Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum D/A processor–headphone amplifier & Voltikus power supply Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Zodiac Platinum: DSD-capable D/A processor and headphone amplifier. Inputs: USB: 2.0 Hi-Speed, datastream up to 480Mbits/384kHz, Type B. One 10M/WC on BNC: 10MHz sinewave, 44.1–384kHz. One AES/EBU XLR: 44.1–192kHz. Two S/PDIF RCA: 44.1–192kHz. Two optical TosLink. Two RCA analog: –10dBV unbalanced (2V RMS max). Two &3188;" TRS analog: +4dBu balanced (26dBu max). Outputs: One AES/EBU, dejittered, reclocked digital output, 110 ohms. Two S/PDIF, dejittered, reclocked digital outputs, 75 ohms. Two analog XLR, balanced, fully differential drive; trimmable, 14–26dBu at 0dBFS; preset to 20dBu (this is the peak value with headroom included and should not be confused with the averaged value of +4dBu stated on the back panel); 56 ohms impedance to ground. Two analog RCA, trimmable, unbalanced from 0 to +12dBV with +6dBV default, 2V RMS max; 56 ohms impedance. Two headphone on ¼" TRS jacks; 20dBu at 0dBFS, 120 or 0 ohms (switchable). Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz (352.8 and 384kHz through USB only). Dynamic range: 129dB. THD+N: 0.0004%. Clock stability: <±0.02ppm, oven-controlled at 148.1°F (64.5°C). Clock aging: <1ppm/year. Operating temperature: 32–122°F (0–50°C).
Dimensions: 6.5" (165mm) W by 4.4" (112mm) H by 7.5" (190mm) D. Weight: 4.4 lbs (2kg).

Voltikus Power Supply: Input power: Nominal: 100–120/220–240V AC, 50/60Hz. Actual: 90–264V AC, 50/60Hz. Fuses: 0.5A, 250V, Type T (5 by 20mm). Input power cord: three-wire grounded, 1 lifted option. Terminals: G14 panel-mounted male connector (inlet). Output: 18V DC. Power (maximum): 18W. Terminals: precision locking power connector. Overload/short-circuit protection: automatic power limit/short-circuit protection. Input line protection: fuse on both hot and neutral. Operating temperature: 32–122°F (0–50°C).
Dimensions: 4.2" (107mm) W by 4.4" (112mm) H by 6.6" (168mm) D. Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9kg).

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Price: $5,500 for bundle. Approximate number of dealers: 8.
Manufacturer: Antelope Audio, San Francisco, CA. Tel: (415) 869-9661. Fax: (415) 520-0954. Web:

tonykaz's picture

Hello Sir ,

Our Tyll is revealing the newish strategy at your offices , I'm happy to learn of your position as the "Man" covering DACs .

I've had a look-see at your MSB writings as well as a few other offerings , certainly I'll continue to follow along .

I'm an old time Audio person , going way back to the early Tube days . I've imported some of the British products ( back in the 1980s ) , I've retailed and manufactured .

Now-a-days I'm a Schiit/Sennheiser music lover , I have no business connection to Home or Professional music reproduction .

I've come to discover DACs to be a sort of Phono Cartridge type of transducer , the MSB stuff seems the best of the bunch .
Not being in the business , I don't have any consideration other than the performance of the device in question ( a happy place ) .

I think that I've discovered the Dopamine connection to music and it's reproduction , this phenonomen occurs when any music played ( poorly or well ) excites the brain into a state of pleasantness , I suppose it's why we all love music .

I think you lads have a million things to consider when reviewing products , I don't expect reviewers to get down to the tiny details of how a femto clock can keep music in focus or things of that nature but I will expect honesty and integrity , which I suspect your JA will insist upon ,

Anyway , thank you for pitching in and trying to be helpful in describing the advancements in this area .

Tony Kaz in Michigan

ps . your local Dr.Mike Moffet might be helpful in digital education , of course the MSB lads are close by in Watsonville so you do have potential access to the pointy headed intellectuals .