Fundamentally the new DAC 8 DSD is capable of doing everything necessary to convert every form of digital source into analogue signals at the very highest quality, including DSD right up to the highest possible resolution. T+A have again further improved the unit’s outstanding pre-amplifier, and incorporated a volume control of fully analogue construction based on High-End Melf resistors. The “State of the Art” output stage is of fully symmetrical design and discrete construction. Its impedance is very low, and it is equipped with symmetrical (XLR) and asymmetrical (RCA) outputs. These features make the DAC 8 DSD more than just a High-End converter: it is also a High-End pre-amplifier of supreme quality.
The seriousness of T+A’s claim that the DAC 8 DSD is one of the world’s finest high-end converters can be judged by the fact that they employ two separate, sophisticated mains power supplies for the analogue and digital sections. A volume control is another unusual feature in a DAC, but it makes good sense if the user wishes to install active loudspeakers, or employ the DAC 8 DSD as a pre-amplifier in conjunction with external power amplifiers. The volume control is of highly refined design, and exploits analogue control elements down to low volumes, as they avoid any loss of dynamic quality even at low listening levels. Two gold-contact relays are provided to by-pass the volume control, i.e. it can be removed entirely from the signal path when not required. Particular emphasis was placed on the development of a very good headphone amplifier with the ability to handle high currents. This further widens the practical applications of the DAC 8 DSD.
In order to take full advantage of the enormous sound quality of the DAC 8 DSD, an extremely good amplifier is required, which is uncompromisingly constructed and equipped. This is why the AMP 8 is based on the circuit and design technology of our HV and R-series amplifiers. The design is fully symmetrical and the output stages are equipped with high-performance ThermalTrakTM audio transistors. A cleverly programmed micro-processor monitors the AMP 8 and controls the protection circuit, which switches off the output relay in case of a short circuit, overheat and overload.
One must not be deceived by the small housing size, the AMP 8 can deliver due to its extremely stable power supply more than 100 watts of continuous output power in the highest quality. The slow-running cooling fan is silent, and is controlled by the micro-processor according to load and temperature. The AMP 8 sounds sensational: vigorous, dynamic, high-resolution yet delicate, subtle and audiophile. The combination of DAC 8 and AMP 8 sets new standards far beyond its price class.