Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC

A New Standard in Objective Performance

Made in collaboration with Grace Design, a company known for its incredibly accurate, transparent studio gear, the Standard DAC sets a new standard in entry-level DACs. It applies Grace Design’s pro-audio expertise to a simpler, more accessibly priced model that makes a great addition to any home or office system. Designed with the objectivist audiophile in mind, the SDAC delivers objectively good performance meant to meet or exceed the measurements of the popular ODAC while retaining many of its other benefits. Compact, capable, and easy to use, it could be all the DAC you need—and it’s here for $79.99.

Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC

Plug & Play Operation, Small Form Factor

The SDAC is equipped with the new AKM AK4452 digital-to-analog conversion chip from the same family as the one used in the m9XX DAC/amp, our first collaboration with Grace Design. This allows the DAC to process the most common file types up to 24 bit/96 kHz with no harshness or edge and the kind of resolution and detail that’ll make you want to listen on and on. It runs off of USB bus power with plug-and-play operation, which means you won’t need drivers or any special software for your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Finally, the SDAC’s small form factor is identical to the Massdrop Objective 2 headphone amp, so you can make a matching stack.

Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC
Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC

About Grace Design

In Lyons, Colorado, near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Grace Design produces some of the most innovative, highly respected pro audio gear on the market. Brothers Michael and Eben Grace started the company 27 years ago, and today, their products can be found around the world, from home studios to the scoring stage at Skywalker Sound. They’re widely praised for delivering a combination of non-fatiguing performance, extremely detailed sound, and legendary reliability.

Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC

Graphs

Frequency response, 20Hz–20 kHz:
Frequency Response Deviation
THD+N at 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS
THD+N at 100 Hz, -0.15 dBFS
THD+N at 10 kHz, -0.15 dBFS
IMD CCIF, -6.03 dBFS, 19/20kHz, 24/96k
IMD SMPTE -6 dBFS, 24/96k
Noise, A-weighted
Dynamic range, A-weighted
Crosstalk at 1 kHz, -10 dBFS (3.5mm jack)
1kHz Sine
FFT – Left
FFT – Right

Reviews & More

Specs

  • Massdrop x Grace Design
  • Chassis material: Anodized aluminum
  • DAC chip: AKM AK4452
  • Audio formats: Up to 24 bit/96 kHz
  • Frequency response, 20Hz–20 kHz: +/-0.02 dB
  • THD+N at 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS: 0.0013%
  • THD+N at 100 Hz, -0.15 dBFS: 0.0013%
  • THD+N at 10 kHz, -0.15 dBFS: 0.0024%
  • IMD CCIF, -6.03 dBFS, 19/20kHz, 24/96k: 0.0005%
  • IMD SMPTE -6 dBFS, 24/96k: 0.0015%
  • Noise, A-weighted:  -105 dBu
  • Dynamic range, A-weighted: >114 dB
  • Linearity, -90 dBFS: -0.07 dB
  • Crosstalk at 1 kHz, -10 dBFS (3.5mm jack): -102 dB
  • Sum of jitter components at 11,025 Hz, -1 dBFS: -133 dB
  • Maximum output:  2.15VRMS
  • USB controller: XMOS XU208-128-TQ64
  • Inputs: USB micro
  • Output: ⅛ in (3.5 mm) TRS, RCA
  • Power: USB Class 1 (no drivers required for Windows, Mac, or Linux)
  • Dimensions, L x W x H: 3.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 in (100 x 104 x 30 mm)
  • Length with RCA port: 4.2 in (105.5 mm)
  • Height with rubber feet: 1.4 in (34 mm)
  • Weight: 7.44 oz (210.8 g)

Included

  • Manufacturer’s 1-year warranty
  • 3.3 ft (1 m) micro-USB to USB cable

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Dec 12, 2017 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.