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High-Resolution Headphone DSD DAC and Amplifier

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NuForce UDAC5
USB DSD (Digital Stream Digital) DAC
The NuForce uDAC 5

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DSD files generate a wider range of sound than CDs so you hear more of the detail. The uDAC5 is designed to play the most complex and demanding DSD256 format. This elevates the quality of any computer sourced audio files, adding weight and speed to the bass, clarity and substance to midrange tones and openness and extension to the highs.

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Greater power

The circuitry of the uDAC5 offers twice the power and nearly twice the current reserves of its predecessor. Music lovers can now connect their over-ear headphones while playing their favourite conventional or high resolution music.

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More flexible

The uDAC5 offers unrivalled flexibility. It generates superior sound whether it is being used as a high resolution desktop audio controller, USB DSD DAC or a headphone amp. Additional analogue and digital outputs enables instant high resolution connection to amplifiers and active speakers.

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At home and on the move

Small enough to fit in your pocket, the uDAC5 is the ideal audio companion for use on the move or at home. The ultra-portable DAC offers ease of use and connection for professionals and music lovers on-the-go.



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General Features:

  • NuForce UDAC 5 High-Resolution Headphone DSD DAC and Amplifier
  • Play the highest resolution formats up to DSD256ESS
  • SABRE Hyperstream DAC for the best file conversion
  • Optimized for use with in-ear and some over-ear headphones
  • Can be used as both high grade DSD DAC as well as high resolution headphone amp
  • USB-powered, no external power supply required
  • Rotary volume control knob for fine tuning of volume
  • 16/24 Bit resolution for playback of Hi-Res music files
  • Dimensions: 2.67"W x 1.77"D x 0.82"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Power output: 2.0Vrms
  • Output impedance: RCA 100ohm, Headphone 4.7 Ohm
  • Maximum sampling rate: 384kHz PCM DSD256
  • Bit resolution: 16/24
  • Signal to noise ratio: 112dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%
  • Power supply: USB Bus Powered, 1A/5V
  • Power consumption: 2W
  • Volume control: Rotary
  • USB sampling rates: PCM 192,352.8,384KHz and DSD 2.8,5.6,11.2MHz.
  • Connections input: USB-B
  • Connections output: 3.5mm jack RCA L+R Digital coax

What's in the Box?

  • NuForce UDAC 5
  • USB A-USB B cable
  • Basic user's manual
  • Safety booklet

Headphone Amplifier Specifications

Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
A Digital-to-Analog converter (also known as a DAC) converts a digital audio signal into an analog signal. This is especially helpful for listen to music from digital sources, such as iPods and smart phones.
Built-in
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.01%
Input Connection
This is the manner in which the headphone amplifiers receive an input audio signal.
Coaxial and Optical
Output Impedance
This is the output impedance of the headphone amplifier.
4.7 ohms
Power Requirement
This is the required way to give the unit power. Common power sources are 120V AC (Common house plugs), batteries, or a combination of the two. If the headphone amplifier uses batteries, this will list the type of batteries that are required. Please refer to the description to find out how many are required for the unit to be properly powered.
USB
Width
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
2.67"
Height
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
.082"
Depth
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
1.77"
Amplifier Style
Some headphone amplifiers are designed to be portable and others are meant to be placed on a desk. This will tell you what style of amplifier this item is.
Portable

DAC Specifications

Power Requirement
This is the required way to give the unit power. Common power sources are 120V AC (Common house plugs), batteries, or a combination of the two. If the headphone amplifier uses batteries, this will list the type of batteries that are required. Please refer to the description to find out how many are required for the unit to be properly powered.
USB
Output Impedance
This is the amount of impedance that the microphone allows.
4.7 ohms
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.01%
Line Level Outputs
The type of analog line level outputs the DAC features.
Pair of RCA Outputs
Sample Rate
24-bit at 384 kHz

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
25%
4 Star
75%
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
4.0
Features
4.0
Design
5.0
Usability
5.0
Gershan

Northridge, CA

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HEM8 & UDAC5

August 18, 2016

Nuforce uDAC5

Look: Slick, also aesthetic and not as bulky as other DACs. Also, it’s not that heavy, convenient for when you carry your laptop around and need to carry this as well.

Sound: The amplifier really does make a difference. I had gotten so used to the computer sound which is not bad, but clearly lacks on the lows and some mids. The bass is clearly brought forward, as w/o a DAC, sound tends to get muddy or lost in the background. My only complaint, and not directly against the amplifier, is that computers are not built with exceptional sound and having to resort to an external DAC to help you out. Sometimes it does get annoying having the DAC connected as it may get in the way when connecting flash drives, which I use often. And although small, it does take up some space on my table, which is critical, considering my table has a small area for the computer. I guess I like my sound so much I’m willing to deal with these inconveniences.

Nuforce HEM8

Look: Very aesthetic. Straight from the box you can tell Nuforce took its time in designing and ensuring 1st customer experience is a positive one. Can't go wrong with black, as it goes with everything. In regards to the cables, I can see an average listener preferring the smooth one, but both braided and smooth cables are nice to use. Just wish the braided one had sound control capabilities (e.g. Play/Pause, Answer/Disconnect calls, etc.) but something really minor there. Don't know if they have these headphones in different colors, but I think that would definitely give the consumer an appealing option of customizing on an investment (you have to remember these go at about $500 retail). Other musicians have complemented me on the look of these


Fit: fit is awesome, definitely like the assorted choice of different bud material and sizes, after altering with a few combos, definitely found the right one for me. Cable hangs well both from the back and the front, depending on user preference, only thing with my experience is that the left ear cable, the part that goes around your ear, has a hard time staying in place. Right side is no problem. Only way I've gotten around this is by adjusting the clear plastic thing holds both sides of the cable when it splits for each ear, all the way up. Maybe it's my ears? Just something minor as well.


Sound: Considering they are balanced driver in-ears, they are not as "bassy" as dynamic driver in-ears. Don't get me wrong, the bass sounds beautiful. But it is not empowering, as perhaps some users may like. I am one of those that likes the bass empowering, but I admit that a balanced sound sounds so crisp and beautiful with these. After a few months with these, I can tell the difference in quality compared to your average headphones. You can clearly hear all the small details artists intentionally record that sometimes get lost with less-quality sounding headphones. I’ve even heard when artists inadvertently take a deep breathe or lick their lips (Yes, that clear lol). Fellow musicians have stated they can instantly perceive the difference in quality compared to their in-ears. I’ve enjoyed using these in-ears for both leisure and when performing, and you really can’t complain. If you’re in the market for balanced driver in-ears, these are definitely worth considering.

I used this setup with Hip-Hop, Pop Rock, Dubstep, Bossa Nova, Classical, Flamenco, Merengue, and Jazz. I like how different and clear the bass sounds with Bossa Nova; before the bass was perceived but the notes were not really distinct.The lows are super clear, whereas with no amplifier and cheaper headphones, they sometimes get lost. I like how the sound is kept in sync when e.g. an artist does a falsetto or a guitar does a riff on the high end of the neck. The sound is not flimsy or too high-pitched unlike when other headphones are being used. Don’t get me started when the bass plays a solo. Notes played on the low end of the neck don’t get lost; they sound explicitly clear

Conclusion

After using these for some time now, it would be hard to go back to cheaper setup. I would hate not to have these headphones and amplifier in my life anymore, that’s how important they’ve become in my daily usage, whether commuting, at work, or when performing.

I won these in a contest. I wrote this review without being asked or enticed to do so.

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Carl

Michigan

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Nice

June 24, 2016

The uDac5 is the perfect size for carrying around. It also has loads of functionally including DSD 256 playback. Having RCA outputs on the rear is a plus because it allows me to connect it to an external headphone amp for my more demanding headphones. Sadly I wish the RCA output level was fixed instead of being controlled by the volume knob. I went through my music collection the uDac5 pairs nicely with the HEM2s. The dac and the earphones are a nice addition to the rest of my existing gear.

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Michelle

Newton, NC

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Solid

May 27, 2016

When using on my earbuds I didn't notice any difference except that it had a lot more power. When I use on my over ear headphones it makes a significant difference in sound quality. I don't have any hi-res music just spotify, apple music and youtube music but it sounds better than what my computer can do. Hopefully I get a chance to hear some hi-res music to see the difference.

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Dong Shin

Portland

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Better than the old uDac

May 19, 2016

I purchases this and the Apogee Groove to replace my old udac. The new one looks pretty much the same. Improves sound better than the older unit but I haven't tried with 24bit files yet so I'm sure it may get even better. I bought both amps to compare and return the one lesser. They sound identical but I kept this one because I like the rotary volume control; I like that you can turn it off so you don't get surprized when you plug it in while having your earphones on and music playing. Solid buy

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

uDAC 5

UPC

796435301521

Weight

1.01lbs

Internal SKU

udac5

Internal Product ID

112521

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