Direct–Coupled, Medium output — More than enough power to successfully and gracefully drive a wide range of today's efficient headphones. Although DF Black has a lower output voltage than DF 1.2, its more advanced microcontroller and updated DAC chip mean that it can deliver more musical texture and detail — even when used with moderate–efficiency (~95–100dB/mW) headphones. When used as a line–level device (volume set to 100%), DF Black's 1.2 volts provide enough power to drive all preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver inputs.
The Microchip PIC32MX (USB 2.0 compliant) is a full–speed isochronous USB audio solution. Compared to other controllers, the Microchip microcontroller offers extremely low power consumption (77% lower than the TAS1020b and 95% lower than the most efficient XMOS solution), 32–bit architecture, and the option for software upgradibility (via a desktop application provided by AudioQuest). In addition, the Microchip's ultra–low–noise power supply minimizes the sound–degrading effect of high–frequency interference on the critical audio signal.
ESS 9010 32–Bit
Compared to the ESS 9023, the 32–bit ESS 9010 offers improved overall performance and uses a sophisticated minimum–phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music.
USB Adapter Specifications
Supports USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
Connects Type-C devices to USB Type-A cables
Enables charging and data transfer (synching)