Our most advanced cd, digital audio and network streaming player yet
In a sense, digital audio doesn’t exist. You’d have to be a
particularly dull superhero to possess ears that can decode the millions
of 1’s and 0’s that make up your CD collection or iTunes library.
Whatever the source – be it a laptop, CD player, smartphone, USB stick –
the result is just a vibration in your speakers. In other words, it all
winds up analogue in the end.
Arguably, when playing from a digital format, the most vital
component is the DAC, or Digital to Analogue Converter. We’ll spare you
the bulk of the science, but this is what translates that otherwise
lifeless binary code into audible sound energy. Bit-depth, meanwhile, is
a key measure of audio quality.
So, if you’re listening to a 24-bit WAV copy of your favourite album
through a DAC that only converts to 16-bit, there’s a good chunk of
detail going to waste right there. That’s why we’ve included 32-bit DACs
on the entire HDA range – the most commonly used bit-depth in digital
recording – so you’re guaranteed the full aural picture of whatever the