjoy excellent quality. To safeguard quality when connected to a computer, Marantz built extended isolation around the USB-B input to eliminate the chance of high frequency noise generated by the computer entering the HD-DAC1. They have included a jitter remover and Dual Clock for extreme accuracy. Without doubt, the HD-DAC1 is a feast for the ears. It also looks good. Info on volume, input, resolution, etc. is shown on the stylish Marantz Porthole Display. While the solid aluminum front is supported by a double layer bottom plate and side panels with retro-style wooden look. Pure craftsmanship. The Marantz HD-DAC1 will be available in black and silvergold from October 2014 onwards.


HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier with DAC-mode – Main Features
• High quality Headphone amplifier with DAC Mode
• 2x optical, coaxial and USB type B digital inputs capable of 192kHz/24bit
• Native DSD2.8 and 5.6 support
• Asynchronous mode
• High quality D/A converter CS4398
• Jitter remover
• Dual Clock
• Noise isolation for all digital inputs (USB-A, Optical, Coaxial, USB-A)
• Gain control to support wide range of headphones
• Fix and variable RCA output
• iDevice capable front USB input
• Gold plated fix level and variable level RCA output terminals
• Available in black & silvergold

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