Clarus’ New CODA USB-DAC/Headphone Amplifier

The world of tiny DACs is growing.

The new Clarus CODA DAC employs the ESS Professional Series SABRE® DAC for D to A conversion and processes PCM data up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD to DSD128. The CODA also decodes MQA so Tidal HiFi subscribers can enjoy the complete MQA unfold along with MQA’s proprietary filters which are implemented in the CODA.

The flash-drive-sized CODA features two 64-step volume control buttons on the unit’s side. Users can also use these same buttons to choose between three digital roll-off filters to taste while a tiny LED lights up different colors depending on the incoming data — Blue for standard definition, Green for high definition, and Magenta for MQA.

From the Company:

The heart of the Clarus CODA is a New Legendary ESS Professional Series SABRE® DAC audio converter with Hyperstream® II modulation that provides previously unheard-of improved sound stage and clarity. QUAD DACTM Technology delivers superb 124dB DNR and -112dB THD+N for the ultimate in sound quality with a stable sound field. The low-power USB controller supports USB 1.1 and 2.0 and can natively handle 32-bit 384 kHz PCM and DSD up to 5.6MHz. The CODA’s class G headphone amplifier provides class AB performance with ultra-low power consumption optimized for mobile use. The 2.0Vrms output voltage will provide plenty of power for the most demanding headphones and class G ensures it won’t drain your battery.

Roon implementation is in the works as is a software update that will allow users to disable those volume buttons so you don’t accidentally butt-volume those controls.

The Clarus CODA comes in at $300 and ships on December 1st, 2020.

Company Website: Clarus Cable