In Barn for Review: Denafrips TERMINATOR II DAC

The Denafrips TERMINATOR II is a discrete resistor ladder DAC offering 26-bit PCM processing and 6-bit for DSD with 32-step FIR filters.

Denafrips is batting two for two so far this year with their entry level ARES II DAC (review) and next step up the line PONTUS II (review) with both DACs landing on my Favorite DAC List.

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The TERMINATOR II comes at things from the other end of the lineup, being the next DAC down from the flagship TERMINATOR-PLUS ($6420). All of the Denafrips DACs share the same basic R2R architecture but as we move up the line, parts quality improves along with parts count, as in the number of resistor ladders used for D/A conversion. The TERMINATOR houses over 1,000 0.005% high precision low thermal effect precision resistors. We also find FIFO buffered and reclocked inputs by the Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators OCXO clocks to clean up digital transmission.

Hiding under the thick aluminum covers are a beefy linear power supply and beefy dual O-Core Transformers for the digital and analog sections in an effort to reduce internal noise. Like the PONTUS II, the TERMINATOR II adds I2S inputs (1x HDMI, 2x RJ45) which I’ll make good use of with the Denafrips IRIS DDC (review).

The TERMINATOR II weighs in at over 40 lbs. which is beefy for a DAC. I look forward to listening.

Price: $4427.28


Description Parameters
R-2R DAC Proprietary R2R + DSD Architecture
True balanced 26BIT  R2R +  6BIT DSD (32 steps FIR Filters)
Matched Precision Thin Film 0.005% R-2R Network Arrays
Highlight Encapsulated Ultra Low Noise Power Supply
High Precision Oven Controlled Crystals OCXO
Total isolation of Digital and R-2R Boards
Adaptive FIFO Buffer and Reclocking
DSD1024, PCM1536 Supports On USB & I²S Input
Proprietary USB Audio Solution via STM32F446 Advanced AMR Based MCU
Licensed Thesycon USB Driver For Windows Platform
Driverless On Mac & Linux
Dual AES/EBU Input Supports
Sharp/Slow Filters Option
I²S Pinout Configuration
I²S DSD Channel Swap Configuration
DSD DSD64 (DoP) on Coax/AES/Opt Input
DSD1024* On USB & I²S Input Only
PCM 24bits / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192KHz On All Input
1536kHz* On USB & I²S Input
NOTE* USB Firmware V3.4.1 – PCM1536 / DSD1024 supports disabled for compatibility with macOS
Digital Input Coax via RCA
TOSLink x 1
AES/EBU x 2 (Dual AES/EBU L/R Channel Input Supported)
USB2.0 Type B
I²S via RJ45 LVDS
Analog Output RCA at 2.2Vrms, 625 Ω
XLR at 4.4Vrms, 1250 Ω
Sampling Mode Non-Oversampling NOS
Oversampling OS
AC Power Requirement 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz (Worldwide Voltage)
Power Consumption ≤20W
Frequency Response 20-40KHz -0.2dB
THD+N 0.0018%
S/N Ratio 127dB
Dynamic Range >132dB
Stereo Crosstalk -110dB
Dimension 430 x 380 x 105 mm
Weight 19 Kg
Color Silver / Black
Warranty 36 Months