Parasound, the San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, introduces the Zdac, a 192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter. Zdac is the newest addition to Parasound’s compact ‘half-width’ Z-Series product family and it is available in either a black finish with rack-mounting tabs or the new silver finish without rack-mount tabs.

“The Parasound Zdac brings digital-to-analog converter (DAC) technology to an entirely higher level of performance at a price comparable to many conventional aftermarket DACs,” said Richard Schram, President of Parasound. “The Zdac is an ideal upgrade for many components such as digital media players with less-than-optimal on-board DACs, or computer audio, TV audio, CD or other player with digital outputs. It is rugged, reliable, and easy to hook up. Once it is up and running there is little to do but enjoy the music.”

At the core of the Zdac’s design is Clockflawless(TM), a new method to eliminate jitter invented by Holm Acoustics in Denmark. It preserves the source signal in bit-perfect form, while restoring the timing information in the stream of the original recording. All timing errors introduced and accumulated during the transport phase are removed for SPDIF and Optical as well as USB.

The Parasound Zdac accepts 24 bit word lengths and all sampling rates up to 192kHz on SPIF and Optical and 96kHz on USB.

Both versions of the Parasound Zdac Digital to Analog Converter will be available the second week of November with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $475.



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