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Apogee Mini-DAC 2-Channel 192k D/A Converter with FireWire Interface

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Apogee's Mini-DAC, a professional quality, 24 bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, is the ultimate portable and compact solution for studio playback, reference monitoring, and FireWire conne... Click To Read More About This Product

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Apogee's Mini-DAC, a professional quality, 24 bit, 192kHz digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, is the ultimate portable and compact solution for studio playback, reference monitoring, and FireWire connectivity to your digital audio workstation (DAW), computer, and premium home audio systems. The 2-channel Mini-DAC features Apogee's award-winning audio-quality and renowned dual-stage IntelliClock in a rugged metal enclosure.

Professional, Portable, Affordable
With the venerable DA-1000 in mind, Apogee set out to make a series of next-generation, compact, high-quality converters that both audio professionals and home recording enthusiasts will not want to do without. And although Mini-DAC is built to go and priced to move (it is less expensive than any Apogee D/A ever), it delivers a feature-rich D/A converter that is unrivaled in the pro studio world.

FireWire and Beyond with Digital-Through Mode
These days, if you are doing digital, you need connectivity options. Through Mini-DAC's ability to interface directly with your computer and virtually any DAW via FireWire, you get maximum flexibility for a myriad of input formats. And Apogee has taken advantage of this FireWire capability by expanding it to offer what we call "digital-thru-mode." This provides the exciting option of interfacing non-FireWire digital devices with your computer. To use digital-thru-mode, set your Mini-DAC's input selector to the FireWire option slot and connect any two-channel digital device like Apogee's Mini-Me, Trak2, or Rosetta, and you have just FireWire enabled your favorite A/D converter and interfaced it with your computer or DAW. No other hardware required.

Multiple Unit Connectivity with both Mac and Windows Computers
If you are using both a Mini-Me and a Mini-DAC together in the same system, it is easy to connect both units to a single FireWire port on a Mac OS and Windows equipped computer. This makes it easy to use a combination of units and with a simple click of the mouse, set your synchronization settings for each connected unit.

Precision Reference Monitoring
Are you using a massive mixer just to ride your monitor levels? Or do you have a great A/D but inferior D/A? Then make a little room for Mini-DAC. With comprehensive level control and a high quality headphone output you can hear exactly what you are committing to while recording. And when it is time to mix down, Mini-DAC provides the optimum stereo image and the most faithful analog reproduction of your carefully recorded digital audio that money can buy.

Ultimate Listening for Audiophiles
Want to hear your music as it was intended? Then Mini-DAC is the way to optimize your home audio system. Connect your premium CD/DVD player to Mini-DAC and then out to your speakers for a superb sonic experience that your discerning ears will appreciate. With the Mini-DAC, you can use your CD or DVD transport as an audio source and any FireWire-equipped computer. Now you can listen to your collection of MP3 and AAC encoded audio in iTunes and also bring a whole new listening experience to Podcasts and Internet-based radio stations. Since both sources can stay connected your Mini-DAC you can simply connect your powered speakers to the balanced analog outputs and experience a whole new level of playback quality--from any of your audio sources.

IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.

If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided at the link below that are specifically indicated as "Compatible with Leopard."

If you have any questions, please call Apogee support at 310-584-9394.


Inputs include AES (single & double wide), optical (ADAT, S/MUX & S/PDIF) coax, & USB
Analog output-level control for direct connection of powered monitors
Low-current, low-voltage; ideal for location/ENG
Digital-thru mode adds USB functionality to any digital device including Apogee´s Mini-Me, Trak2 and Rosetta

2 x AES-EBU on 9-pin D-type (breakout cable to two female XLR-3 required) handling sample rates: 44.1k-192k single-wide and 88.2 k”192k double-wide
S/PDIF optical on TOS-LINK 44.1/48k
S/PDIF coaxial on RCA 44/1-192k
ADAT 44/1-48k
ADAT/SMUX II for 88/2/96k
ADAT/SMUX IV for 176.4/192k
USB at 44.1/48k

2 XLR (pin 2 ” hot) for pro-audio stereo
1/8" jack for consumer-level stereo (standard 1/8" to RCA cable required) also able to drive headphones
1/4" jack headphone
Output level XLRs: 24dBu max (internally or externally adjustable) ultra low impedance, high current drive balanced outputs
Output 1/8": +10dBV max (fixed or externally adjustable)
Headphone out: 300mW into 30 ohm
Sample rates: 44.1/48-88.2/96-176/192, all +/- 10%
Maximum word length: 24-bit
Frequency response: 10-20k +/- 0.2 dB (at 44.1kHz)
THD+N: -107 dB
Dynamic range: 119 dB weighted
Inter channel crosstalk: -125 dB
Power consumption: 5W max.
Power source: 6-14 V DC. International (90-240V) power
adapter included
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Hardware warranty:

APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's option, free of charge.

All units returned to Apogee or an authorized Apogee repair facility must be prepaid, insured and properly packaged. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notice. Design changes are not implemented retrospectively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units.

This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel.

The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time.

USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Software warranty:

Limited Warranty. Apogee Electronics warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from your date of purchase that (i) the media on which the Software is recorded will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, and (ii) the Software as provided by Apogee Electronics will substantially conform to Apogee's published specifications for the Software.

Apogee Electronics' entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warranty will be, at Apogee Electronics' option, replacement of the media, refund of the purchase price or repair or replacement of the Software.


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