CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC
CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC

Headphone Amp/DAC

Perhaps you came across the last drop for the CEntrance DACmini PX Integrated Amp/DAC, but you prefer a simpler model without a power amplifier or an extra set of stereo outputs. Built with the same high quality design and cutting edge technology as the PX, the CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC gives your favorite headphones the high performance boost you’ve been craving without any extraneous parts.

Note: This drop is for the upgraded CX, with both the variable mod and 1 Ohm mod.

CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC

Sound Design

Every component of the DACmini was engineered to minimize distortion and facilitate the clearest, cleanest signal path possible. To limit the impact of electrical wiring eccentricities, the DAC chip is suspended in mid air and the chassis is divided in two- the right side for analog signals, and the left for digital. Offering full galvanic isolation, the signals never cross, thus retaining their pristine sound. Additionally, the internal jitter management algorithm- the JitterGuard- regularizes the digital signal for a natural response, crisp definition, extra resolution, and a wide soundstage.

CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC

Contruction

To ensure faster reaction time and uninterrupted output, the transformer-isolated power supply generates five independent voltages for the internal circuitry. Continuing quality into the overall construction, the casing is made of durable aluminum with a two-part chassis that prevents EMC leakage and blocks RF interference. Just in case your DACmini falls off the desk, an internal drop-protection pot guard rail protects the potentiometer from any potential damage. Due to the sleek form factor, the DACmini CX stacks beautifully with an Apple Mac Mini and merges seamlessly into any desk setup without taking up too much precious space. 

CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DACCEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC

Inputs and Outputs

At the back of the unit, you have your choice of an SPDIF optical, SPDIF digital, RCA, or USB input, as well as a headphone output up front. With the power switch and source selector on the front, you can navigate between inputs with ease. If you are plugged via USB into your computer, the DACmini constantly streams audio- even when the USB input is not selected- for uninterrupted performance. Capable of driving the highest impedance headphones while providing a noiseless floor for IEMs, the CEntrance DACmini CX is an impeccably designed amplifier and DAC combo that fits easily on any desk.

Specs

  • CEntrance
  • Analog audio side with relay muting and full galvanic isolation
  • Digital audio side with JitterGuard technology
  • Split-ground, transformer isolated power supply
  • Tongue-and-groove, RF-blocking aluminum enclosure
  • Shielded source selection cavity
  • Drop protection guard rail
  • Internal EMC barrier
  • Anti-vibration stabilizer
  • Heavyweight grounded aluminum volume knob
  • Smart source selector and power switch
  • Direct Class-A headphone amp
  • Outputs: Coaxial, Optical, RCA (L,R), and 1/4 in (6.3 mm) headphone
  • Inputs: USB, SPDIF optical, SPDIF coaxial, RCA (L,R)
  • AC powering: globally compatible, 90 - 240 VAC power supply included
  • DC powering: +9...+19 V DC (1A) for external adapters
  • Internal supplies: ground-isolated, filtered +/- 15 V, clean analog rails
  • 6.46 x 6.46 x 1.65 in (164 x 164 x 42 mm)
  • 3.75 lbs (1.7 kg)

Digital Specs

  • 24-bit resolution
  • USB sample rate: up to 96 kHz
  • S/PDIF sample rate: up to 192 kHz
  • Driverless USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface
  • Local clock: 10 ppm precision, unmeasurable jitter
  • Compatible with any computer with Mac, PC or Linux OS

Analog Specs

  • Nominal output level: +6.0 dBV (RCA outputs)
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 40 kHz
  • S/N ratio: 144 dB (line inputs), 113 dB (digital inputs)
  • THD+N: 0.00022% (line inputs), 0.001% (digital inputs)
  • Crosstalk: -128 dB (line inputs), 118 dB (digital inputs)
  • Output impedance: 25 Ohms (line output), 1 Ohms (headphone output)
  • Headphone output power: 1.5 W, drives 32 - 600 Ohm headphones
  • Max output level: +13.5 dBV (32 Ohms), +18.6 dBV (300 Ohms), +19.0 dBV (600 Ohms)

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Sep 21, 2015 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.