The Heed Dactilus is a dac that sounds right. It is as simple as pie but not simpler than what it needs to produce a very natural sound. It, along with the Heed Canamp and HiFiMAN HE400i's make a phenomenal combination.
In designing the Heed DACTILUS, our aim was to create a D-to-A device which makes any digital source – CD players, DAB tuners, etc. – more enjoyable to listen to in musical terms. Used with higher ranking digital components it still holds its own against many on-board DACs with its strikingly different approach – a less analytical and processed presentation of music which conveys the musical message in a very fluid, natural, rhythmically engaging fashion. Even the primal Dactilus 1 with our first-ever DAC circuitry, the Dactil 1.0 module was capable of doing all that: "...it's seldom anything other than an enjoyable one to listen to and we're happy to recommend it..." as leading UK Magazine Hi-Fi Choice found it in their 2009 review.
The all-new second generation Dactilus 3, equipped with our new Dactil 1.2 DAC module, is capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing while extending upon the virtues of the earlier model, injecting extra transparency, information retrieval and dynamic capability. The features list is modest: optical (Toslink) and electrical (Coax SPDIF) digital inputs (selected using a rear-mounted switch) or an asynchronous, 24bit/192 kHz capable USB input into a single unbalanced output.
At the heart of the Dactilus 3 lies our new Dactil 1.2 DAC module, which is based on a highly integrated Wolfson D/A chip including not only the means of D-to-A conversion, but also the basic output analogue filtering. It handles all sources up to 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signals and, in spite of its striking minimalism, is capable of achieving astonishingly good performance.
In order to avoid undesirable electro-magnetic interference within the chassis, the DACTILUS has no on-board power supply, employing a "wall-wart" PSU. This can be upgraded with our Q-PSU for maximum performance. Naturally, we offer the DACTILUS / Q-PSU combination for a special package price.
|Input format (RCA):||Max 192 kHz / 24 bit S/PDIF|
|Input format (TOSLINK)||Max 192 kHz / 24 bit S/PDIF|
|Input format (USB)||Max 192 kHz / 24 bit|
|Frequency response (+/- 0.2 dB, 44.1 kHz sr.):||3 Hz - 21 kHz|
|THD (0 dB, 1 kHz):||< 0.005 %|
|S/N (A-weighted):||97 dB|
|Maximum output level (0 dB):||2.5 Vrms|
|Channel separation:||90 dB|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||9.5x7.2x25 cm|