There are three digital inputs on XLR connectors, and one on TOSLINK (optical). The accepted sampling frequencies are 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz. AES/EBU signals in single wire or dual wire formats can be used. Each XLR input is actively routed to a corresponding XLR digital output, allowing for monitoring at multiple stages in a digital studio setup.
Several signal re-clocking schemes are combined for extremely high jitter attenuation, making the DAC1 virtually immune to jitter over a very wide bandwidth, down to subsonic frequencies.
The correlation technique (using two converters per channel) which was already successfully employed in the ADC1, results in improved SNR and THD figures.
In the DAC1-MK2 the discrete Class A outputs have a virtually zero Ω output impedance, but still can drive large loads without stability problems. The DAC1-MK3 uses discrete operational amplifiers of our own design. Called OP1-BP, this operational amplifier probably is the best audio op-amp currently available. Output levels can be set between −infinity and +27 dBu. The outputs are symmetrical, but do not have any sound degrading servo mechanisms built in. For asymmetrical operation only one leg of the XLR connector (plus ground) is used.