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HD audiophile 384kHz D/A converter with remote
MFR# Zodiac Gold w/Remote

Product Description

Antelope Zodiac Gold is anadvanced digital audio converter engineered to deliver pristine audiowith keenly articulated pitch and a spectacular soundstage. This uniquesound is based on Antelope's 64-bit clocking technology used by theworld’s top audio engineers. A custom designed USB controller chipstreams digital audio at 480 Mbits, supporting sample rates up to 384kHz with native drivers. As a preamp, the device allows up to 8 inputsources with auto-detection of active channels with ease and flexibilityto connect to virtually any device. A dual-stage headphone driverarchitecture unveils every sonic detail, while the relay based volumecontrol assures superb stereo imaging at any listening level. Forenhanced user experience your Zodiac comes with aluminum remote controland friendly PC/Mac software panel.

A sophisticated and powerful DAC, Pre-Amp and Headphone Amp for most refined tastes.

Features
  • Unibody machined aluminum Remote Control
  • Custom USB chip streams audio up to 384kHz
  • Matched to 0.05 dB Relay Volume Attenuator
  • Antelope Oven Clock for supreme stability
  • 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
  • Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps
  • Switchable (120 or 0 Ohm) HP amp impedance
  • De-jittered, re-clocked Digital Audio Outputs
  • 129dB Dynamic Range
  • Accurate level display for Main volume
  • Mono summing function
  • Mute (soft dim & full mute)
  • PC/Mac Software Control Panel
  • Audiophile Double-linear Power Supply option
Connections
  • 2x Headphone Outputs on 1/4” TRS
  • Trim-able balanced Analog Outputs on XLR
  • Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA
  • Balanced Analog Inputs on 1/4” TRS
  • Unbalanced Analog Inputs on RCA
  • AES/EBU Digital Input
  • 2x S/PDIF coaxial Inputs
  • 2x Optical TOSLINK inputs
  • USB on standard B type connector
  • Word Clock Input on BNC
  • De-jittered AES/EBU Output
  • De-jittered 2x S/PDIF Outputs
Up to 384 kHz Sampling Rate
Antelope Audio is one of the first to offer 384kHz capability. In doingso, we hope to match and exceed the expectations of even the mostcritical of ears. Now audiophiles can enjoy the highest bandwidth that aUSB 2.0 interface can provide for audio.

Stepped Relay Volume Attenuator
When adjusting volumes, it’s imperative that the stereo image remaincompletely intact. The Zodiac Gold achieves this by incorporatingstepped relays that are matched to 0,05 dB to maintain the most accuratestereo balance at all volume levels.

PC/MAC Software Control Panel
Computer-based audio sources have become more and more popular in theaudiophile community. To enhance the use of the Zodiac with USB, wedesigned a Software Control Panel that improves the interaction betweencomputer and converter. Antelope’s Intuitive software helps combinegreat sound with ease of use.

Remote Control
The stylish champagne colored Zodiac Gold is matched perfectly to it’selegant aluminum unibody remote control. This isn’t just another remotecontrol to toss under a coffee table, it’s a beautifully crafted devicethat will enhance the experience of owning a Zodiac Gold.

Professional features
Added flexibility for the professional user makes for a distinctlypowerful device: AES Input, fine trimmers on the balanced outputs, monobutton, mute select (soft & full), transparent analog inputs, BNCword clock input, 384kHz USB.

De-Jittered Audio Output
Digital outputs on AES/EBU and S/PDIF offer all the benefits ofAntelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking, so external devicesgain significant sonic advantages when connected to Zodiac Gold.

Source Switching
With a number of different inputs available, you can monitor manysources such as CD, Laptop, DAW or Mixers and Keyboards. Balanced andunbalanced inputs at both +4db and -10db allows tremendous flexibility,while auto detection of connected devices means source selection issimple and convenient.

Oven Controlled Clock
Often overlooked, the quality of the clock is extremely important whenhigh quality audio is desired. The clock is housed in a shieldedcontainer where the temperature is kept constant, therefore bringingsignificant benefits to the detail, dynamics and stereo placement of theaudio.

64-Bit Technology
Sophisticated 64-bit algorithms allow precise control over ourAcoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and Jitter Management; two criticalcomponents to improve audio via clocking. The incoming digital signal isbrought to life with this unique 64-bit technology, resulting in smoothand detailed audio whatever the method of digital connectivity.

Antelope Performance USB
Custom implementation of the USB chip leads to extreme audio performanceand comprehensive support for your system. There are user selectablemodes tailored to suit both Mac and PC; and with a data transfer rate of480Mbits flawless audio is achieved with native drivers.

Smooth Headphones
Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps deliver smooth sound at bothhigh and low levels. Custom designed for accurate monitoring with a widerange of headphone impedances. Controlled by a dedicated volume knob.For different sound texture the amplifier impedance is switchablebetween 120 and 0 Ohm.

Cutting-edge design
To preserve the full bit resolution of the DAC, volume adjustment isentirely in the analog domain. Separate analog and digital powersupplies eliminate digital cross-talk. This is further enhanced bykeeping analog and digital circuits on separate PCB’s. These gold platedboards utilize large internal ground plains, canceling noise andvoltage shifts.

Nuts and Bolts
All component decisions for Zodiac Gold are based on a passion toproduce something very special - technically, musically andaesthetically. Built with many solid aluminum parts and also very cuteon the eye, it will be your pride and joy just like it is our passion.

Audiophile Power Supply (Optional)
Ultra-low noise, triple regulated analog PSU offered separately orbundled provides a piece of mind that the noise, spikes and distortionfrom the power grid won’t make their way to your high-end audio system.Because we’re not just protecting the Zodiac Gold, but also your amp,your speakers and most importantly, your ears.

In the box
  • Zodiac Gold HD Audiophile 384kHz D/A converter
  • Remote Control
  • Printed Documentation
  • Mobile DC Power Supply
  • IEC type power cable
  • USB cable
  • Optical TOSLINK cable

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