Digital to Analog Conversion with Digital Pre Amplification


The Adagio gives you more weight, body, tonal richness, and a more natural sense of the space of the recording. Or to put it more plainly, it fleshes out your music more!

Think clarity. The Pavane does a wonderful job of presenting even the most complex music in a natural and inviting manner with every last ounce of nuance in tact. There’s no artificial sounding edge, no sense of a flat cutout image, basically none of digital’s nastier stuff. In some cases this can also come with a somewhat dark and muddy sound but that is absolutely not the case with the Pavane; think clarity.

The Adagio allows you to hear into the recording and the recording’s quality. This is somewhat of a good news/bad news proposition in that you’ll really hear what’s there.

Pure & Simple with Pre Amplification

What more can you do after launching one of the best dac’s available today? We are aware that our current flagship Pavane is hard to beat but at least one idea was not realized yet. The idea of having a decent volume control to prevent a necessary pre-amplifier could improve performance dramatically. However, we also know that the way of introducing such device in the signal chain can also have a negative effect.

Experiments were made and as result the best sound was coming directly from our Transient™ modules. Even the digital approach did not convince us but still one idea was not tried yet. Especially in case of R2R ladder dacs it is quite easy to change the output voltage of the dac by changing its reference voltage but to realize this, dedicated dac boards were designed to get the best regulation possible.

Like our Pavane, “forward correction” techniques are used to drive both mono dac boards. The result of this process is an extremely high linearity, right down to -140 dB, which gives the Adagio a realistic 24 bit dynamic range. The Adagio is a step forwards as it omits a pre-amplifier. It is musical, honors the Non-oversampling principle and simultaneously incorporating the technological progress that has been made over the years.

The Adagio is available in black or silver. The used top panel is a sandwich of steel and 4 millimeters of tempered black coated glass and gives the Pavane very distinctive looks.

The Adagio is build up with a double well damped frame and will avoid vibrations due to the use of bituminous material. Around this strong body beautiful shaped aluminum panels are used to make it even stronger. The chosen approach masks the use of screws from most important directions. As standard a remote will be delivered to control the available digital inputs.





24 Bit balanced dual mono volume controlled DAC
Non oversampling DAC
Forward (FPGA) corrected
4 DAC'S per channel in differential mode
75 VA via 3 separated toroidal transformers
110/115V AC 220/230V AC 60/50Hz
Input 1x optical, 2x coaxial 1x BNC and 1x RCA AES/EBU and USB
Output 1x stereo pair single ended variable max. 2 Volts RMS
Output 1x Stereo pair XLR: variable max.  4 Volt RMS
Frequency Response 1Hz – 20 khz -2.5 dB. 44.1 kHz sampling
Frequency Response 1Hz – 65 kHz – 3dB .192 and 384kHz (USB)
Distortion 0.006 % THD
Noise Floor -155 dB related to 2 Volt RMS
Output impedance RCA 100 Ohm, XLR 320 Ohm
Sampling rate Optical 44.1 – 96 kHz
Sampling rate Coax and AES/EBU: 44.1 -192 kHz
Sampling rate USB 44.1 – 384kHz
Dimensions 440 x 320 x 85 mm
Weight 10KG