CEntrance DACmini CX D/A converter Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Solid-state D/A processor, line preamplifier, and headphone amplifier with external power supply (will operate from 9–19VDC). Audio output: gold-plated RCA line out, stereo ¼" headphone out. Resolution: 24-bit (also supports 16-bit). Sample rates accepted: USB, up to 96kHz; S/PDIF, up to 192kHz. Nominal output level: +6.0dBV (RCA outputs). Frequency response: 20Hz–40kHz, +0.0dB/–0.1dB (line or digital inputs). Signal/noise: (A-weighted): 144dB (line), 113dB (digital). THD+noise: 0.00022% (line), 0.001% (digital). Channel separation: 128dB (line), 118dB (digital). Output impedance: 25 ohms (line), 10 ohms (headphones). Headphone output power: 1.5W total, for headphones with impedances of 32–600 ohms.
Dimensions: 6.4" (164mm) W by 1.6" (42mm) H by 6.4" (164mm) D. Shipping weight: 3.7 lbs (1.7kg).
Serial Number Of Unit Reviewed: None visible.
Price: $795. Optional modifications (see review text): $99.95 each. Approximate number of dealers: 15 (and sold direct with a 30-day, money-back guarantee).
Manufacturer: CEntrance, 8817 Mango Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053. Tel: (847) 581-0500. Fax: (847) 581-0901. Web: www.centrance.com.

8817 Mango Avenue
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 581-0500

WillWeber's picture

Did you make those emails up? Or juice'd the names to protect the guilty?

Had fun reading your article, and it was informative too. It's hard to keep up with all the new digital/computer audio developments. Please stay busy!



MikeMercer's picture

Eric wrote all the parts there Will!  A nice diversion from the typical audio review.  There's plenty of reasons why I went to work for CEntrance - they make terrific products, and not only are all the design engineers musicians, they're a GREAT group of guys...

Erranti's picture

Hi there Erik,

I really enjoyed your original Dacmini review and had some pretty good laughs :D.

I recently acquired a pair of Beyerdynamic Tesla1s to upgrade my old AKG K702s, and I'm looking for a good Amp or DAC/Amp to power these 600Ohm monsters. Beyerdynamic's own A1 Amp with 100 Ohm output impedance(?!!) is completely out of the question.

I did some research and came up with 3 good candidates, and I would of course want to know if there's any chance they could be reviewed in the near future.

The Amps and DAC/Amps I came up with are:
 - German made Violectric V100 and V200 (both can be obtained with incorporated 16/48 and 24/96 USB DACs), and Violectric's standalone V800 DAC, which features some pretty serious specs and versatility. 
 - HeadAmp GS-1. An all American and extremely well built Amp and PreAmp with very respectable specs.
 - Anedio D2 DAC and Amp, which features some great looks, solid build and fantastic specs.

If there's no plans to review these Amps and DAC/Amps, I would still very much appreciate any impressions you could have on them.

Thanks in advance,