The UltiDAC is Low Noise and Low Distortion Digital-to-Analog Converter.
It has 6 Inputs with coaxial S/PDIF connectors and one optical Input
All Inputs are galvanic isolated from the chassis ground by a torroid
For highest performance even with jitter in the received clock(s) there
is a sample rate converter, capable of converts incoming samplerates
from approx. 60 kHz down to approx 20kHz to one stable 48kHz
Masterclock. Therefore jitter doesn't affect the performance. See also
the jitter measurements for this detail !
The digital Audio and it's clocks are transfered to a PCM1796 DAC from
BurrBrown/TI, one of the best Audio DAC's at this time.
The DAC's outputs are differential current sources and therefore there
is an I->U converter stage in wich the 1st order lowpass filter is
The differential to single ended conversion and a 2nd order low pass is
done by two OPA627 Operational amplifiers.
The higher noise of it's inputs doesn't affect the output level much,
because the voltage level at the inputs of this instrumentation
amplifier is high enough.
The Ground reference of this stage is the output GND !
The UltiDAC is controlled by a MEGA128 AVR processor.
It handles a 1x16 LCD (with blue backlight!), 3 keys on the frontplate
and a IR receiving unit.
You can select one of the 7 inputs, setting the output Volume in 0.5dB
steps and (!) viewing the current digital input Level as bargraph
with 20 Segments (!) and as peak Level in dB.
Especially for the bargraph a special LCD was made and is downloaded in
the "free" 8 positions of the LCD controller.
The Display backlight intensity is regulated by a PWM-Stage in the AVR
For low power losses in the Power Supply the +5V and the +3.3V are
regulated by a stepdown Converter.
Keep in mind, that there are only approx. 40mm of height over all in
this case !
All measurements are made with an Audio Precision SystemTwo and can be
(Click on pictures to see detail)