New Rupert Neve's Fidelice The Precision DAC


Studio sound comes home. Rupert Neve is introducing Fidelice: a new line of hi-fi products from Rupert Neve Designs. "A new digital standard from the master of analog. With over five decades of experience producing equipment for the world’s finest studios and concert halls, Rupert Neve is revered by the world’s recording engineers and producers as the number one name in high-quality audio. Now, Rupert’s fifty-plus years of experience and engineering have been distilled into the superlative core of your home listening system: The Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter."

GREAT SOUND STARTS & ENDS IN ANALOG

As in the professional recording environment, analog signal quality is paramount to the listener’s experience, and Rupert Neve’s analog circuit designs have a pedigree of preternatural musicality and clarity. The Precision DAC is built around pure Class-A topologies, with transformer balanced XLR outputs similar to those found in Rupert Neve’s classic studio designs: just as they are crucial to perfecting the art of musical recording, these circuits are also the key to the Precision DAC’s stunning playback resolution, and to its ability to produce a soundstage with visceral realism and unparalleled depth.


THE NEW STANDARD IN DIGITAL ACCURACY

The Precision DAC will resolve every last bit of nuance in your music collection. In DSD mode, the DAC is capable of operating at the highest available standard of DSD512 (22.4MHz). In PCM mode the the DAC is capable of reproducing 24-bit, 384 kHz files. Pristine clocking with the top-of-the-line AKM converter chips and highly customized integration make the precision DAC a true reference level product. The RN-DAC’s rear panel also features digital filter sets to further adapt the sound for any system. 


THE REFERENCE HEADPHONE AMP

The headphone amp in the precision DAC elevates the award-winning RNHP design with the inclusion of XLR balanced and Pentaconn balanced connections in addition to the 1/4” unbalanced output. The Headphone amp also features a high gain switch to drive the most difficult to power headphones - this is pure headphone audio at its finest.

THE SPECIFICATIONS

While listening tests are always the final arbiter for all of our designs, the Precision DAC also delivers truly world-class technical specifications in addition to its stunning sound quality. From the unbalanced input to the unbalanced output, the THD+N @1kHz is a vanishingly low .0003%, with noise at -109dBV (22Hz-22kHz) and frequency response of better than +/- .1dB from 5Hz to 112kHz. Even from the RN-DAC’s balanced input to transformer balanced output, THD+N @1kHz remains better than .0005%, with noise at -101.2dBV (22Hz-22kHz).  


SPECIFICATIONS

CONNECTIONS

Analog Inputs: XLR Balanced, RCA unbalanced
(+4 /-10dB operating levels switchable on the front panel)

Digital Inputs: Coax S/PDIF, Optical S/PDIF, USB (Mac / PC / iOS / Android)

Analog Outputs:  XLR balanced (fixed or variable), RCA unbalanced (fixed or variable)

Headphone Outputs: TRS unbalanced, 4-pin XLR balanced, Pentaconn balanced

Firmware Update: Micro USB

Balanced XLR Input to Balanced XLR Output (FIXED Volume)
Source Z = 40 Ω Balanced with 30 ft Output XLR

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
Output Impedance: 40 Ω
Maximum Input Level (+4dBu Selected): +21.3 dBV
Maximum Output Level: +21.3 dBV
Noise @ FIXED Volume (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -101.2 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 116 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0005% typical

Unbalanced RCA Input to Unbalanced RCA Output (2V RMS Redbook)
Source Z = 470 Ω Unbalanced

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
Output Impedance: 33 Ω
Maximum Input Level: +19.2 dBV
Maximum Output Level: +19.2 dBV
Noise @ FIXED Volume (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -109 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 112 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0003% typical

Balanced Input to Unbalanced Headphone Output
Source Z = 40 Ω Balanced

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
Output Impedance: 0.01 Ω
Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -98.2 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 200 kHz): +/- 0.2 dB typical
THD+N (1W into 36 Ω Load @1 kHz): 0.003% typical
THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @ 1 kHz): 0.006% typical

DIGITAL PATH SPECIFICATIONS

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Balanced XLR Output 
(FIXED Volume)
192 kHz SR with Slow Roll-Off Filter

Noise (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -96.2 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 23 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical
THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0004% typical

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Balanced Headphone Output
192 kHz SR with Slow Roll-Off Filter

Output Impedance: 0.02 Ω
Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -89.2 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical
THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @1 kHz): 0.008% typical
Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Unbalanced RCA Output
(FIXED Volume)
192 kHz SR with Slow Roll-Off Filter

Noise (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -107 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical
THD+N (@1 kHz): 0.0004% typical

Coaxial S/PDIF Input to Unbalanced Headphone Output
192 kHz SR with Slow Roll-Off Filter

Output Impedance: 0.01 Ω
Noise @ Max Volume (10 Hz - 22 kHz BW): -95.2 dBV typical
Frequency Response (5 Hz to 20 kHz): +/- 0.1 dB typical
Passband (0.5 Hz to 90 kHz): -3dB typical
THD+N (1W into 16 Ω Minimum Load @1 kHz): 0.006% typical

AC POWER CONSUMPTION

45W Max

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