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NAD DAC 1

Wireless USB digital-to-analog converter

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Overview

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Right from the box, the DAC 1 is ready to play in just moments. Simply plug the included transmitter module into a USB port on your computer, and the DAC 1 essentially becomes your PC's sound card. The transmitter bypasses all of the analog circuitry in your PC and transmits a digital signal directly to the receiver module that's connected to your hi-fi system. The digital signal then gets converted and sent as an analog signal to your stereo amplifier. The DAC 1 uses premium digital and carefully selected passive components in a proprietary circuit for incredibly musical sound. It also sports a coaxial digital output that allows downstream digital processing by a different DAC or home theater receiver.

Turn your computer into a hi-fi component — wirelessly

Wouldn't it be great if there was an easy way to take all of the music that you enjoy on your computer — from CDs and MP3s to streaming Internet radio — and send it to your trusty, big-rig stereo? And have it sound fantastic? Now there is. NAD's DAC 1 wireless digital-to-analog converter offers a simple solution that turns your computer into a high-quality audio source. Anything that you can listen to on your PC or Mac® can be digitally transmitted to your existing home theater or stereo. This two-piece DAC features point-to-point wireless technology that delivers uncompressed, full-bandwidth audio from your desktop or laptop to your home system to give you the best possible sound quality. And because it's a closed wireless system, you don't even need a Wi-Fi® network to use it.


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The DAC 1's two-piece wireless design makes it easy to enjoy computer-based music on your home audio system.

Simple to set up. Easy to use.

Right from the box, the DAC 1 is ready to play in just moments. Simply plug the included transmitter module into a USB port on your computer, and the DAC 1 essentially becomes your PC's sound card. The transmitter bypasses all of the analog circuitry in your PC and transmits a digital signal directly to the receiver module that's connected to your hi-fi system. The digital signal then gets converted and sent as an analog signal to your stereo amplifier. The DAC 1 uses premium digital and carefully selected passive components in a proprietary circuit for incredibly musical sound. It also sports a coaxial digital output that allows downstream digital processing by a different DAC or home theater receiver.


What's in the Box:

  • Wireless USB DAC receiver
  • Wireless USB DAC transmitter
  • AC power supply (with attached 58" DC cord)
  • 7" mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) adapter cable
  • 50" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement

Product Highlights:

  • Burr-Brown TI PCM1781 digital-to-analog converter
  • wireless USB transmitter dongle plugs into your computer
  • Wi-Fi network not required — uses point-to-point 2.4GHz wireless technology for uncompressed, full-audio-bandwidth transmission
  • built-in driver for USB connection
  • stereo RCA and coaxial digital outputs for connection to a stereo or home theater system
  • transmission range: up to 131 feet
  • supports audio sample rates up to 48kHz/16-bit
  • frequency response: 20Hz to 24kHz (± 0.5 dB)
  • THD + Noise: 0.05%
  • signal-to-noise ratio): greater than 80 dB
  • external power supply with 58" cord included for DAC receiver
  • 7" mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) adapter cable for USB transmitter included
  • 50" stereo audio RCA cable included
  • 5-1/2"W x 2"H x 3-13/16"D (DAC receiver)
  • 1-1/2"W x 5/8"H x 3-1/4"D (wireless transmitter)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter lets you wirelessly stream music from your computer (PC/Mac) to your Hi-Fi stereo system with high performance sound. The NAD DAC 1 uses point-to-point 2.4GHz wireless technology which means you can just plug in the two-piece DAC 1 and start enjoying computer audio from your home entertainment system in minutes.

2.4GHz Wireless Connection: You don't need a Wi-Fi network to connect the NAD DAC 1 to your computer and home audio system. The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter uses point-to-point 2.4GHz wireless technology which features the full audio bandwidth (20-20kHz) and remains uncompressed to maintain sound quality.

Simple Installation: The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter consists of a wireless Receiver and Transmitter. Simply plug the DAC 1's Transmitter into your computer's USB port and it becomes a sound card that transmits your computer's audio wirelessly to the DAC 1's Receiver, which connects to your home receiver via a stereo analog or coaxial digital connection.

Note: There are Channel switches (1-3) on the Receiver and Transmitter. Make sure these switches are set to the same number.

Wireless USB DAC Transmitter: The DAC 1's Transmitter consists of a mini-USB (type-B) connector with a mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) adapter cable. Using the included USB cable, the DAC 1's Transmitter plugs into your computer's USB (type-A) port and bypasses all the analog circuitry in your PC and then wirelessly transmits audio directly to the DAC 1's Receiver, which is connected to your hi-fi system, using the native digital format for the best possible sound.

Wireless USB DAC Receiver: The DAC 1's Receiver consists of a integrated Digital-to-Analog Converter with analog & digital audio outputs. Once the wireless audio is received at the DAC 1's Receiver from the DAC 1's Transmitter, the digital signal is converted and sent as an analog signal to your home receiver through stereo analog audio outputs. There is also a coax digital output that allows downstream digital processing.

24-Bit/192kHz DAC: To achieve the best possible sound, the DAC 1's Transmitter digitally transmits the audio from your Mac or PC to the DAC 1's Receiver, which then converts the digital signal to analog using premium Burr-Brown OPAmps (TI PCM1781) and 24-bit/192kHz DACs with selected passive components in a proprietary circuit.

Compatible Sampling Rates: The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter supports audio sampling rates up to 48kHz/24-bit.

Audio Outputs: The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter is fitted with both analog & digital audio outputs

  • Analog Output: The NAD DAC 1 features one stereo audio RCA output to connect to your home stereo receiver.
  • Digital Output: The NAD DAC 1 features one coaxial digital output to connect to your home theater receiver.

AC Power Supply: The NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analog Converter includes an external AC power adapter.

Specifications

Sample Rate: 48kHz/16-bit

THD+N: 0.05% (ref 0dBFS)

Signal-to-Noise: > 80dB

Analog Output Level: 2V

Coax SPDIF: 500mV +/- 50mV

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 24,000Hz (+/- 0.5dB)

Time Delay: <18ms

RF Band: 2.4GHz

Transmission Range: 131' (40m)

Dimensions

DAC Receiver:

  • W = 5.5"
  • H = 2.0"
  • D = 3.8125"

Wireless Transmitter:

  • W = 1.5"
  • H = 0.625"
  • D = 3.25"

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