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 delta-sigma DAC's.
The BorderPatrol DAC uses a R2R DAC chip with no oversampling and no digital filtering fed from a very sophisticated choke input, tube rectified power supply to produce one of the natural, 'un-digital' sounds its possible to hear.
All things considered and in the grand scheme of DAC's, this makes the BorderPatrol DAC SE a very special character and one I recommend you give more than an ear. If you're anything like me, or Herb Reichert who remains one of my favourite writers (and people) your ears, heart and mind may tell you the same thing--- Julie Andrews be damned! This is the sound of music!
This little BorderPatrol DAC is a stunning success when it comes to achieving the design goals of sounding natural, sweet, open and organic. If you quit listening critically and just enjoy the performance, I think like me, you will discover that this DAC allows a degree of emotional involvement that you just don't get from even some of the most expensive digital devices.
"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 clearly better it, I have to go to extraordinary lengths (and budgets) — and that’s crazy.
'Right away I knew the BorderPatrol wasn't just another digital converter; there was more life, more body and soul to the sound of files.'
My budget-favorite (~$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.
Available as USB only, SPDIF(COAX or COAXIAL) only or switchable USB + SPDIF(COAXIAL). 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.
NOTE: SPDIF is short for SONY PHILLIPS DIGITAL INTERFACE. It is also known a COAX or COAXIAL.
For all enquiries please contact: Gary Dews E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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(COAX) input or switchable USB + SPDIF(COAX).
No over-sampling (NOS), no digital filtering R2R DAC chip with no output buffering.
High quality signal capacitors couple the chip to the output of the DAC. Copper metal chassis.
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.
The SEi version features a novel BorderPatrol twin transformer power supply system (as used in the BorderPatrol EXS amplifier PSU's), Jensen Paper in Oil capacitors and an ELNA Cerafine power supply capacitor.
Free shipping to mainland USA.
220V-240V versions available for European and Asian markets.
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