The Balanced version is a top of the line DAC III and a smaller brother to the DHT powered signal output transfromer de-coupled DAC V.
Similarly to the Special version it comes equipped with a EL84 power tube output stage. The step up in transparency over the Special version is provided by a signal output transformer de-coupled EL84 power pentode (triode connected) tube output stage driven by the mighty 6N1P 0r 5687 double triode.
Signal Output Transformer de-coupling of the Valve Output Stage is the closest approximation to a truely “invisibly” sounding DAC.
The major benefits of having a signal output transformer (L- inductive loading & de-coupling) over a resistor-capacitor (RC) signal de-coupling is as following:
Super HiB signal ouput transformer with silver windings de-coupled limited production Signature version of the DAC III Balanced is available on request.
SW1X Audio Design™ DAC III Balanced Features:
a) Pure silver winding of the SHiB DC core signal output transformers instead of all copper windings, which are standard.
Fully silver wound (primary and secondary) or partially copper (primary)/silver wound (secondary)
b) All power transformers are SHiB DC core.
c) Valve output stage Hard Wiring on a Bakelite Board.
d) Fine silver wiring in selected places, usually on the Bakelite Board between passive and active components and output wiring.
Note: Due to SW1X Audio Design’s ongoing research and development process, specifications are subject to change without notice.
DAC III is availble with C- and EI- cored Super HiB signal and power transformers (or chokes) as an optional extra
Dimensions: Height (mm) 150 x Width (mm) 450 x Depth (mm) 410
Weight (kg): 18
Max Power Consumption (W): 23
Output Noise, Unweighted (mVrms): < 0.5
Output Impedance (Ohms): <100
Tube Compliment: 2 x EL84, 1 x 6N1P, 1 x 5U5GYB/5R4GYB, 1 x E180F, 1 x EAA91
We do not recommend purchasing a key system component without first auditioning it carefully, which is why we have demonstration rooms and a flexible home loan policy.
However in certain situations it can be difficult for people to get to our showroom and for those instances we can offer our mail order service.