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WyreStorm Express™ EXP-CON-DAC-D Digital-to-Analog Converter

Converts Dolby® Digital audio to analog stereo

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The WyreStorm Express™ EXP-CON-DAC-D is a compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that specializes in converting Dolby® Digital audio signals to stereo. Unlike typical stereo-only DACs, it accepts up to 5.1-channel audio encoded in Dolby Digital surround from sources like a Blu-ray/DVD player, computer, or Apple TV®. It's a great solution for any source with a coaxial or Toslink optical digital audio output. Multichannel signals are downmixed to standard analog stereo audio. Once in analog stereo, the signals can easily be fed to a receiver, amplifier, recorder, or powered speakers.

Product Highlights:

  • compact digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
  • accepts up to 5.1-channel Dolby® Digital-encoded audio and downmixes to analog stereo audio
  • supports audio signals up 24-bit/192kHz
  • coaxial and Toslink optical digital audio inputs
  • analog stereo audio outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio (20-20kHz): greater than 90 dB
  • AC adapter included
  • 2-9/16"W x 15/16"H x 4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Dolby Digital analog audio converter
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
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WyreStorm Express™ EXP-CON-DAC-D Digital-to-Analog Converter Reviews

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(2 Reviews)

L R swapped

MikeB from Rochester, NY on 11/10/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Right channel audio signal is coming out of white RCA socket with the letter "L" right above it. If the quality control is so poor, how can customers trust whether other things (Dolby down mix, which is quite complicated) are correct in this product?

Pros:

Cons: Poor quality control. L and R audio channels are swapped.

Problematic

Chris from Maryland on 8/20/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had hopes for using this DAC between my Samsung TV (surround output) and my new Yamaha R-S700. I prefer my 2.0 stereo, and Crutchfield pointed out that this is one of a very few DACs that will mix-down to two channel audio. The problem is that the power supply is very cheaply made and did not work out of the box. Crutchfield was great - willing to send me another unit immediately - but the power supply jack was so poorly made that I decided to go with another USB power supply I had laying around. Even so, I'm not terribly impressed. There's no 'on/off' switch for the unit, it gets pretty warm when running, and I just don't think it's worth the money. Get a better DAC, or just live with RCA cables - this one isn't worth your time.

Pros: Converts optical or coax input dolby digital surround to analog 2.0 - not a whole lot of DACs that will do this, apparently. Oh, and it's fairly inexpensive.

Cons: Cheap build quality on the power supply cord, no on/off switch, only one input works at a time (you have to flip a tiny switch to go from the coax to the optical inputs). Sound quality is unremarkable.

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Dolby Digital to Analog Audio Converter: The WyreStorm Express EXP-CON-DAC-D is a Dolby Digital to analog audio converter capable of taking up to 5.1ch audio encoded in Dolby Digital surround from compatible multi-channel S/PDIF coaxial or Toslink optical digital audio sources and down-mixing to standard L/R analog stereo audio.

  • Digital Inputs: One digital optical (toslink) input & one digital coaxial (RCA) input; selectable via built-in switch
  • Analog Outputs: One analog stereo RCA output

Audio Specifications:

  • Bit-Rate: up to 24-bit
  • Sampling Frequency: up to 192kHz
  • Distortion: <0.001% @ 1kHz at 2V RMS
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 90dB (20Hz - 20kHz)
  • Dynamic Range: 106 dB A-wt
  • THD+N: -93dB
  • Output Impedance: 500Ω
  • Output Voltage: 1.8V RMS @ Max Input (0dBFS)
  • Frequency Response: <+/-0.5dB

Power Requirements: The WyreStorm Express EXP-CON-DAC-D operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-250V ~ 50/60Hz, 0.2A Max
  • Output: 5.0V - 1.0A

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