Streaming DACs. Consider me a fan as I’m not a fan of trying to find a streamer that a) sounds good, b) includes all of the digital outputs I might need.
France’s B.audio has released a spate of new products including the B.dac one EX (8590 €) and B.dac EX (13200 €) which add streaming and room correction capabilities to their B.dac lineup.
The new EX B.dacs support UPnP, MPD, LMS, NAA, Roon, Airplay, and Spotify Connect as well as Qobuz and Tidal streaming. PCM resolutions up to 384kHz and DSD up to DSD 256 are also part of the B.dac package. The onboard DSP features parametric acoustic correction so owners can shape the sound to fit their room. Digital inputs consist of Ethernet, AES, USB, 2x Toslink, and 2x Coax.
Every B.dac features the company’s patented Source Jitter Removal (SJR) technology which is claimed to effectively eliminates 100% of the source jitter. The company also developed their own DSP-based linear phase filter to reduce pre-ringing artifacts and preserve transient response.
B.audio also offers the B.dpr EX (16900 €) which adds a preamplification stage to the B.dac EX.
The the B.dpr EX adds 3 analog inputs (1x XLR, 3x RCA) to the B.dac’s digital inputs. Single-ended RCA and balanced XLRs output the analog signal to your amp of choice.
The B.dac EXs will be available as of February 1, 2021.
Company Website: B.audio