Weiss DAC 202 in the Test

The D/A converter white DAC 202 (5180 euro) is inconspicuous due to compact dimensions. He is connoisseur but through its FireWire interface on.

  1. Weiss DAC 202 in the test
  2. Data sheet

The high spread of FireWire in studios don’t go back but on the desire of the professionals, to depose of the consumer segment, but on some benefits of this interface. So, FireWire is no serial connection such as USB, in which a bit is transferred to the other, but a parallel bus that delivers whole bit words.

This is FireWire not only in principle faster, but also asynchronous, because the words in memory land and then read out to the beat of the receiver. So the converter does not depend on the shaky clock of the computer.

Newer USB 2.0 interfaces have now made in the speed of data transfer. New chipsets also provide that the D/A converter is running asynchronously. However, data security is still higher for FireWire. This system has the advantage to be able to turn several FireWire devices (Daisy-Chain), in a row exclusively even if that pleases above all professionals.

Despite all the advantages, it is also Daniel white clear, that a good interface though a more important, but it is only a building block for a good converter is. So he gave the DAC 202 some highly useful features. The 202er has also an Cinch-S/P-DIF input as well as a Balanced AES/EBU connection and an optical TOSLINK Jackso in addition to two FireWire ports. Because the FireWire interface is bi-directional, you can transfer with the DAC 202 over the existing digital music data in the computer inputs and output via the digital outputs of the DAC 202 of this.

White is an excellent chip from ESS of the saber series for the digital-to-analog conversion (9018). He has eight channels, which are responsible for the main outputs and four for the headphone output. As headphone output and the main outputs separately at the digital level control, you can bridge to the level control for the main outputs, while she will continue to work for the headphone output.

After the transformers continue strictly symmetrical. Per channel, two outputs are connected, the noise is reduced. The asymmetric output is equivalent to, the symmetric because white switches whose positive pole parallel to the RCA Jack.

Remote control supplied with solid metal is practically designed and very useful. With her not only inputs to select and change the volume, you can switch the absolute phase. Unfortunately, it is not always ensured that she was observed when shooting, as in the case of a reversed phase, you save the reversing of the boxes.

Two different filters can be also easy to choose from the Chair. One is rather towards frequency response optimised, the others on the transient response. But here’s white on other versions, and there should be a Software Update that has additional filter types.

Who wants to use the digital volume control of DAC 202, pleased with the additional four adjustable boost levels. So achieved that works the digital level control with greater resolution. You should set this as follows: adjust the master volume to-6 dB and optimize the output level (starting with lowest) so that the sound pressure is so, how if you want to hear especially loud. Then one has not only a wide control range, but avoids loss of the sound in the quiet – and still has reserves in the lute.

The DAC-202-volume in practice worked as well, evident also in the listening room. There the tester combined the converter symmetrically with the reference Mono power amplifiers Ayre MX-R, to clarify whether an additional prepress is sonically needed. But even with the stereoplay highlight Akurate Kontrol Linn was it rather an offered a quality issue. Directly connected, which seemed minimal better characterized by white, came with the Linn Akurate subtly more pressure in the game.

Only the reference preamplifier Thorens TEP 3800 brought a clear improvement of detail at low levels. Thus stereoplay can recommend 202 in the direct operation of active speakers or amplifiers the DAC.

Of comparability due to completed the white converter the next listening passages with level control switched off and on the Thorens stage against the converter reference Audio Research DAC 8. But the compact Swiss was not intimidated by this power.

So, the DAC 8 through S/PDIF or Toslink played convincingly schwung – and punchy. The white but replied with something finer overtones and a coherent spatial depiction. So he set about the singers and instruments in Bach’s Cantata “about what God was born” (“6 favourite cantatas”, Joshua Rifkin, the Bach ensemble) not only in a minmal larger context, but the finish was a more natural aura. The DAC 8, however, created almost the impression, the musicians could be located in different rooms, there was minimal at Homegenität.

This difference became even clearer when we compared High bit costume includes the FireWire and the USB input of the DAC 8. Here of the almost exuberant DAC 8, where the slightly finer, but continuous musical white DAC 202. Thus there was no doubt: the small Swiss is now the glorious co reference in stereoplay.

Weiss DAC 202

Manufacturer White
Price €5180.00
Rating 69.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 19.0 x 8.0 x 30.0 cm
Weight 3.1 kg
Facilities/features
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 192
Maximum USB sample rate
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 2
Have FireWire interface, separate volume of headphones.
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 1
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 1
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 1
Digital DSD
I2S 0
USB 0
FireWire 1
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 1
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm 1
Outputs headphone 3.5 mm 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other:
Test result
Short conclusion The Weiss DAC 202 boasts extensive facilities and a formidable FireWire interface. Sonically, he draws fine and has natural tone colors. A worthy new stereoplay co reference.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
69
Sound points preamplifier
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
10
Practice
(max. 15 points)
10
Valency
(maximum 10 points)
8
Overall rating
(max. 120
outstanding 97
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 9 / 11

 

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