This dac does not sound like any Delta Sigma based dac. It uses an FPGA with custom code written for it. The sound is also unlike typical dac's out there.
I have a thing for digital done right with no "digital" artifacts. I seek out digital gear that sounds really analog as I get a headache with digititus. This QBD76HDSD has a warm, full bodied sonic signature with probably the best bass presentation in the business.
The sound quality and presentation of the Chord QBD76HDSD is EXTREMELY sophisticated, with vivid textures, yet ease of presentation. It will not assault you or fatigue you. It will caress you, yet has an authority in the bass that will ground your listening. Frankly, I've never heard any DAC like this one...the British Chord company has really put forward a very musically satisfying foot forward with this piece.
- 1, 2 and 4 sec RAM buffer (The 4 second buffer has the fullest and warmest sound IMHO). Effectively eliminates jitter on any digital input.
- FPGA based digital decoding. No DAC chips.
- Probably the best build quality in the business!! Even an army tank can't hurt this thing.
- Digital Inputs: SPDIF, COAX, BNC, AES, OPTICAL, USB, USB HD.
- Supported sampling rates: 44.1Khz, 48Khz, 88.2Khz, 96Khz, 176.4Khz or 192Khz, DSD
- 120dB of Dynamic Range which is extremely high.
- Has a very stout 6V rms Balanced output and 3V rms unbalanced/RCA output.
- Worldwide power compatibility built in.