Zodiac+ Mastering DAC

Pristine sonic detail combined with professional features

Whether you are a sound engineer orchestrating delicate mix or mastering sessions, an audiophile searching for superior sound, or simply monitoring a DAW at 192kHz, Zodiac+ DAC is especially designed to cross-link these worlds and allow you to enter a new realm of detail and satisfaction with your musical creation or listening experience.

Zodiac+ D/A converter wipes the virtual dust from your monitor speakers, widening the picture and adding more details, revealing extra dimension in the spectrum of music.

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192 kHz mastering D/A converter

Zodiac+ is a high definition 192 kHz digital to analog converter created especially to suit the high demands of professional mastering engineers. The 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology and Antelope's Oven Clock employed in Zodiac+ DAC are the same the company uses in its pro audio equipment for clients such as Warner Brothers, Universal Audio and Sony Music.

Precise monitoring

The D/A converter provides an openness, transparency and depth that enable professionals to monitor their work with high precision. This allows them to make accurate and creative decisions while mixing. Zodiac+ DAC is equipped with de-jittered, re-clocked digital outputs, precision trim pots for balanced analog outs, and balanced & unbalanced analog inputs.

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    PROFESSIONAL FEATURES

    Added flexibility for the professional user makes for a distinctly powerful device: AES Input, fine trimmers on the balanced Outputs, mono button, mute select (soft & full), transparent analog Inputs, BNC word clock Input, 192kHz USB.

    SOURCE SWITCHING

    With a number of different inputs available, you can monitor many sources such as CD, Laptop, DAW or Mixers and Keyboards. Balanced and unbalanced inputs at both +4db and -10db allow tremendous flexibility, while auto detection of connected devices means source selection is simple and convenient.

    DE-JITTERED AUDIO OUTPUT

    Digital  Outputs on AES/EBU and S/PDIF offer all the benefits of Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking; so external devices gain significant sonic advantages when connected to Zodiac+.

    OVEN CONTROLLED CLOCK

    Often overlooked, the quality of the clock is extremely important when high quality audio is desired. The clock is housed in a shielded container where the temperature is kept constant, therefore bringing significant benefits to the detail, dynamics and stereo placement of the audio.

    64-BIT TECHNOLOGY

    Sophisticated 64-bit algorithms allow precise control over our Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and Jitter Management; two critical components to improve audio via clocking. The incoming digital signal is brought to life with this unique 64-bit technology, resulting in smooth and detailed audio whatever the method of digital connectivity.

    ANTELOPE PERFORMANCE USB

    Custom implementation of the USB chip leads to extreme audio performance and comprehensive support for your system. There are user selectable modes tailored to suit both Mac and PC; and with a data transfer rate of 480Mbits flawless audio is achieved with native drivers.

    SMOOTH HEADPHONES

    Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps deliver smooth sound at both high and low levels. Controlled by a dedicated volume knob.

    CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN

    To preserve the full bit resolution of the DAC, volume adjustment is entirely in the analog domain. Separate analog and digital power supplies eliminate digital cross-talk. This is further enhanced by keeping analog and digital circuits on separate PCB’s. These gold plated boards utilize large internal ground plains, canceling noise and voltage shifts.

    SOFTWARE CONTROL PANEL

    Zodiac Software Control Panel allows remote control of the DAC directly from the screen of your computer.  It is compatible with OS X, Windows and Linux and provides easy access to a number of additional features such as fast firmware update, peak meter, product registration and feedback form.

2x Headphone Outputs on 1/4” TRS
AES/EBU Digital Input
2x S/PDIF Coaxial Inputs
2x Optical TOSLINK Inputs
USB on mini B type connector
Word Clock Input on BNC
Balanced Analog Outputs on XLR
Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA
Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
De-jittered AES/EBU Output
De-jittered 2x S/PDIF Outputs

 

IN THE BOX

 

In The Box ZODIAC+ HD Mastering 192kHz D/A converter
Printed Documentation
DC Power supply
IEC Power cable
USB cable
Optical TOSLINK cable
Dimensions Width: 166 mm/6.5”
Height: 112 mm/4.4”
Depth: 193 mm/7.6”
Weight 1.9 kg/4.19 lb

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