Nativ Wave DAC and Headphone amp

  • Model: Wave
  • Shipping Weight: 15lbs
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Converts 0s and 1s into beautiful sound.

Nativ Wave is a fully balanced USB DAC and headphone amplifier that converts all your digital music into breathtaking sound. It incorporates state-of-the-art components and design methodologies that can only be found in the world's best audiophile DACs. The result is a wonderfully musical DAC with outstanding detail, precise stereo imaging and explosive dynamics.

From MP3 to DSD. It’s all good.

Although Nativ Wave is designed for High-Resolution Audio it significantly enhances the sound of all your music. Even compressed music from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are filled with wonderful life and detail.

Nativ Wave plays all major High-Resolution Audio formats including DSD up to 11.2896 MHz (Quad-DSD), DXD and PCM files sampled at up to 32-bit/384 kHz. Support for Meridian’s MQA is also in the works.

Bit-Perfect or DSD Upsampling? Have it your way.

Nativ Wave processes audio from the digital inputs in bit-perfect quality or upsampled to 128x Fs DSD. The DSD upsampling is handled by proprietary algorithms and a powerful SHARC DSP, which minimizes jitter and allows the implementation of a gentle analog filter with high slew rate and tight tolerances. The result is a noise floor that is well below that of the recording itself, and a fantastic linearity that reveals musical details you have never heard before.

Fully balanced differential DAC design.

The heart of Nativ Wave is its state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion, which is based on a fully balanced differential dual-mono design featuring two 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DSD1792A DACs. The result is an extremely low noise floor, phenomenal linearity and a great dynamic range of > 127 dB.

On a board design level Nativ Wave perfect ensures signal integrity at all times, using pure copper tracings and keeping the signal path between the DAC and analog output as short as possible. All sound critical components are electrically and galvanically isolated, with additional shielding to reduce interference within the chassis to an absolute minimum.

Left and right channel are entirely separated, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, state-of-the-art Crystal oscillators and analog circuitry. This maximizes channel separation and virtually eliminates crosstalk. Experience your music with a level of detail and dynamics that will make your hair stand on end.

Sounds amazing. Looks the part.

The design of Nativ Wave is a refreshing alternative to the “synchronized” look of most USB DACs. We hand-built Nativ Wave in small production lots and only use exclusive materials, including premium-grade 7000 series aluminum with fine anodize finish, Japanese-made Asahi® glass and solid American wood.



  • Two built-in 2.7” OLED displays
  • iOS/Android apps1)
  • Capacitive touch sensor buttons for menu options and volume control
  • Infrared Remote Control

D/A conversion

  • Fully balanced Dual-Mono DAC design
  • Two 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DSD1792A DACs

Clock management

High-precision digital clocking system based on two ultra-low phase noise oscillators by Crystek and sophisticated data re-clocking.

Analog audio output


  • 1 pair balanced (XLR), 20 Ohm
  • 1 pair single-ended (RCA), 10 Ohm

Maximum Output Level

  • High:
    XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 15Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 7.5Vrms
  • Low:
    XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 4Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 2Vrms

Key specs

  • Dynamic Range: 127dB, A-weighted, AES17, 0dBFS, High output level, PCM Fs=44.1kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N): <0.0005%, 1kHz 0dBFS
  • Channel separation: >120dB, 1kHz 0dBFS

Headphone Amp & Output


  • 1x 6.35mm (1/4”), 2 Ohm
  • 1x balanced 4-pin female (XLR), 4 Ohm

Maximum Output Level

  • High:
    4-pin XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 15Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 7.5Vrms
  • Low:
    4-pin XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 4Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 2Vrms

Maximum Output Power

  • Unbalanced, 32-ohm load: 1750mW
  • Balanced, 300-ohm load: 750mW
  • Balanced, 600-ohm load: 375mW

Volume Control

  • Pure analog volume attenuator
  • Fully balanced: one stereo volume control chip per channel
  • Bit-perfect: absolutely no loss in resolution or dynamics