NAD Pumps Up Digital Music with the DAC 1
The wireless audio USB digital-to-analog converter is affordable and easy to use.
September 08, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

With so much music amassed on your computer, it’s inevitable that you’ll want to share it with that larger (and better sounding) AV setup. NAD has an easy solution in the DAC 1 digital-to-analog converter.

NAD says that the DAC 1 can transmit uncompressed 16/48 music—and quite easily, too. Designed to work with a PC or Mac, the included transmitter plugs right into your computer’s USB port. From there, it acts as a sound card, and can digitally transmit audio to your larger audio system.

Measuring a mere 5.3-by-1.38-by-2.75 inches and weighing less than a pound, the DAC 1 doesn’t take up too much of that precious office workspace, even if it’s located in a remote part of the house. NAD says that the DAC 1 boasts a range up to 120 feet, but can be expected to reach 75 feet in a typical home

“With NAD, sound quality is always paramount so in the DAC 1, we used a Burr-Brown 24/192 DAC and OPAmps,” says Greg Stidsen, NAD’s director of technology and product planning. “A coax digital output is also included for downstream digital processing. The DAC 1 is a simple solution that will satisfy music lovers who want digital audio from their computer yet with a quality hi-fi experience.”

NAD expects the DAC 1 to ship later this month, with an MSRP of $300.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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