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Gustard X16 MQA DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)

Gustard X16 MQA DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)

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GUSTARD DAC-X16 (2x ES9068AS) - Fully Balanced (Class A) MQA Capable DAC

* Fully unfold MQA files via S/PDIF with Bluesound Node & Node 2i!

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This DAC has shown great results ranking number 2 of all DACS ever tested by Amir from (Audioscience review)

 Functions and features:

1. Use two ESS company ES9068AS digital to analog conversion chips.
2. USB uses XMOS's xCORE-200 series 16 core XU216 processor, supports native DSD and 32 bit PCM.

3. Use 2 American ACCUSILICON femtosecond crystal oscillators as the global master clock.

4. The digital processing system uses Intel's ALTERA's large high speed CPLD logic array chip.

5. USB supports MQA full expansion decoding. C0AX/ AES/OPT/IIS supports MQA hardware rendering. Automatically recognize and render the MQA digital stream after the first level is expanded.

6. Highly recognizable white light OLED display,simple user interface, full-function remote control.

7. High-quality toroidal transformer, multiple sets of linear voltage regulators, and TI high-current ultra-low noise LDO chips used in key parts.

8. 0PA1612A high-performance operational amplifier composes analog circuit.

9. VISHAY MELF high-precision low-temperature drift resistance is used in the key part of the analog circuit part.

Product specifications

Sample rate supported by digital input channels:

C0AX:  PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz; DSD DOP64
AES:  PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz; DSD DOP64
OPT:  PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz; DSD DOP64
USB:  PCM 16-32bit/44.1-768kHz; DSD DOP64-DOP256; 
         NATIVE DSD: DSD64-DSD512
IIS:  PCM 16-32bit/44.1-768kHz; DSD DOP64-DOP256; 
       NATIVE DSD: DSD64-DSD512
BT Bluetooth 5.0:  PCM LDAC,AAC, SBC,APTX,APTX LL,APTX HD and other high frequency encoding,
                             LDAC can achieve 24B/96K high code transmission
* USB input supported operating system: WIN7 SP1/WIN8/WIN10 32-64bit; macOS; Linux

Analog output performance:

Amplitude frequency response:  20-20kHz/+-0.08dB
DNR: >126dB
Crosstalk: -130dB@1kHz
THD+N: <0.00010% 1kHz
IMD: <0.0004%@-1dBFs
RCA Output level: 2Vrms VOLUME 00dB)
Output impedance 100 ohms
XLR Output level: 4Vrms(VOLUME 00dB)
Output impedance 300 ohms

Other specifications:

AC Power supply: AC 115V/230V    50/ 60Hz
Power consumption:<15W
Weight: 2. 5Kg

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Faisal Ansari

Fantastic little unit this Gustard x16. Little but might in detail, clarity and soundstage. Aaron was a delight to deal with. It was missing the bluetooth dongle that was shipped express! couldn't be happier.

Martyn Mclean

My experience dealing with Aaron and the Gustard X16 has been an absolute joy. The X16 was quite the revelation I have had several DAC’s over the years but this little beauty was very appealing to my ears. From moment I plugged it in the detail was phenomenal I sat there with a smile on my face and knew I had made the right decision. My dealing with Aaron from Audiophile Store was short but pleasant he was very helpful and accommodating and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase from him in the future

Leon Huynh

The Gustard X16 was one of the best performing DACs on AudioScienceReview and the result is a DAC that really demonstrates that if you don't notice it then it's doing its job well.
Paired with a Topping A90, the result is a very clear representation of what the music is meant to be with nothing noticeable that is "colouring" my audio. For my use case that is very desirable and I was happy with the result.
This combined with the litany of features including MQA, Bluetooth connectivity and the like was an added bonus over other competitors in this price bracket. A definite recommendation from me.

Michael Scott

I've just connected the X 16 DAC to my system (comprising Audio Research valve amps, Sonus Faber speakers) and am amazed at the improvement in the CD sound and quality. Previously I've preferred the extra detail from SACDs, but now I'm once again enjoying my CD collection as the sound quality, detail & imaging seem even better than previously heard from SACD. The X 16 gives more detail, greater transparency, purity of sound, faster attack & longer decay, sounding more like the real thing than I've previously experienced from digital replay. I've got a pretty good idea of what it's supposed to sound like as I've sat in the middle of professional symphony orchestras for several decades as a solo woodwind player. To be able to produce this sound quality at the modest price of the X 16 is simply amazing - fantastic value for money!