Parasound Expands Z Series with new DAC
The Parasound Z Series Zdac digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is now available at a MSRP of $475.
A few years ago when audiophiles were discovering the potential of computers as audio source devices the market’s interest in DAC products led to a new generation of solutions that can be connected to everything from CD players (used as transports) and gaming consoles, to computers and other digital audio products. Recently Parasound expanded its compact and price friendly Z Series of components when it announced the latest DAC to hit the market, the new Zdac.
Parasound says the half-rack size Zdac can be be used for desktop audio applications for connections with computers and digital audio products from companies like Sonos, and it can also be rack mounted with other Z Series products to form a complete and diverse audio system. “The Parasound Zdac brings digital-to-analog [DAC] technology to an entirely higher level of performance at a price comparable to many conventional aftermarket DACs,” says Richard Schram, president of Parasound. “The Zdac is an ideal upgrade for many components such as digital media players with less-than-optimal on-board DACs or computer audio, TV audio, CD or other player with digital outputs. It is rugged, reliable and easy to hook up. Once it is up and running there is little to do by enjoy the music.”
The San Francisco-based manufacturer points out the Zdac employs advanced anti-jitter technologies to reduce timing errors and digital noise to preserve the quality of a connected device’s audio data stream. Parasound adds the product is compatible with digital audio files as high as 24-bit/192kHz via the optical and S/PDIF inputs, and 96kHz from the USB input. Those signals are then reclocked and upsampled to 422kHz sample rates, and a built-in power supply that utilizes a toridial transformer is used to ensure clean and consistent power.
Other user features include a headphone output and a dedicated volume control for use with the headphone output, and the company offers the product in black with rack mounting ear tabs and in a silver finish without the mounting tabs.