The M-Audio Super DAC is the answer when you require reference-quality sound from your computer.
Super DAC is a USB digital-to-analog converter with stereo RCA analog outputs and both coaxial and optical digital outputs.
With audiophile-grade Wolfson DAC/ADCs, the M-Audio Super DAC performs 24-bit/192kHz high-definition audio conversion over a USB 2.0 connection. This results in the highest possible audio quality, which is critical for users who want to connect their audio equipment to their computer but are not satisfied with the sound quality of the typical computer sound card or the compression limitations of a Bluetooth connection. Six sampling rates between 44.1 and 192kHz are user selectable so you can achieve the exact performance level needed for any given circumstance.
This has a built-in high quality headphone amplifier with both 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch jacks, for connecting any headphones directly without the need for an adapter. It also features analog stereo RCA line outs and coaxial and optical digital output connections, so you can easily connect a wide array of external equipment. Since virtually all high-quality audio equipment has a digital input, Super DACâ€™s optical and coaxial digital outputs are perfect for driving that equipment with a pure digital signalâ€”especially valuable since most computers do not have a digital output.
Super DAC is USB-powered or can use an optional AC wall adapter (not included).
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need a DAC?
A DAC, or Digital Audio Converter, is necessary to get an audio or music signal from a digital state, like a .WAV file on your computer, to an analog state, an electrical signal that can be played back with your headphones or speakers. Any music that exists on your computer, phone, tablet, or other device is already digital and will use some sort of a digital converter before it makes it to your ears. Any digital device with speakers or a headphone output will already have it's own form of DAC, but these often only cover the bare-minimum and can leave a lot to be desired. In comparison, music playback may sound dull and less defined.
Using an external DAC, like the Super DAC, is an easy way to upgrade the quality of audio playback from your device by providing superior conversion processing and higher sample rates. Â The Super DAC features Audiophile-grade Wolfson conversion and sample rates up to 192 kHz, allowing you to get more precision and details out of your music and audio playback.Â
Does the Super DAC require any drivers?
The Super DAC is class compliant for Mac operating systems, but will require a driver for use with Windows. Please check for the latest system requirements on the product page and download the latest available drivers from our Drivers and Updates page.
What sample rates does the Super DAC support?
The Super DAC will support 24 bit,Â 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz. In order to change this, visit your Audio settings panel in your DAW or other software. If the software does not have this option, you can change the settings from your Windows or Mac Sound Preferences:
- Navigate to yourÂ Control Panel
- SelectÂ Sound
- Under theÂ PlaybackÂ tab, find the device labeledÂ USB Audio DACÂ and double click on it
- Find theÂ AdvancedÂ tab
- Use the drop-down menu to select your desired sample rate
- HitÂ ApplyÂ andÂ OKÂ to exit
- Navigate to yourÂ ApplicationsÂ folder and the then yourÂ UtilitiesÂ folder
- Find and open theÂ Audio Midi Setup
- If you do not see a window appear, click onÂ WindowÂ at the top of your screen and selectÂ Show Audio Devices
- Select theÂ USB Audio DACÂ from the list on the left
- Use theÂ FormatÂ drop-down menu to select a new sample rateÂ
What type of digital outputs does the Super DAC use?Â
The Super DAC has two digital outputs: S/PDIF Optical and Coaxial. These can be used to easily send a digital output from your computer via USB to a S/PDIF optical or coaxial input on a home stereo system or an audio interface. These connections can often be mistaken for other formats that use similar cables/connection types such as ADAT ports on an audio interface or an analog RCA port on a home stereo system. Be sure to check with your devices documentation to find out if it supports S/PDIF optical or coaxial.
Does the Super DAC support surround formats?Â
The Super DAC will only playback stereo files, but can pass-through Dolby 5.1 or DTS surround formats to be decoded and played back on your home stereo system.Â
Is the Super DAC supported for use on iOS?Â
Because the Super DAC is class compliant for mac, it will be supported for use on iOS but only with a power supply (sold separately) and an Apple certified Camera Connection Kit. The device may not receive enough power from the iPad/iphone alone, so the power supply ensures it will receive the proper amount of power.Â
What is the stereo input for?Â
TheÂ stereo input is included to allow you to connect a phone, tablet or other device to any speakers connected to the analog outputs. This way you can quickly switch between your sources without disconnecting anything. The switch labeledÂ Analog/DigitalÂ on the front will switch between the USB/computer input (Digital) or the stereo input on the front (Analog). Â
This input will not be sent over the USB cable to be recorded onto your computer or iOS device.
Why are the headphone outputs different volumes?Â
The two headphone outputs on the front are designed with different impedance values to adapt more easily to the variety of headphone types available today. The smaller 1/8" (3.5mm) output is low impedance output that is suited better for consumer grade headphones (ipod headphones), while the larger 1/4" output is high impedance and better suited for high impedance headphones, typically studio or professional grade. If you are unsure which one you should use, check the documentation for your headphones. Impedance values would be measured in Ohms (Î©). Low impedance is typically less than 50Î©, and high impedance is more than 50Î©.Â
When referring to headphones, impedance is essentially the amount of resistance being applied by the device to the flow of the audio signal. For the best results, you'll want the impedance of the output device to match the impedance of your headphones. This ensures that the signal has enough pressure to be pushed through the system properly. For example, think of a garden hose. The nozzle on the end will represent your headphones. Â When you close the nozzle, this adds impedance (like high impedance headphones) and creates pressure in the hose. Less water (signal) is able to get through. The more you reduce the impedance, the more you reduce the pressure in the system. Based on this scenario, if you were to attach your high impedance headphones to a low impedance output, the impedance level may be so high that the signal in the headphones is too low and you are unable to turn the volume high enough. Adversely, low impedance headphones in a high impedance output may not provide enough resistance, resulting in a very high output and potentially damaging the headphones from the amount of pressure.
Further Technical SupportÂ
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help!Â
Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.Â
- Â M-Audio Support Contact
- Interface: USB 2.0; 1.1-compatible
- Converters: Wolfson WM8740
- Dynamic Range: 110 dB maximum
- THD+N: 0.00003% maximum
- Headphone Output (at 1 kHz): 190 mW (32 â„¦); 210 mW (16 â„¦)
- Headphone Drive Ability: 16â€“100 â„¦ (1/8â€ / 3.5mm); 100â€“600 â„¦ (1/4â€ / 6.35mm)
- Analog Inputs: (1) 1/8â€ (6.35mm) line-level
- Digital Inputs: (1) USB 2.0 port
- Analog Outputs: (1) RCA stereo pair; (1) 1/8â€ (3.5mm) headphone; (1) 1/4â€ (6.35mm) headphone
- Digital Outputs: (1) S/PDIF optical; (1) coaxial; Dolby and DTS pass-through
- Sampling Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
- Power: via USB connection or via power adapter (12 VDC, 1 A, centerpositive, sold separately)
- Dimensions(width x depth x height): 3.7â€ x 3.6â€ x 1.1â€
- Weight: 0.5 lbs
- Super DAC
- Mini-USB cable
- RCA cable
- User Guide