Lab12 DAC1 Special Edition review and test is coming up

8 x 16 bit love

Digital audio is no longer something that will luckily happen in future. It's an everyday reality. Everything within this domain changing so rapidly. Did this fast forward race brought us such an advancment in quality of digital reproduction as this speeds seems to promise?

Quick and brief answer might be yes. In general more exact elaboration would bring us to the question of real progress. Noumerous DAC's came and go through my hands, but so far only ones, that left some good/great impressions were in some way connected to the "old" tech and tubes. Along so called non oversampling design I put lot of my hopes into upcoming DSD 64, DSD 128 etc. We'll see how this trend will catch on, but along DSD Greek's Lab12 quest for the "right" sound is more then welcomed.

Stratos Vichos of Lab12 is sending dac1 Special Edition for a review soon. I really love the looks, and approach of this converter. For even more attraction there are colour customisation and SE features. It seems Stratos took a lot of time, passion with combining great material and know how to implemented the into dac1.

Whenever I see the Luxury car paint connected to high-end gear my blood boils. And if you want to boiled even further check out some specs of normal and SE version below. If I recall right Kondo san and Masaki San went with 16 x 16 bit DAC's in non oversampling mode. Stratos is working his way up with 8 x 16 bit. Now everything above mention combined got my full attention and curiosity. This must be a right path. Stay tuned for first impression and full review in due time


A handcrafted High-End Digital to Analog Converter (dac). Every component is designed to provide smooth and untreated sound. Pure analogue sound with non oversampling conversion by 8 matched parallel Phillips TDA1543 in sophisticated configuration and smooth output through Dual triode tube I/V stage. All components are carefully chosen after hours of listening and testing, while paying great attention to every detail affecting the final outcome (special audiophile power capacitors, dale/AB carbon resistors). Ultra solid construction with handcrafted finishing, exclusive automotive metal paint and retro analogue V/U meters. We encourage you to listen…

main features

8 x 16bit dacs in Non Oversampling mode
Triode tube I/V analog output stage
6 Separate Regulated Power Supplies
Dale 1% (digital stage) and AB carbon Resistors (analog stage)
Audiophile capacitors (Nichicon gold tune)
Gold plated RCA Teflon (input, output)
Analog retro VU meters
Metallic color finish (Lexus white, Porsche black)

features (special edition)

8 x 16bit dacs in Non Oversampling mode(matched)
Triode tube I/V analog output stage (Philips special quality 1960)
Jantzen Superior-z coupling capacitors
6 Separate Regulated Power Supplies
Dale 1% (digital stage) and AB carbon Resistors (analog stage)
High Capacity Audiophile capacitors (Nichicon gold tune)
WIMA dacs' bypass capacitors
Better vibration isolated chassis
Heavy aluminum feet or ebony wood cones
Gold plated RCA Teflon (input, output)
Analog retro VU meters
Metallic color finish (Lexus white, Porsche black, custom colors)


Power : 230/240 Vac 50Hz
Power consumption: 20 watt max
Inputs: 1xSPDIF (Coaxial RCA), 1xUSB2
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20 KHz +0dB/-1dB
Output level: 1.90V RMS
THD: < 0.2%
Input: 24 bit/96 KHz
Dimension (WxHxD): 29cm x 11cm x 43cm
Weight: 5 Kg

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