Audeze Deckard DAC / Headphone Amplifier

Posted on 21st January, 2015

Audeze Deckard DAC / Headphone Amplifier

Audeze continued their product debuts with the Deckard, a headphone amplifier and DAC, also released at CES in Las Vegas.

The slim-chassis Deckard, just like the newly released EL-8 planar magnetic 'phones, are also designed by BMW owned DesignworksUSA.

A powerhouse in a small yet elegant package, featured class-A circuitry said to drive Audeze or any other headphones extremely well.

The internal DAC, designed by Cyrus Legg, an electrical engineer previously working in the medical and underwater robotics field, handles 16 to 32-bits and sampling rates from 44.1kHz to 384kHz.

There are front-panel switches for three gain settings and input (USB and Analog) as well as a volume control. The headphone output is standard quarter-inch, and the Deckard also functions as a line level preamp - just add some powered speakers and you potentially have a great desktop audio system.

George Poutakidis, representing Audeze in Australia, told StereoNET, “The sound is exciting, punchy, wideband with just the right amount of tonal color to make the experience come alive. The bass is outstanding, tight and well-controlled, the midrange wide open and colorful, the highs extended and sweet, never harsh or thin.”

Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier / DAC


Line Out

  • Type Single-Ended Class-A
  • SNR: 106dB A-Weighting
  • THD+N: 0.00045% at 1kHz 2VRMS A-Weighting
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (-0.03dB at 20Hz/-0.07dB at 20kHz)
  • Line Out Impedance 50 ohms

Headphone Out

  • SNR: 106dB A-Weighting
  • THD+N 0.00045% at 300ohms 13mW 1kHz
  • A-Weighting
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (-0.03dB at 20Hz/-0.07dB at 20kHz)
  • Headphone Out: Impedance 3ohms
  • Output Power: 795mW at 33ohms, 465mW at 300ohms, 235mW at 600ohms

DAC Section

  • Sample Rate 16-32 Bit, 44.1kHz 48kHz 88.2kHz 96kHz, 176.4kHz 192kHz 352.8kHz 384kHz
  • System Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
  • USB2 driver requires installation.
  • Native support for Mac OS 10.6.4 and above
  • Gain 0=0dB 10=10dB 20=20dB
  • AC230V: 210V-230V

Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier / DAC will be available in March 2015 for $999 RRP.

Audeze is distributed in Australia by Busisoft.

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Posted in: Headphones
Tags: audeze  busisoft  deckard  headphone amplifier  dac