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Parasound Zdac v.2 DAC And Headphone Amplifier


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Parasound's mission is to put great sound into stunning packages, priced magnitudes lower than any competitor. The results have been clear: Parasound products have won best-in-class awards in the most popular audiophile publications year after year.

The Parasound Z DAC V.2 DAC and Headphone Amp features a high-quality 24bit digital to analogue converter and headphone amplifier. this petite half-size unit can be used on its own or can be added to complement the “Z” range of components.



Analog volume control for RCA and XLR outputs

Separate volume control for the headphone Jacks

Digital audio connection to LightingTM jack-equipped Apple® devices (USB adapter required)

Updated headphone amp with increased gain

1/4″ and 1/8″ 24k gold plated headphone jacks

12V input and output triggers

Volume control lockout switch

Premium Analog Devices AD1853 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter IC

All inputs feature jitter reduction and are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz / 24 bit

USB input for playing music from PC or Mac (driver-less for easy setup)

Asynchronous sample rate conversion for all inputs including the USB input

Works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit

Optical and Coaxial digital inputs for use with any standard digital connection

RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs

High current headphone output with volume control can drive any headphones from 32 to 600 ohms

Oversized internal toroid power transformer (not a wall wart like many competitors)

Will always power back up to the same input in the event of an AC power outage



Supports Incoming Digital Word Lengths:

16 bit – 24 bit

Supports Incoming Digital Sampling Frequencies:

Opt & Coax: 8 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 16 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz.

USB: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz

Upsampling Frequency:

422 kHz / 24 bit (all inputs)

USB Streaming Controller:

Texas Instruments TAS1020B

Sample Rate Converter:

Analog Devices AD1895

D to A Converter:

Analog Devices AD1853

Headphone Amplifier:

Texas Instruments TPA6120

Frequency Response:

20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB

Channel Balance:

< 0.05 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Channel Separation:

> 95 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Signal to Noise Ratio:

110 dB, A-weighted

THD + Noise:

< 0.015 %

Audio Output Level, RMS (maximum):

Unbalanced Variable: 2.4 V

Balanced Variable: 4.8 V

Unbalanced Fixed: 2.2 V

Balanced Fixed: 4.4 V

Output Impedance:

Line out: 160 ohms, unbalanced or balanced

Headphone out: 10 ohms

AC Power Requirement:

110-130 VAC 60 Hz or

220-240 VAC 50 Hz (voltage is selected on the chassis bottom)

Operating: 10 watts

Standby: < 1 watt


Width: 8.5″ (220 mm)

Depth: 10″ (254 mm)

Height: 2″ (51 mm) with feet, 1.75″ (45 mm) without feet


Net: 5 lbs (2.3kg)

Shipping: 8 lbs (3.7kg)

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