The Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC was designed by Bruno Putzeys, who is considered among the best digital designers in the world. The dealer I purchased this from A/B tested 76 different digital front ends and the Tambaqui is in their top 5 DACs. It is eerie quiet and can produce micro detail you have never heard before. I use it as both a preamp and DAC as a Roon endpoint with just an ethernet input, balanced outputs to amplifiers. It replaced a highly regarded PS Audio BHK preamp and DirectStream DAC, exceeding them in every way. If you are looking for a world class DAC that competes in the $100k category, then the Tambaqui should be on your list!
Operating Principle PWM DAC with 32-stage discrete analogue FIR output stage. Avoids “sigma delta” tones and “R2R” glitch and low-level linearity errors Asynchronous upsampling to 3.125MHz/32 bit. 7-th order noise shaper clearing 80kHz band. Each input rate has an optimized upsampling filter chain. I/O Optical (Toslink) S/PDIF (Cinch) AES/EBU (XLR) USB type B Ethernet (Roon Ready) Bluetooth (A2DP, APTX) I²S over HDMI Balanced output Headphone output (6.3mm Jack, Balanced XLR) 2 programmable trigger outputs Supported formats PCM up to 384 kHz /32 bits (>192 kHz and >24 bits via USB and Roon only) DoP and Native DSD up to quad speed (USB and Roon only) Performance Full-Scale Output Level (XLR): 18dBu Full-Scale Output Level (headphone): 11dBu Signal to Noise Ratio: 130dB THD, IMD: not measurable (estimated -140dB) Bandwidth: Up to 80kHz (apodizing response) Integrated jitter: <1ps from 10Hz upwards, <300fs from 1kHz upwards Jitter rejection: >80dB at 1Hz after 20 seconds of lock.
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