Luxman has released a new stand-alone DAC, the DA-250, to replace the six-year-old DA-200 which was a successor in 2010. The new model handles all digital formats, including DSD 5.6MHz. The Luxman's DA-250 is a Class A Preamplifier, Class A Headphone Amplifier and a USB capable Digital Audio Converter packaged in a slim & compact B4 form factor.
Every aspect of this elegant instrument is designed around one goal: Delivering music with astonishing purity, gripping emotionalism, sublime dynamics, and see-through transparency that takes you right to the heart of the event. Whether listening to DA-250 through speakers or ‘phones, or even using it to record your vinyl LP collection, you'll be treated to tonally rich, vividly detailed performance that will have you viewing your favorite albums and artists in a completely new light.
USB input is compatible up to 192 kHz/32bit PCM data and DSD data (2.8MHz and 5.6MHz).S/PDIF input handles up to 192 kHz/24bit PCM signals.In addition to USB input, the DA-250 has a coaxial input and two optical (Toslink) inputs to enable connection with a CD player and / or DVR, satellite radio etc.The Texas Instruments PCM1795 was selected for the DAC, which contains a 32 bit digital filter, digital signals are up-converted internally to 352.8k or 384kHz/32 bit.Two different kinds of tone filter setting are provided and switchable to your taste (32bit digital filter for PCM and analog FIR filter for DSD).Low phase noise clock modules are mounted independently on both 44.1 k and 48kHz channels to reduce noise around the oscillating frequency and to generate highly accurate low jitter clock signals.By using asynchronous communication for the USB input and a DAIR high accuracy clock for S/PDIF, low jitter reduction is possible.
The configuration of D/A converter and high quality pre-amplifier circuit has been considerably upgraded in terms of both sound quality and performance.Output signal can be selected between Fixed and Variable modes. Variable position is convenient for a direct connection to a separate type power amplifier or a powered speaker system. For example a matching LUXMAN M-200 stereo amplifier can be used to drive the loudspeakers of your preference.
One analog input is available. Analog signals are converted into the digital realm by way of a built-in A/D converter TI PCM9211/DAIR. For example, the matching Luxman E-200 / 250 phono stages will allow a turntable to be connected to the DA-250 and output to 24/96 for easy recording.The power environment of high inertia from a large power transformer to large capacity block capacitors and each circuit’s independent regulator is designed to provide a great drive impetus to the signal output, delivering large dynamic swings and maintaining image specificity across the sound-stage regardless of the listening level.
HI-FI WORLD - 'Lux like heaven, Luxman's new DA-250 DAC is a superb performer with impressive flexibility says: Jon Myles'
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