Antelope Zodiac Gold FACTORY REFURBISHED
by Antelope Audio
May have minor cosmetic imperfections
For questions, email Don Spacht at [email protected]
Antelope Zodiac 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
- 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
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
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,
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
- Remote Control
- Printed Documentation
- Mobile DC Power Supply
- IEC type power cable
- USB cable
- Optical TOSLINK cable