PS Audio DirectStream DAC

$8,395.00

DirectStream DAC – Pure DSD done right

PS Audio HiFi components are now available for audition on the Gold Coast, please contact us at GC HiFi to arrange your own private listening session.

Introducing DirectStream, one of the most remarkable DACS ever built.  Hand written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years.  CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DirectStream to ten times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. Classic PCM based DACS, including many of today’s DACS that can also process DSD, tend to cover up some of the subtle musical details buried deep within digital audio music; a problem inherent in their architecture.  DirectStream solves this problem by employing a pure DSD single-bit approach for both PCM as well as DSD media. This means that your entire library of music can finally reveal all the music and subtle low level details buried deep within its core.  Imagine going to a recording studio and listening to a master tape of any recording made.  This is the experience DirectStream provides its owners who enjoy a renewed sense of enjoyment and discovery when listening to everything in their library: CD’s, downloads, DSD.

PS Audio HiFi components are now available for audition on the Gold Coast, please contact us at GC HiFi to arrange your own private listening session.

Pure 100% single bit DSD based D to A Converter

Most of today’s sophisticated DACs are IC based instruments using off-the-shelf-chips that are Multi-bit Sigma Delta based designs.  While these are relatively simple to design and produce, they don’t often give the best results sonically.  Because they are one-chip systems compromises are made in their architecture that found in DirectStream’s custom based architecture.  DirectStream takes both PCM and DSD, upsamples the data and converts to single-bit DSD and then outputs pure music regardless of input format for the data.  The results of this design can be heard in increased musical information presented to the listener at every opportunity.

Purely passive output stage

Most modern DACs use some form of active tube or solid state output stage to amplify, filter and drive the DACs output.  DirectStream takes a different approach: passive.  In one of the simplest, elegant and musically correct executions of an output stage, high speed class A video amplifiers are used as the final switch for the single-bit, double DSD output of DirectStream; feeding a high performance passive audio output transformer.  The transformer is specially designed to act as both the galvanic isolation between the DAC and the outside world as well as the primary low pass filter required to present a perfect, low distortion, low noise output signal.  When you listen to DirectStream you never are accosted by added bright, hard glare in the music as happens with many active designs.  Instead, clean, pure music flows from the DirectStream directly to your preamplifier or power amplifier.

Resolution perfect volume and balance controls

Designer Smith perfected a 100% bit-perfect volume and balance control that’s built into DirectStream, enabling users to control the output level when feeding directly into a power amplifier or preamplifier.  That the volume control is completely bit-perfect means there is no loss of resolution for any volume setting, a feature unique amongst the majority of DACS in the world today.  The ability to eliminate the preamplifier in the system without any resolution loss is a major benefit to DirectStream’s outstanding musical performance.

 

Physical

Unit Weight

22 lbs [13.5 kg]

Unit Dimensions

14” x 17” x 4” [ 36cm x 43cm x 10cm]

Shipping Weight

31 lbs [19 kg]

Shipping Dimensions

20.5”x 24” x 10” [52cm x 61cm x 25cm]

Power requirements

Input Power

Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz

Power Consumption

30W

Digtial audio inputs

I2S(2), Coax, XLR Balanced, TOSLINK, USB, Network Bridge slot

Sample Rates

I2S,S/PDIF, and USB — 44.1kHz to 192kHz 16bit, 24bit, DSD 64, DSD 128

TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz 16bit, 24bit

Analog Audio Output

Connector

RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)

Output level, low

1.41 Vrms(+5BV)/3.15

Output level high, maximum

2.81 Vrms (+8dBV)/5.3 Vrms (+12dBV)

Output Impedance

100Ω/200Ω

Frequency Response

20-20KHz +/- 0.25dB

THD+N @ 1KHz (full scale)

<0.03%

Output Stage

Passive audio transformer, fed by high current, high speed analog amps producing double rate DSD.

Data Handling

Format

PCM or DSD

Sample rate (PCM)

44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Word length (PCM)

16b, 18b, 20b, 24b

Data rate (DSD)

Standard (2.8MHz) or Double (5.6MHz) DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs

Input jitter reduction

effectively 100%, residual immeasurable. No input PLLs, FLLs.

Input Processing

170MHz

Signal Processing

50MHz

Synchronous Upsampling, all inputs

28.224MHz

Digital Processing S/N ration

>146 dB

Digital Volume Control

Zero loss of precision

Analog Conversion method

Delta Sigma (DSD) Single-bit double rate

I2S Digital Input

Connector

HDMI

Format

PCM or DSD. DoP on all inputs as well as raw DSD on I2S inputs

USB Digital Input

Connector

USB “B” Type

Format

PCM or DoP v1.1 (DSD over PCM)

Transfer mode

Asynchronous