Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

A DSD256 DAC that sets a new standard in D/A conversion

The Zodiac Platinum DSD D/A converter takes audio to a new level, offering the audiophile community the most comprehensive, top-end DSD and PCM sample rate support, and most uncompromising quality available in a DAC, complete with 2nd generation Voltikus PSU and a 10 Mhz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock.

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The widest DSD and PCM Support

The Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC supports up to DSD128 (Double-DSD) and 384kHz, 24-bit streaming to a custom-designed, ultra-low jitter USB connection, as well as AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK PCM support.

 

The DSD features include a unique 256X upsampling mode where DSD64 and DSD128 are upsampled to DSD256, thereby releasing the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics.

The unit compliments the high-resolution PCM inputs with switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA and Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.

 

Signature Antelope clocking

The foundation of the Zodiac Platinum is the renowned 64-bit, Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which stand as a guarantee of unprecedented sound quality - used by the best recording, mastering, and post production studios around the world.

 

In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference, and uncompromising digital to analog conversion.

Distinctive pedigree
and highly evolved technology

Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual-stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful predecessor, the Zodiac Gold. It also comes with supplied with the 2nd Generation Voltikus external audiophile grade power supply and an elegant remote control.

 

Free PC, Mac, and mobile control software is available for total control of the Zodiac.

 

Learn more about PCM, DSD upsampling and Quad DAC architecture.

   

Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD

    WIDEST DSD SUPPORT

    Support for DSD64, DSD128, via USB (DoP) and a unique DSD upsampling mode to DSD256.

    HIGHEST SAMPLE RATES

    An Antelope-designed custom USB chip offers ultra-low jitter and streaming support for up to DSD128 and 384kHz PCM – four times higher than similar devices.

    DSD Upsampling

    The unique DSD upsampling mode from DSD64 and DSD128 to DSD256 takes advantage of lower-order modulators and gentler noise reduction filters for the purest possible reproduction... All the detail that DSD is capable of.

    Direct-To-Analog DSD conversion

    The Zodiac Platinum converts DSD directly to analog for optimum performance – it does not convert to PCM then on to Analog as others do.

    FPGA PCM Upsampling

    For natural detail and stunning stereo imaging even in PCM mode, switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)

    Quad DAC architecture

    Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.

    Acoustically Focused Clocking technology

    Antelope AFC with 64-bit DSP, backed by an ultra-low jitter, oven-controlled crystal oscillator for detailed and focused sound.

    Precision Relay Control

    Fast, quiet, precise, and dedicated stepped relay attenuators for left and right outputs – accurate to 0.05dB. Relay-based Input and output trims with front panel control.

    Dual, variable impedance headphone outputs

    Headphone outputs are relay-based, fed by dual-stage drivers with impedance control.

    New Voltikus PSU Included

    Antelope's 2nd generation, triple regulated power supply with integrated power line filtering, new high-performance power cable, and precision locking power connection.

    Atomic Clock Input

    Direct connection for the 10M – Antelope's 10MHz Rubidium atomic master clock for the ultimate reference, ultimate quality, and ultimate imaging.

    Zodiac Control Panel

    Control application for Mac, PC, Linux and mobile platforms gives full access to Zodiac functionality.

    Auto-update

    Automatic, internet-based device updates

    Aluminum IR remote

    Main volume, headphone volume

     

     

2x 1/4" TRS headphone outputs
Balanced, trimmable analogue XLR left/right outputs
Unbalanced, trimmable analogue RCA left/right outputs
Balanced, trimmable analogue 1/4" TRS left/right inputs
Unbalanced, trimmable analogue RCA left/right inputs
AES/EBU digital input (PCM up to 192kHz, 24-bit)
2x S/PDIF Coaxial inputs (PCM up to 192kHz, 24-bit)
2x optical TOSLINK inputs (PCM up to 192kHz, 24-bit)
USB - standard B-type connector (Up to DSD128, PCM 384kHz, 24-bit)
10Mhz Atomic clock / word clock BNC input
De-jittered AES/EBU output (PCM up to 192kHz, 24-bit)
2x de-jittered S/PDIF Coaxial outputs (PCM up to 192kHz, 24-bit)
Zodiac Platinum User Manual
Zodiac Platinum Brochure
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for Windows (v. 1.00, Dec. 11, 2013)
Zodiac Platinum DAC control panel for MAC (v. 1.00, Dec. 11, 2013)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Debian 7.3: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Fedora 20: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Ubuntu 13.10: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Arch: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC ASIO driver for Windows (v. 2.20, Mar. 18, 2014)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Audio driver for OS X (v. 2.09, Feb. 11, 2014)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Mobile Control Panel for Android OS (iOS coming soon)
Zodiac Platinum Mobile Control
In The Box Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC 
Voltikus Audiophile grade PSU 
Remote Control 
Printed Documentation 
USB cable 
Optical TOSLINK cable;
High-performance DC Power cable 
IEC Power cable
Dimensions Width: 166 mm/6.5”
Height: 112 mm/4.4”
Depth: 193 mm/7.6”"
Weight of bundle 5.7 kg/12.5 lb

Zodiac Platinum Connectivity Chart