Parasound has set a new standard for performance and value with the help of acclaimed Danish digital experts Holm Acoustics. The ZDAC sounds more natural and less digital than DACs selling for far more because of its innovative design and high quality parts. Its unique re-clocking system preserves the original source audio data by eliminating jitter contamination that is picked up along the digital signal chain. This is accomplished through the synergy of two premium parts, an Analog Devices AD1895 asynchronous sample rate converter and an AD1853 DAC IC, the same DAC IC that Holm selected for the Halo CD1 CD player. To further improve sound quality the signal is up-sampled to 422kHz. This highly effective jitter-reduction system works on all inputs, not just the USB input, as in many other DACs.
If you are on a budget, this is DAC to consider. Take a look at the power supply in this baby! You don’t normally get a toroidial transformer from a DAC that is less the $500.