|Marantz HD-DAC1 DSD DAC & Headphone Amp Review|
|Home Theater Preamplifiers Stereo Preamps|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Friday, 09 January 2015|
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Marantz has been introducing new products into the marketplace at quite a clip over the past year. Even as a reviewer, it has been hard to keep up. Their recent lines of A/V Home Theater receivers are stellar, and even the entry-level products push the price-to-performance ratio to the limit of what I thought was possible. Their recent entry level two channel components offer crazy value, as I recently found out with the PM5005 and CD5005 integrated amp/CD player.
Optical and coaxial digital inputs as well as a USB-B port enable you to stream music directly from your PC or MAC; iDevices can also be connected via the USB port on the front. For even more connectivity also included is an analog input. The USB-B works in asynchronous mode to support not only 192 kHz / 24bits high-resolution audio but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz for maximized performance quality. When connected to a computer, we built extended isolation around the USB-B input to eliminate the chance of a high frequency noise being generated by the computer when entering the HD-DAC1. Also included is a jitter remover and Dual Clock for extreme accuracy. Info on volume, input, resolution, etc. is shown on the Marantz Porthole Display. Lastly, a solid aluminum front is supported by a double layer bottom plate.”
The HD-DAC1 also includes a very nice aluminum remote control for adjusting volume, selecting input, and more. Larger-than-normal footers are a nice touch too, supporting the sturdy chassis. As a matter of fact, everything about the HD-DAC1 seems more expensive than its asking price. It exudes class and quality out of the box. But, of course, sonics are what separates audio products, and when you read on, you will see it did not disappoint.