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NuForce Air DAC uWireless System

Wireless USB digital-to-analog converter

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Overview

Our take on the NuForce Air DAC uWireless System™

Right from the box, the Air DAC uWireless System is ready to play in just moments. Simply plug the included wireless transmitter dongle into a USB port on your computer, and the Air DAC takes over for your PC's sound card. The transmitter bypasses the analog circuitry in your PC and transmits a digital audio signal directly to the receiver module that's connected to your hi-fi system. The digital signal then gets converted by a high-quality DAC in the receiver and sent as an analog signal to your stereo amplifier for playback. Each Air DAC transmitter can send audio to as many as four independent receivers (sold separately), so you can play your tunes through multiple audio components.

Stream computer audio through your sound system — 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 sound system? And have it sound fantastic? Now there is. NuForce's Air DAC uWireless System 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, stereo, or even a pair of powered speakers. This two-piece system features interference-free, point-to-point wireless technology that delivers full-bandwidth audio from your desktop or laptop to your home system to give you exceptional 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 Air DAC uWireless Sytem's two-piece design makes it easy to enjoy computer-based music on your home audio system.

Simple to set up, easy to use.

RCA output

Simple RCA connections plug into your stereo system or a pair of powered speakers.

Right from the box, the Air DAC uWireless System is ready to play in just moments. Simply plug the included wireless transmitter dongle into a USB port on your computer, and the Air DAC takes over for your PC's sound card. The transmitter bypasses the analog circuitry in your PC and transmits a digital audio signal directly to the receiver module that's connected to your hi-fi system. The digital signal then gets converted by a high-quality DAC in the receiver and sent as an analog signal to your stereo amplifier for playback. Each Air DAC transmitter can send audio to as many as four independent receivers (sold separately), so you can play your tunes through multiple audio components.


does exactly what is says it will do

jim s., birmingham,al

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless DAC
  • AC power adapter (with attached 58" DC cord)
  • USB transmitter for Air DAC (with USB type-A connector)
  • Instruction Booklet

Product Highlights:

  • wireless USB transmitter dongle plugs into your computer
  • wireless receiver/DAC features RCA audio outputs for connection to a stereo, powered speakers, or home theater system
  • Wi-Fi network not required — uses point-to-point 2.4GHz wireless technology for uncompressed, full-audio-bandwidth transmission
  • each transmitter can send audio to as many as four receivers (additional receivers sold separately)
  • each DAC/receiver can connect to as many as four transmitters (additional transmitters sold separately)
  • simple control, no software, setup, or pairing required
  • transmission range: 49-98 feet
  • supports audio sample rates up to 48kHz/16-bit
  • compatible with files up to 24-bit/192kHz (downconverts high-res files to 16-bit resolution for playback)
  • frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • THD + Noise: 0.03%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 91 dB
  • external power supply with cord included for DAC receiver
  • 3-3/16"W x 1"H x 4-1/8"D (DAC receiver)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The NuForce Air DAC is a combination 2.4GHz wireless receiver and a premium quality digital-to-analog converter that uses SKAA & HPX technology. The NuForce Air DAC lets you stream music from your computer USB port, using the included uTX USB wireless transmitter, to your home entertainment system with CD-quality sound and minimal latency or interference. An optional NuForce iTX iPod transmitter (773ITX, sold separately) lets you stream audio from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. With SKAA & HPX technology you no longer have to choose between the convenience of a wireless audio system and the Hi-Fi CD-quality sound of a wired system; now you get both.

Discrete Wireless Connection: The NuForce Air DAC wireless DAC/receiver and included uTX USB wireless transmitter combine to form a wireless audio network; no WiFi "hotspot" needed for reception. A single transmitter can send audio to four receivers (773AIRDAC), while a single receiver can connect to as many as four transmitters (773UTX).

SKAA Wireless Technology: The NuForce Air DAC wireless DAC/receiver and uTX USB wireless transmitter are based on a new wireless technology known as SKAA. SKAA technology provides seamless operation and a consistent user interface across different SKAA devices, via 2.4GHZ wireless point-to-point transmission. Unlike similar wireless devices, the Air DAC and uTX USB transmitter do not experience the typical loss in sound quality or interference capability of cell phones and other wireless devices. Rather, they offer CD-quality sound, virtually no latency, a 49-98' range, and a spread-spectrum technology that detects and chooses from among available frequency spectrums in order to avoid interference. Visit www.skaa.com for more detailed information.

HPX Audio Codec: SKAA wireless Technology uses the HPX audio codec from Eleven Engineering Incorporated. The HPX audio codec has several advantages resulting in uncompressed, full-audio bandwidth (20-20k), CD-quality (16bit/48kHz) sound. With HPX audio compression technology, you will be unable to tell the difference between an uncompressed, wired audio source and the NuForce Air DAC system sending CD-quality sound across the SKAA (2.4GHZ) wireless link.

Windows/Mac Compatibility: The NuForce uTX USB transmitter is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers with a USB (type-A) port, so there's no need to install drivers. The uTX transmitter features a male USB (type-A) connector which plugs into your computer's female USB (type-A) port.

Analog RCA Outputs: The NuForce Air DAC wireless DAC/receiver is fitted with a set of stereo RCA analog audio outputs to connect to your home entertainment system (audio cables not included).

External Power Supply: The NuForce Air DAC operates off of standard household AC current using its included external power supply.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 0.3A, 50-60Hz
  • Output: 6.5V - 0.6A

Specifications:

  • 16-bit/48kHz x 2 channels
  • SNR > 90dB A-weighted
  • Operates @ 2.4GHz
  • Latency < 13.8 ms
  • 49-98' wireless range

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Simple and effective

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/17/2012 10:14:00 AM

I like simple solutions. I like the NuForce Air DAC.

I just plugged the wireless transmitter into the base of my iPod® classic, started playing music, and dialed up the volume on the speakers connected to the Air DAC. Nothing pleases like instant gratification.

The manual recommends setting your portable's volume to maximum, and using the volume control of the playback system to make adjustments. I think that's helpful for most situations.

As I moved through various rooms in the Lab, trying out reception in each, I found that keeping my iPod at half volume (and turning up the speakers accordingly) was a good solution when moving around. I could adjust the volume remotely on my player as necessary. That would be the equivalent of turning up the volume on my iPod as I stood in the kitchen to better hear the music coming through the speakers in the living room.

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