For sale is an Antelope Zodiac Gold 384kHz DAC (Retail $3895) and Volitkus power supply (Retail $995) complete with original boxes, documentation and all accessories: remote, power cord, power umbilical, USB cable, optical TOSLINK cable.
Total retail cost - $4890.
Offered for $1395.
This exceptionally reviewed component offers not only world class DAC performance, but is also a fine preamp and headphone amp.
I always over-deliver when it comes to the condition of my components. Check my Audiogon feedback to read comments from dozens of very happy buyers.
Cosmetically, the Antelope Audio Gold DAC/Preamp is nearly flawless. The top of the black anodized case has two small hairline scratches near the rear edge that are so small they cannot be photographed, and it's likely you won't see them when you inbox your DAC.
The Voltikus power supply is also nearly flawless with the exception of a dark circular discoloration on the top of the black anodized case, which was caused by a brass weight preventing exposure to light over the course of my ownership.
Please read the complete description below to learn about the superb capabilities of this world class DAC/Preamp/Headphone amp.
The Antelope Audio Gold is an advanced digital audio converter engineered to deliver pristine audio with keenly articulated pitch and a spectacular soundstage. This unique sound is based on Antelope's 64-bit clocking technology used by the world's top audio engineers. A custom designed USB controller chip streams digital audio at 480 Mbits, supporting sample rates up to 384kHz with native drivers. As a preamp, the device allows up to 8 input sources with auto-detection of active channels with 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. For enhanced user experience your Zodiac comes with aluminum remote control and friendly PC/Mac software panel.
A sophisticated and powerful DAC, Pre-Amp and Headphone Amp for most refined tastes.
Unibody machined aluminum Remote Control
Custom USB chip streams audio up to 384kHz
Matched to 0.05 dB Relay Volume Attenuator
Antelope Oven Clock for supreme stability
64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps
Switchable (120 or 0 Ohm) HP amp impedance
De-jittered, re-clocked Digital Audio Outputs
129dB Dynamic Range
Accurate level display for Main volume
Mono summing function
Mute (soft dim & full mute)
PC/Mac Software Control Panel
Audiophile Double-linear Power Supply option
2x Headphone Outputs on 1/4” TRS
Trim-able 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
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 aUSB 2.0 interface can provide for audio.
Stepped Relay Volume Attenuator
When adjusting volumes, it’s imperative that the stereo image remain 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.
PC/MAC Software Control Panel
Computer-based audio sources have become more and more popular in the audiophile community. To enhance the use of the Zodiac with USB, Antelope designed a Software Control Panel that improves the interaction between computer and converter. Antelope’s Intuitive software helps combine great sound with ease of use.
The stylish champagne colored Zodiac Gold is matched perfectly to it’s elegant aluminum uni-body remote control. This isn’t just another remote control to toss under a coffee table, it’s a beautifully crafted device that will enhance the experience of owning a Zodiac Gold.
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, 384kHz USB.
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.
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 of480Mbits 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 and 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 aluminum parts and also very cute on the eye, it will be your pride and joy just like it is our passion.
Audiophile Power Supply (Optional)
Ultra-low noise, triple regulated analog PSU offered separately or bundled provides a piece of mind that the noise, spikes and distortion from the power grid won’t make their way to your high-end audio system.Because we’re not just protecting the Zodiac Gold, but also your amp,your speakers and most importantly, your ears.
In the box
Zodiac Gold HD Audiophile 384kHz D/A converter
Mobile DC Power Supply
IEC type power cable
Optical TOSLINK cable
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