The Obelisk DA is Heed's multiple input, remote-controllable digital-to-analogue converter for the Obelisk family. High resolution in more ways one - it is the best way to make any digital based medium sound more like we should hear them.
Digital to analogue conversion is not a straightforward method in the audio world. There are many ways to achieve good results, but it requires great effort to make any of them sound excellent. The Obelisk DA is the proof that a digital system, even from a CD, can sound as musical as a great turntable. This natural analogue performance of the DA is clearly outstanding.
The prefect match to the Obelisk PRE and power amplifier combinations in so many ways, the Obelisk DA can be seamlessly used with the Obelisk PRE as the remote then functions for all digital input switching. This means that you can simply leave your Obelisk PRE on one input and toggle through the available sources on the DA to get both the best audio playback and usability when enjoying any connected device.
The Obelisk DA is not only the ideal compliment to Heed's stunning Obelisk DT compact disc transport, it will also extract the very best from any digital source: computers, media servers, DAB tuners, satellite boxes, etc. And its modular DAC card and USB interface upgrade-ability assure future-proof enjoyment for many years to come.
Five inputs make the Obelisk DA the digital centre of your system. Moreover, there are two kind of outputs with different levels to find a perfect match to your other devices.
The USB input of the Obelisk DA is a 24bit/192 kHz capable card, which utilises the well-accepted asynchronous transfer method. It employs an on-board dual quartz clocking system and clearly benefits from the nice, smooth power the Obelisk DA main board provides. (The USB driver can be downloaded directly from the Heed Audio website - or simply by following the link below).
At the DA’s heart lies Heed's much acclaimed new and improved Dactil 2.3 DAC card, capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing. A deceptively simple module with excellent musical qualities, the Dactil 2.3 manages to scale new heights in the employ of the Obelisk DA’s ‘no compromise’ approach, featuring entirely independent supply rails for its analogue and digital sections.This particular variant features the more flexible DAC 2.3 (which uses a Wolfson WM8740 DAC chip). This latest generation card has jumper settings for 3 desired playback and system set-up preferences.
With the inclusion of the Heed DA into your Obelisk system, you open up a world of digital input processing and analogue conversion that raises the system performance beyond standard realms. Not only do you have the Heed's highly gifted digital to analogue skill, enabling digital sources to be rekindled into the 'passionate' analogue medium for pure enjoyment, you also get added control too. Add in the DA to either your Obelisk Si or PRE/PS combo - and the unfettered digital switching enables you to use the new Heed remote control features fully, as one remote will then control features from all components cohesively.
Despite the fact that we live in a digital world (albeit vinyl is defying the charge gloriously), Heed have embraced this medium with a passion and spirit to making it so much better...Heed as such are making it so much better with the Obelisk DA for all of us intrinsically 'analogue' beings.
Available in a black casing with black fascia.
Heed Audio Obelisk DA: Multi-Input Digital to Anlogue Convertor - Features & Benefits:
Isolated supplies for analogue and digital section
Upgradeable DAC and USB card system
Fully remote controllable
Heed Audio Obelisk DA: Multi-Input Digital to Analogue Convertor - Specifications:
Inputs: 1x RCA / 1x BNC / 2x TOSLINK / 1x USB
Outputs: 1x direct / 1x buffered out
Output level: 1.2 V (direct) / 2.5 V (buffered)
Frequency response: 3 hz –
SNR: > 97 dB
Supported upgrade cards: DAC 2.3
Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.1 / 96 / 192 kHz (all inputs)
Max. consumption: 15 W
Weight: 4 kg
Dimensions (WxHxD): 22 x 8.5 x 32.5 cm