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This is the Zodiac +, it comes in Black with silver knobs and buttons.
I have had the chance to switch back and forth between the Berkley Alpha Dac and the Zodiac Plus.
When the volume levels are matched I can not tell any difference between them.
When I did this comparison listening I did not use the Voltikus this was a stock Zodiac + that is a year old against a Berkley Alpha DAC of similar age. There may have been the occasional moment where I thought something was a hair different but mostly there was no difference.
If we add the Voltikus the Zodiac will have an edge up over the Berkley.
Now $2495 isn't cheap but it's half the price of the Berkley, to be fair to the Berkley it comes with a remote control and can decode HDCD the Zodiac plus on the other hand has a killer headphone amp built in with it's own volume control and has a volume control for the analog out but no remote. Unlike the Berkley the Zodiac has clock inputs and outputs and de jittered digital outputs if you wanted to daisy chain your digital signal.
If you want a world class DAC either of these will make you smile but the Zodiac will get you there for half price.
If you don't need a AES/EBU input or the Clock input and output then you can consider the Zodiac Silver at $1695, it is the same dac as the Plus minus many of the pro audio features.
Whether you are a sound engineer orchestrating delicate mix or mastering sessions, an audiophile searching for superior sound, or simply monitoring a DAW at 192kHz, Zodiac+ is especially designed to cross-link these worlds and allow you to enter a new realm of detail and satisfaction with your musical creation or listening experience.
Zodiac+ wipes the virtual dust from your monitor speakers, widening the picture and adding more details, revealing extra dimension in the spectrum of music.
Q. Is this really the best monitoring DAC for me? Well, its no secret that Zodiac+ sounds amazing. However, there is more! Read on...
Added flexibility for the professional user makes for a distinctly powerful device: AES Input, fine trimmers on the balanced outputs, mono button, mute select (soft & full), transparent analog inputs, BNC word clock input, 192kHz USB.
DE-JITTERED AUDIO OUTPUT
Digital outputs on AES/EBU and S/PDIF offer all the benefits of Antelopes 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking, so external devices gain significant sonic advantages when connected to Zodiac+.
With a number of different inputs available, you can monitor many sources such as CD, Laptop, DAW or Mixers and Keyboards. Balanced and unbalanced inputs at both +4db and -10db allows tremendous flexibility, while auto detection of connected devices means source selection is simple and convenient.
OVEN CONTROLLED CLOCK
Often overlooked, the quality of the clock is extremely important when high quality audio is desired. The clock is housed in a shielded container where the temperature is kept constant, therefore bringing significant benefits to the detail, dynamics and stereo placement of the audio.
Sophisticated 64-bit algorithms allow precise control over our Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and Jitter Management; two critical components to improve audio via clocking. The incoming digital signal is brought to life with this unique 64-bit technology, resulting in smooth and detailed audio whatever the method of digital connectivity.
ANTELOPE PERFORMANCE USB
Custom implementation of the USB chip leads to extreme audio performance and comprehensive support for your system. There are user selectable modes tailored to suit both Mac and PC; and with a data transfer rate of 480Mbits flawless audio is achieved with native drivers.
Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps deliver smooth sound at both high and low levels. Custom designed for accurate monitoring with a wide range of headphone impedances. Controlled by a dedicated volume knob.
To preserve the full bit resolution of the DAC, volume adjustment is entirely in the analog domain. Separate analog and digital power supplies eliminate digital cross-talk. This is further enhanced by keeping analog and digital circuits on separate PCBs. These gold plated boards utilize large internal ground plains, cancelling noise and voltage shifts.
NUTS AND BOLTS
All component decisions for Zodiac+ are based on a passion to produce something very special - technically, musically and aesthetically. Built with many solid aluminium parts and also very cute on the eye, it will be your pride and joy just like it is our passion.
Custom USB chip streams audio up to 192kHz
Antelope Oven Clock for supreme stability
64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
129dB Dynamic Range
Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps
De-jittered, re-clocked Digital Audio Outputs
Precision Trim Pots for Balanced Analog Outs
Accurate Level Display for Main Volume
Mute (soft dim & full mute)
PC/Mac Software Control Panel
Mono summing function
2x Headphone Outputs on 1/4 TRS
AES/EBU Digital Input
2x S/PDIF coaxial Inputs
2x Optical TOSLINK inputs
USB on mini B type connector
Word Clock Input on BNC
Balanced Analog Outputs on XLR
Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA
Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4 TRS
Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
De-jittered AES/EBU Output
De-jittered 2x S/PDIF Outputs
Height: 112mm, 4.4
Width: 165mm, 6.5
Depth: 190mm, 7.5
Weight: 2kg, 4.4 lb