There are a hand full of DACs that are among the very best sounding and clearly the Zodiac Gold is on the short list. I personally give the Zodiac Gold with Voltkikus the edge over the Berkley Alpha Dacs and you save nearly $1000 in addition the Gold has a dedicated Headphone amplifier with its own volume control. In addition the Zodiac Gold has Clock inputs and outputs so if you have a server like the Music Vault Diamond you can take the analog performance completely over the top with the addition of a External System clock.
The Zodiac Gold with Voltikus Power Supply sounds wonderful it will make you smile when you listen to it, really it will make you smile. There are all sorts of great reviews out there on the Zodiac Gold because really it will make you smile when you listen to music. It will make your old red book CDs sound 3 dimensional, analog like ,have sparkle, air around the instruments but mostly it sounds like a fabulous turntable, cartridge, tone arm and RIAA phono stage with out record noise when you play it and that is a great thing for it to sound like.
I think it is because of its unique clock circuitry and other things too but it sounds great and beats any other DAC in its price range that I have gotten to hear.
Were you an early adapter do you have a DAC you want to trade in on the Gold Bundle to get the price down???
I will take your old dac in trade on the Gold Bundle, I will give you up to $1000 for it in trade on the Gold.
If it is worth more than that to you you should sell it but if it is a nice working DAC I will give you up to $1000 off the price of the Gold bundle for it in trade on the Gold Bundle.
I might offer you less for it too but let's discuss it. The Gold Bundle will make you happy for years to come.
The Gold Bundle comes with a full factory warranty and I am an authorized Antelope Dealer.
Zodiac Gold is Antelope's flagship USB D/A converter, providing exquisite audiophile sound. The DAC is among the very few on the market with 384 kHz audio streaming capability thanks to the custom designed USB controller chip that streams digital audio up to 480 Mbits.
As a preamp, the device allows up to 8 input sources with auto-detection of active channels, providing the ease and flexibility to connect to virtually any device. A dual-stage headphone driver architecture unveils every sonic detail, while the relay based volume control assures superb stereo imaging at any listening level.
UP TO 384 kHz SAMPLING RATE
Antelope Audio is one of the first to offer 384kHz capability. In doing so, we hope to match and exceed the expectations of even the most critical of ears. Now audiophiles can enjoy the highest bandwidth that a USB 2.0 interface can provide for audio.
STEPPED RELAY VOLUME ATTENUATOR
When adjusting volumes, it’s imperative that the stereo image remains completely intact. The Zodiac Gold achieves this by incorporating stepped relays that are matched to 0,05 dB to maintain the most accurate stereo balance at all volume levels.
DE-JITTERED AUDIO OUTPUT
Digital Outputs on AES/EBU and S/PDIF offer all the benefits of Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking, so external devices gain significant sonic advantages when connected to Zodiac Gold.
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. For different sound texture the amplifier impedance is switchable between 120 and 0 Ohm.
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 PCB’s. These gold plated boards utilize large internal ground plains, canceling noise and voltage shifts.
NUTS & BOLTS
All component decisions for Zodiac Gold are based on a passion to produce something very special - technically, musically and aesthetically. Built with many solid aluminium parts and also very pleasing to the eye, it will be your pride and joy just like it is our passion.
2x Headphone Outputs on 1/4” TRS
Trimmable balanced Analog Outputs on XLR
Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA
Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
AES/EBU Digital Input
2x S/PDIF Coaxial Inputs
2x Optical TOSLINK Inputs
USB on standard B type connector
Word Clock Input on BNC
De-jittered AES/EBU Output
De-jittered 2x S/PDIF Outputs
IN THE BOX
In The Box ZODIAC GOLD 384 kHz Audiophile DAC
DC Power supply
IEC Power cable
Optical TOSLINK cable
Dimensions Height: 112 mm, 4.4"
Width: 165 mm, 6.5"
Depth: 190 mm, 7.5"
Weight 2 kg, 4.4 lb
You may have noticed Audiogon doesn't fully work so please contact me directly to buy or trade in your old dac and buy the Gold. My phone number is 720 308 4000 and email is neal@soundsceiencecat.,com