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Natural, sweet, open and organic are not words usually used to describe digital electronics but those were the design goals for the BorderPatrol DAC. Too many digital audio products sound processed, unnatural and uninvolving and this is particularly true of many of the new generation of hi-resolution DAC's. The most natural sounding DAC’s are usually NOS (no over-sampling) designs based around the R-2R resistor ladder chips with no digital filtering. When carefully implemented, designs like this can sound refreshingly natural and organic.
"In many respects, the DAC SE is a digital cousin to my
Denon DL-103R and Ortofon SPU phono cartridges.
I’m a proud owner of both, and now of the DAC SE.
I encourage you to seek out an audition because you may
become an owner of this bargain-priced DAC too."
'I cheerfully confess that this DAC has been the most entertaining thing to hit my rack in years. The performance easily earns the BorderPatrol DAC SE an Editor’s Choice award, but also puts it firmly into Best of the Year territory. An absolute must-listen.'
If you’ll pardon the hyperbole, at $1,850 with all the bells
and whistles, this DAC blows the doors off of just about
everything else. And no, not just in its weight class. I
mean “just about everything else”. To
better it, I have to go to extraordinary lengths
(and budgets) — and that’s crazy.
(~$1,000) is from BorderPatrol,
whose “entry-level” DAC certainly doesn’t sound entry-level.
It has to be one of the most wild and open-sounding I’ve
ever come across— and by “open sounding”, I mean, “makes
most other DACs sound broken”. It’s a little breathtaking,
really, but never in
that fatiguing kind of way.
How can a DAC with no oversampling and limited hi-res capability
sound so good?
Available as USB only, SPDIF only or switchable USB and SPDIF. The USB version of the DAC also features a SPDIF output which enables it to function as a very high quality USB to SPDIF converter.
all enquiries please contact: Gary
Dews BorderPatrol Audio Electronics
c/o Kaja Music Systems
Waldorf Maryland USA
For all enquiries
BorderPatrol Audio Electronics c/o Kaja Music Systems
Waldorf Maryland USA
Available withasynchronous USB input, SPDIF input or switchable USB and SPDIF.
No over-sampling (NOS), no digital filtering R2R DAC chip with no output buffering.
quality signal capacitors couple
the chip to the output of the DAC.
Tube/solid state hybrid choke input filter power supply featuring over-sized power transformers, high speed low noise diodes with resistor-capacitor snubbing, a high inductance choke and a EZ80 tube rectifier. It feeds both the USB/SPDIF and DAC cards which each have independent voltage regulation.
The SE version features a novel BorderPatrol twin transformer power supply system (as used in the BorderPatrol EXS amplifier PSU's), ELNA Cerafine power supply capacitor and film and foil signal coupling capacitors.
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