The Italian Audio Analogue has its PureAA series expanded with the AAdac, so you can now build a nice set.
The PureAA series of Audio Analogue consists of the AAcento integrated amplifier and the AAphono preamplifier, where now the AAdac is added. It is a DAC based on a 32 bit / 768 kHz D / A converter, built around the well-known Sabre ES9038 chip. The maximum achievable quality in PCM is 32 bit / 392 kHz, while DSD512 is also possible. By the way, if you use this DAC in combination with Windows, drivers are necessary (can be found on the manufacturer’s site, of course). If you are using a Mac with macOS, no drivers are needed.
Can also be used as a preamplifier
The Audio Analogue AAdac has several digital inputs. To be precise: USB, 2 x coax and AES/EBU. We have also thought of Bluetooth with aptX for wireless streaming from, for example, your smartphone. A headphone output is also available. Thanks to seven digital filters and a volume control mode, the AAdac can also be used as a preamplifier, as the manufacturer informs you.
The digital and analog parts each have their own power supply, which is always pleasant. Moreover, the digital part is fully balanced. The price of the Audio Analogue AAdac is €3495. Available immediately in black or silver.