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Designed from inception to become a class-leading Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC), the DAC80 simply extracts every last nuance and detail from your digital music collection. Destined to become the cornerstone of your high-end audio system with three different digital connectivity options and the capability to connect four devices concurrently, the DAC80 is an audiophile’s digital music hub.
The DAC80 supports virtually all digital file formats including the very highest quality 192kHz/24-bit PCM studio master or lossless quality music files stored on your computer. Standard resolution digital devices like your TV and games console will benefit from extra detail, depth and clarity.
At the heart of the DAC80 lies an audio grade toroidal transformer that provides ultra-stable and low noise power to the audio boards, The first of which is its digital input stage, which operates in an asynchronous mode independent of any timing errors associated with the incoming digital audio stream. By synchronizing the incoming data to an internally referenced timing signal generated by an exceptionally stable circuit, the re-clocking circuit’s accuracy is such that any negative timing errors (jitter) are reduced to near theoretical limits. The 24-bit, 192kHz DAC stage then accurately converts the digital audio data back to an analogue signal at its native sampling rate. No up-sampling or other questionable data manipulation is ever employed maintaining the purity of your music – just as the artist intended.
Next is the DAC80’s digital 32-bit volume control which offers extremely precise channel tracking. Unlike more common digital volume controls operating at 16 or 24-bits, the 32-bit dynamic range of the DAC80's volume control avoids any loss of low-level resolution.
Finally, there is an analogue buffer preamp stage of "minimalist" design that offers a signal path approaching a "straight wire with gain" level of performance. Combined with top quality parts and a full 2.0Vrms signal level at the RCA outputs, the preamp section of the DAC80 ensures that only the purest of analogue music signals will ever be presented to your preamplifier.
“If I want to grab a DAC foor myself then this is a low-cost DAC that I would plump for. It offers a neat sense of styling and all of the essential features for the price. It’s an unprepossessing little box but the NuForce DAC80 offers a surprisingly good sonic response. It does this without fuss and without fireworks but, at this price point, that can be a blessed relief.”
“It’s an unprepossessing little box but the NuForce DAC80 offers a surprisingly good sonic response. It does this without fuss and without fireworks but, at this price point, that can be a blessed relief.”
“Providing a balanced sound with a democratic outlook, suiting all musical genres, the DAC80 provides digital music with a touch of sonic style.”
“It never huffed and puffed and made you feel bad that you’ve spent £500 instead of £3k on a DAC, as some designs do. On the contrary, the DAC80 had a rather expensive air to the sound. Everything was neat, tidy and in its place.”
Overall grade: Top class, very good
“The combination of DAC and pre amp is practical, as you have killed two birds with one stone. But to find the suitable amp can be more complicated. NuForce offers two correctly matched systems which saves you the hassle of research.”
“Technically and sonically NuForce delivers a really nice team here. High resolution processing of various digital sources, combined with a good performance of the amp.”
Winner of the 2016 the absolute sound Editor´s Choice Awards:
"One thousand to twelve hundred dollars seems to be a price that many manufacturers are aiming at with their latest high-performance USB enabled DACs. NuForce’s entry at this hotly contested price point delivers excellent sound combined with a useful feature set, making it one of the products that should be on anyone’s short list…”
“Small device for big sound - With the digital analog converter Nuforce DAC80 and the class-D amp STA120 Optoma has succeeded in developing an audiophile symbioses. These units fit well together thanks to the space-saving format and discrete design. In terms of sound reproduction, the examines persuade with great passion on detail and most transparent playback of different resolution, no matter how high/low the volume is set thanks to the 32-bit rotary. Both devices represent a worthwhile purchase.”
“The DAC is one of those rare digital devices that is not bright sounding, but more importantly, doesn’t overcompensate by sounding too dark, bland, or dreary. This makes it a very natural-sounding digital device, at a price where such things are all too rare.”
“in real life the DAC sounds great. And the power amplifier is easy to love, too. Despite those caveats, all in all, this is a great digital combination at a keen price!”
With the combination of DAC80 and STA120 NuForce provides a contemporary interpretation of modern HiFi. Those who are looking for space-saving model with minimalist design and with high tonal level, they will find their luck with the NuForce.
The combination works finest details effortlessly with high transparency and luminosity.
The NuForce subjects play the mid ton impressively neutral and the bass tone powerfully, straight and punchy, thereby the voice of Kurt Wagner wonderful sonorous and earthy warm.
DAC80 was given 8.23/10 and a HiFi Pig’s Recommended award.
“The DAC80 is a simple to operate unit and looks worth the price tag.
“The two (DAC80 and HA200) just worked so well in tandem with the extremely wide frequency band of the headphone amp allowing the DAC to breathe musicality”
“NuForce’s entry at this hotly contested price point delivers excellent sound combined with a useful feature set, making it one of the products that should be on anyone’s short list if he’s in the market for an under-$1200 USB DAC/pre.”