This unit is as-new in original double box. List price is $9,850.
The DAC502 is a new state of the art D/A Converter with an unprecedented level of sophistication and versatility.
The DAC502 has a web interface for configuring it via a web browser. The following functions are accessible via the web interface:
Volume and Balance controls.
DSP algorithms configuration.
DSP snapshots configuration.
With the DAC502 Weiss is creating a new paradigm for what used to be a black box device. A typical D/A Converter is a "set and forget" device. Not so with the DAC502. It adds a number of interesting signal processing features and sports a variety of digital inputs. Balanced, unbalanced and headphone outputs are provided.
The DAC502 has a digital signal processing chip built in (DSP) with the following DSP algorithms are currently implemented:
· Room Equalizer - to suppress room modes for a decent bass reproduction.
· Creative Equalizer - a tone control with low boost/cut, high boost/cut and mid boost/cut. Very useful to correct those recordings which do not quite sound right.
· Constant Volume - adjusts the audio volume (loudness) to a constant value across all tracks played. Useful for "party mode" when the volume control should stay untouched.
· Vinyl Emulation - get that special sonic character of a record player-based playback chain. We also employ an emulation of the DMM-CD procedure offered by the Stockfisch label.
· Crosstalk Cancelling (XTC) - for the playback of dummy head recordings or live recordings via speakers for an incredible live sensation. Dummy head recordings usually are listened to via headphones because they only work properly if the left channel goes to the left ear only and the right channel to the right ear only. With speakers this is difficult to achieve as the left channel goes to the left and the right ear. But with some clever signal processing of the speaker channels it is possible to suppress the crosstalk, i.e. the audio going from the left speaker to the right ear and vice versa. If that works properly then the recording sounds as if one would be in the space where the recording has taken place. All the reverberation and 3D representation of the sound sources is there. (For speaker-based playback only.)
· Roon Ready - Roon is a next generation player software which does many things right. Things we like to get granted when playing music from storage or via streaming. Some of Roon’s highlights are extensive metadata support including cover art, CD booklets and lyrics, support of file playback from NAS as well as streaming from Tidal and Qobuz, Internet Radio, comprehensive information on the signal path involved, multi-room capability, MQA decoding, top audio quality and many more.
· Headphone Equalizer - to adapt any headphone to the listener's ears in terms of frequency response.
Weiss Engineering has a 30 year history in D/A Converter design. In that time span we have learned a thing or two about converter design. The DAC502 is the essence of our experiences. See more at www.weiss.ch