ASHER DAC

Reference DAC

Starting at just HKD17,499

Named after Funjoe’s son,

the Asher is Clones Audio pushing back on its previous commitment

to affordability and aiming up market.

Similar in design to the Sheva with 4 x ESS Labs Sabre DAC per channel but improvements have been made to the output stage and regulators. Separate toroidals feed the Asher’s analogue and digital sections.

"What follows about the Asher in this regard is simply this: with all of these lovingly crafted, carefully recorded high resolution albums several things are very apparent about the Asher’s performance over the various other high resolution DACs that I have, have had, or have borrowed over the past couple of years: Asher’s ability to convey the whole musical picture is top notch, perhaps among the best I’ve heard."

 

- Audiophile Online

"Interplay and layering of notes too quickly stacks up cumbersome with DAC’s failing in layering intricate ability to transcribe Uma Outra Mariquinhas with natural flow. Asher lead it pleasantly lightly and involving. Something quickly evident further on with Chris Isaak Wicked Games well known pop song. Not your ordinary one, although recored with samples and lots of studio works this song encompass quite a production mastery. Even a pop song can reveal so much regarding the sound and performance. Asher followed so called Wicked Games simple progression with control and in expansive way, encapsulating the reverent mood and pace."

 

-Matej Isak (Mono and Stereo)

Features
  • DSD 64/128/256 and DXD (384KHz 24bit PCM) compatible

  • Galvanic isolation module for USB section to eliminate computer noise from the audio signal

  • Ultra-Low Phase Noise Femto Master Clock Module

  • Remarkable power supply has separate torroidal transformers for Analog and Digital section

  • Latest Ultra-Low noise discrete regulator modules for digital part

  • Remote Control Feature

  •  ESS Reference audio 32 bit DAC

  • Automatic oversampling for precise output filtering

  •  VFD display for input, sample rate, volume control, and configuration

  • Remote control with features such as control and phase inversion

  • Defeatable - 32 bit volume control

 
Specifications
  • Sampling rates:
    AES/EBU, COAX, OPT - up to 192kHz
    USB/I2S - PCM 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384kHz;
    DSD64, DSD128, DSD256

  • 1x Coax input

  • 1X BNC input

  • 1x Toslink input

  • 1x AES/EBU input

  • 1x I2S input 

  • Proprietary drivers for 32/64 bit Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OSX

  • Factory selectable mains 115/230VAC

  • 322mm(W) X 260mm(D) X 90mm (H)

  • Weight: 6kg

  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY

 
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