2.145,003.199,00 Inc. VAT

Digital to analog converter


The PDAC-1 mounts the ES9038PRO SABRE DAC, the flagship of the ESS PRO series. It sets a new benchmark for audio excellence with the highest dynamic range in the industry (DNR), up to 140 dB, in a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC.


The ES9038PRO DAC also features ESS’s 32-bit HyperStreamDAC patented technology with total harmonic distortion plus noise 122 dB. The HyperStream architecture is responsible for both the excellent sound quality of the ES9038PRO and the extremely low THD + noise.


It has a very low distortion, a very wide bandwidth and little noise. The technical performance of the DAC is on par with any other higher-priced DAC. The signal-to-noise ratio is -116 dB (weighted ‘A’), the frequency response is flat across the bandwidth and the distortion is 0.0052% at 1 kHz. These figures guarantee a completely neutral and accurate digital-to-analog conversion of any digital input. Includes USB input, DSD compatible (only for Windows).


As usual in atm-audio, the whole set has been put into a monobloc chassis of aluminum mechanized by CNC where the different sections have been compartmentalized to avoid interference between them. Thus, we have managed to reduce the noise figure to the minimum level to obtain maximum pleasure in listening to our favorite music. The power supply includes a low dispersion transformer, high speed rectifiers, Mundorf M-Lityc series very low resistance capacitors and Sparkoslabs very low noise regulators which, together with Nichicon Fine Gold and Muse audiophile grade capacitors and Sonic Imagery SIL994 and SIL990 Enh Ticha operational amplifiers for RCA and balanced analog outputs, make that with this DAC you can listen to all your digital sources like you have never heard them before. (The basic option does not include these components.)


PDAC-1 Technical Specifications:


  • Jitter: <12 ps peak-to-peak
  • THD (+noise): <0.004 % 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Frequency response: +0, –0.1 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Crosstalk: -104 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: -117 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz



  • 1x RCA coaxial connector SPDIF
  • 32 – 384 kbps (16-24 bit stereo PCM), 1x TOSLINK optical connector
  • 32 – 96 kbps (16-24 bit stereo PCM), 1x USB type-B connector – Asynchronous data stream (determined by source file/computer settings)



  • 1x line level RCA (phono)
  • 1x line level XLR


Dimensions (L x W x H): 300 x 360 x 70 mm
Weight: 5 kg


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Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 300 × 360 × 70 mm

Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Gold, Chrome


Basic (without extra components), Full equip

SKU: PDAC-1 Category: