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Want better sound from your digital music sources?
Tunes from the Internet, streaming audio, high-res downloads stored on your PC, even a favorite CD spinning in your disc player these digital sources all have one thing in common: they depend on a digital-to-analog converter to turn them into music. And, no surprise, the better the converter the more natural, dynamic, and detailed the sound. That's why more and more music lovers are turning to high-quality outboard DACs like Peachtree Audio's DAC·iT. This little silver box can take the place of the lo-fi sound card built into your computer, and the weak analog output section of a network audio player. Whether your music source is low bitrate Internet radio, or a 96kHz/24-bit high-res audio file, the DAC·iT will turn all those digital zeros and ones into a sonic thrill ride you won't soon forget.
One reviewer's take
Chris Connaker of Computeraudiophile.com compared the DAC'iT to much more expensive DACs, and liked what he heard:
Chris Connaker, Computeraudiophile.com (Read the full review)
A DAC that tames jitter and noise
Peachtree Audio took great care to ensure your music sources aren't plagued by "jitter" errors in the timing of the data stream that adversely affect sound quality. Jitter can make music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details. To reduce jitter to the vanishing point, DAC·iT uses a high-performance ESS Sabre32 DAC that's designed to extract the best possible sound from all your digital audio sources, especially high-jitter sources like your computer. Peachtree also electrically isolated the USB connection and transformer-coupled the coaxial input to prevent performance-robbing noise from entering the signal path.
Versatile connections for your system
The DAC·iT gives you three ways to connect your digital source components to your home audio system:
- coaxial digital input is ideal for connecting a CD or DVD player, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Sonos® ZonePlayer 90, or any other digital audio component with coax out, letting you take advantage of DAC·iT's high-performance processor for better sound.
- optical digital is ready to take on a set-top box, HDTV, game console, or other digital sources with optical digital output, so you can feed a high-quality audio signal into your stereo system.
- Type B USB jack passes digital audio signals from your computer to DAC·iT's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much higher quality sound with stored music files and Internet radio. Plus, it accepts data up to 96kHz/24-bit for playing downloaded high-res music.
A pair of gold-plated RCA outputs lets you connect DAC·iT to your home audio system via your amp or receiver. Or hook it up to a set of powered speakers for a high-end, compact desktop stereo. Peachtree even included a handy remote control for conveniently switching between inputs from the comfort of your easy chair.
- built-in ESS Sabre32 DAC (ES9022) digital-to-analog converter with jitter reduction
- 3 digital audio inputs optical, coaxial, and USB (Type B)
- supported sample rates:
- USB: up to 96kHz/24-bit
- optical: up to 96kHz/24-bit
- coaxial: up to 192kHz/24-bit
- 1 pair fixed RCA analog audio outputs
- transformer coupled inputs and galvanic USB isolation
- signal-to-noise ratio: 120 dB
- jitter level at master clock: less than 3 picoseconds
- all-metal chassis and housing
- remote control
- outboard power supply included
- 6-1/2"W x 2-7/16"H x 7-9/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Turn 1s and 0s into sweet sounding music
Why buy a separate DAC? These devices are all about getting true high-fidelity sound from digital sources like computers, streaming music players, smartphones, and more. While these kinds of sources usually have their own digital-to-analog converters built in, you can expect a separate DAC to give you much better accuracy and finer detail.
Peachtree DAC·iT Reviews
Average Customer Review:
WARM, FUZZY, AIRY, AND BOMBASTIC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I was one of the first users of the MSB Link DAC in the early 90s. Exited the audiophile scene for 8 years and just recently got back to it again. The DAC has come a long way and imrpoved throughout the years. The Burr Brown was king then but today the ESS Sabre wears the crown. I researched and read reviews about DACs in the market before making the purchase and there are tons out there with many price points. The Peachtree DACIT came out strong and I knew it would be a great partner with my budget Onkyo CD 7030 as a transport. It arrived, plugged it in, and it performs as expected and hoped for. The DACIT is very musical, sounds robust, full sounding throughout the sound spectrum. The bass is powerful, defined,and controlled. The mid-band is hefty and robust like you would get from a tubed system but not dull. The highs has enough sparkle to make cymbals sound like cymbals not fatiguing.The soundstage is wide and deep with superb front to back layering Female voices are rendered with definition and inflections. Melody Gardot's My Only Thrill CD is amazing. Instrumentals are first rate. The DACIT can wrestle with the big boys costing 3 to 4 times more and comes out smiling. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE is the USB section. I was totally floored to hear amazing musical quality when playing ripped lossless CDs and streaming internet music from my laptop. The resulting sound quality from direct connection from the laptop is outstanding and I can't really ask for more resolution.
Pros: The DACIT is very resolving, musical, full sounding from top to bottom, warm, lively, sounds almost like a vinyl without the "high maintenance". I hope it has a pretty good life span for many years and hours of music. The ESS Sabre 9023 DAC is the magic plus the proprietary circuitry. Viva Crutchfield for the exceptional service, even in Guam I feel the love...
Cons: The blue lights are too bright, it makes my room at night feel like a sleazy sweaty bar in Thailand. Don't know how long those lights will last and how they will be replaced later on. Trying to figure out how to connect an IPad3 to the DACIT...hhmmmm
A must hear!
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I hooked this up between my Squeezebox Touch and Marantz sr5005 (in pure direct mode, meaning that the marantz does nothing to the signal other than regulate the volume) and through an adcom gfa 555 into my dynaudio focus 110's....The sound is so warm it wraps around you like a blanket, and the detail is enhanced greatly from the stock DAC in the squeezebox...Very highly recommended!
Pros: warmth, detail, and the unit is very aesthetically pleasing to look at
Cons: The bright blue lights on the front of the unit are too bright
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I've used the DACiT for almost a month now. I am amazed at how much better my digital music sounds. I got rid of my iPod and now stream music directly from a computer and it sounds as good as a CD or even better!. In fact, after running my Onkyo DV-SP506 DVD/CD player through the DACiT, it sounded better than running the Onkyo directly to my receiver using an optical cable. Kind of disapointing because I thought the Onkyo had good digital to analog converters, but in the end I'm happier because the sound is better. It helps that I ripped my CD's to the computer in lossless format instead of compressed, but even compressed files sound better. I would definitely recommend this product.
Pros: Noticeable improvement in sound quality. Easy to install and connect. Small but attractive box.
Cons: Size and color(silver) doesn't really fit with the rest of my equipment, but they didn't need something huge like a cd player. Would be nice if they offered it in black.
Dacit Tames Digtal
If you miss the warmth offered by analog but love the convenience offered by digital formats, this may be what you're looking for? It's musically very neutral sounding, it tames the upper end harshness present in many recordings without dulling the overall sound. Bass is delivered convincingly, while remaining well defined. I was skeptical about how much difference there really is in dacs, but no more. I use it in conjunction with a SqueezeBox Touch, (that I love) to enjoy music from a computer in flac format. Audition one, do A/B comparisons with what you're currently using. I believe that for the $$$, it will be an easy decision.
What's in the box?
- Digital-to-analog converter
- Remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
- Instruction Booklet
Overview: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT is an outboard D/A converter optimized for streaming music from your computer and other digital audio devices, so you can listen to your entire music library with audiophile-grade sound. CD transports, computers, and other streaming devices tend to present a rather harsh musical environment with a unique set of challenges; the Peachtree DAC-iT is specifically designed for this type of environment and is optimized to handle these challenges. At the heart of the DAC-iT is an advanced ESS Sabre DAC. The secret to the sonic performance of the DAC-iT is the carefully-engineered implementation of this digital-to-analog converter, utilizing proprietary techniques and innovative circuit design.
All Metal Construction: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT features an all-metal chassis & housing to prevent against any unwanted vibration that might lead to distortion. An integrated rubber platform further enhances its anti-resonance.
ESS Sabre 32 9022 DAC: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT employs a high-resolution ESS Sabre 32 9022 DAC chip with a high-quality analog output section. This eliminates the need for expensive sound cards and effectively replaces the weak analog output section built into your computer or other streaming devices.
Extremely Low Jitter: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT reclocks any digital signal to less than 3 p/s (picoseconds) for a detailed, accurate, and natural sound. Many computers have up to 10x the mistiming (jitter) of a CD player, causing harsh, distorted sound.
120dB S/N: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT provides a 120db signal-to-noise ratio for high-quality sound.
3 Digital Audio Inputs: The DAC-iT features three digital inputs - USB for your computer, as well as optical & coaxial for your CD player or other streaming device.
- USB (Type-B): The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT features a USB (type-B) input to connect your computer. The DAC-iT's USB (type-B) input accepts data up to 96kHz/24-bit to handle high-resolution audio downloads.
- Optical (Toslink): The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT features a digital optical input to connect your CD player or other streaming device. The DAC-iT's optical (toslink) input accepts data up to 96kHz/24-bit to handle high-resolution audio downloads.
- Coaxial (RCA): The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT features a digital coaxial input to connect your CD player or other streaming device. The DAC-iT's coaxial (RCA) input accepts data up to 192kHz/24-bit to handle extremely high-resolution audio downloads.
Galvanized Isolation: The DAC is galvanic isolated, which is necessary when dealing with electrical noise generated by a computer's USB output. Elimination of this noise via USB is among the most important reasons that the USB section performs so well.
Transformer Coupled Inputs: Streaming devices can be attached to the DAC-iT via optical or coax which are also transformer coupled to prevent superfluous (unwanted) noise from entering the signal path.
Analog Output (RCA): The DAC-iT is equipped with a stereo RCA analog audio output (fixed) to connect to your home stereo system.
Remote Control: For added convenience, an IR remote control with discreet input selection is included.
Outboard Power Supply: The Peachtree Audio DAC-iT operates off of standard household AC current using its outboard AC power supply. Separating the power supply from the DAC's chassis prevents unnecessary electrical noise from entering the system.
- Input: 100-240V ~ 50-60Hz, 0.4A
- Output: 9V-1A, 9W
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