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HD Audio project based on the highly acclaimed ESS Sabre32 series. This project uses the latest flagship ES9038PRO chip that has the highest performance 32-bit Audio technology. Professionally built with the highest quality parts.
 
Terms:
Built and supported for personal DIY/Hobby use only. Commercial use, duplication or distribution in any form is not permitted without license agreement. For commercial versions please go to ACKOLABS

Products and services by Ackolabs Pty Ltd, Australia


 
General Enquiries:
 
 
  
E-Store
 


DAC
Pro-Audio Quality.  No compromise design. Exceptional Performance!


NEW RELEASE!
AKD32 - DAC Module based on ES9038PRO


-NEW! The latest ESS 9038PRO-based DAC in stereo, mono or multi-channel mode 
-I2S/DSD --  PCM up to 768KHz and DSD512
-Spdif (TTL) 192KHz. Requires Coax or TOSLINK receiver (not included)
-Optimized direct connections. No jumpers, switches or links in signal paths.
-4 layer, Gold Plated board.
-Truly modular design with options to mix and match as desired
-On-board low phase noise clock for Asynchronous operation.
-Options for external Master Clock.e.g for Synchronous operation (AKL-S03 required)
-All separate power supply points. Require 3.3V x5 and 1.2V x3 external supplies (e.g. AKR75/78 series or equivalent)
-Voltage or Current Output mode
-Requires External IV for current mode drive (e.g AKV32 or transformers) -  (not included)
-Full Control of DAC module via on-board switches, memory or remote control.
-High performance MCU with NV flash memory for 'soft' switches and
 settings (all registers). 
-Lossless Digital Volume Control
-Remote Control options of DAC via PCs, Tablets, SBCs or SmartPhones. Web/IoT capable

 (View/Set all registers)
-OS & hardware independent Comms API.
-Low-level I2C comms or easy to use high level functions
-Mono/Stereo. Controls up to two DACs automatically
-Master control option of other connected devices
-User's Manual and comprehensive support information provided. For 9038PRO datasheet please contact ESS directly
-Supplied as shown. Options are extra at cost.

*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.
* DAC requires proper power supplies for operation.

Models:

1. AKD32S  Stereo DAC

2. AKD32M  Dual Mono DAC

3. AKD38  Multi-channel DAC 


In Stock / Short lead time





AKV32 Pure Class A IV Output Shield
High performance discrete design to bring out the best from ES9038
Balanced and SE Outputs
Highly linear Class A design for the lowest distortion and best dynamics
Mounts directly on top of AKD32/38 DAC unit

AKV32S - Stereo IV
AKV32M - Dual Mono IV
AKV38 - Multi-Channel IV

design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.
* For use with AKD32/38 DACs only. Not available separately. 



Coming Soon .... AKM32 Direct Drive Power Amplifier
-Highly linear Class D design for the lowest distortion and best dynamics
-High performance 30W - 100W options @0.002% THD+N plus Overdrive capability into complex loads!
-Direct Connection to DAC, perfectly matched Balanced Drive inputs, no cables or interconnects
-Mounts directly on top of AKD32/38 DAC unit (shield)
-Creates a complete Digital Integrated Amplifier

AKM32S - Stereo Power Amplifier
AKM32M - Dual Mono Power Amplifier
AKM38 - Multi-channel Power Amplifier

* For use with AKD32/38 series DACs only. Not available separately. 





-NEW-
AKX-S08*   Digital Isolator & Re-clocker - Synchronous Master Clock


-High Speed Galvanic Isolation, Buffering and  Reclocking of data signals
-Digital Inputs I2S 44.1k to 384KHz. DSD64 to DSD512 
-Conditions signals for DAC inputs with greater accuracy by referencing timing to higher quality clocks
-Dual Fs family Ultra-low jitter 'femto' Clocks on-board with upgrade options to premium OCXO types.
-I2S/DSD outputs (following inputs)- 2CH/8CH options
-Simply Connect any stock I2S/.DSD source direct to the inputs. e.g Amanero USB, WaveIO, RPi, BeagleBone etc 
-Clock-Perfect timing. Eliminates Jitter!
-External clock option
-All buffered outputs with high drive capability - up to two DACs can be driven (dual mono)
-GHz rated switching components
-U.FL coax headers
-All separate ultra noise power supplies on board
-Acoustic damping
-High quality multi-layer board with 2oz Cu, gold plated
-Drives AKD32/38 series DACs in full synchronous mode

-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested.        
Built-to-order only - Lead time 
*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.

* For use with AKD32/38 DACs only. Not available separately. 





Pop Buster 


-Pop Eliminator for Power ON/OFF events in audio systems
-Connects at any stages of DAC, Buffer, Preamp or Amplifier outputs
-Shunt relay action - Not in signal path.
-Connects up to two outputs per module, balanced or unbalanced signals
-Instructions provided

-Built to Order: ~1-2wks
-Unit Price: USD 65

AKD38XP -The most musically advanced DAC!

-ES9038PRO -8CH DAC 
-High frequency, impedance controlled multi layer Teflon-Rogers pcb
-Gold plating
-Selection of finest components
-Manually soldered using low thermal stress, high conductivity Silver Alloy
-Engineered to perfection!
-lots of options ....








E-Store


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MISC. Products
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NEW - AKX-S03   Digital Isolator & Re-clocker
Clock-Perfect Timing. Eliminates Jitter!



-High Speed Galvanic Isolation with Reclocking. Improved version of the original S03 reclocker
-Physically matches and interacts with the Amanero USB-I2S but can also be used with other transports or similar application where isolation and re-clocking are required e.g:
-No signal processing. Takes any digital signal irrespective of formats I2S, DSD etc.  I2S/DSD outputs
-Dual Fs family Ultra-low jitter Audio Clocks with upgrade options to premium OCXO types. -Clean, bit-perfect outputs w.r.t. reference Clocks
-External clock option =>  More ...
-All buffered outputs with high drive capability
-GHz rated switching components
-U.FL coax I/O headers, RJ45 or HDMI options
-All separate ultra noise power supplies on board
-Acoustic damping
-High quality multi-layer board with 2oz Cu, gold plated
-Direct connection to most DACs


-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested.        
Built-to-order only with options and customization - Lead time 
*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.





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Digital Transport

High performance audiophile grade products



NEW - AKE512 (Ethernet-I2S/DSD Direct Audio Player)
Complete PCM/DSD Audio Player using BeagleBone Black. 


-PCM 44.1k to 384KHz. DSD64 to DSD512 on direct I2S/DSD outputs. Multi-channel options available
-Supplied as boxed unit with Cape and BBB installed. Configured with drivers and software of choice. Ready to run!
-Safe and reliable shutdown upon mains power loss
-Clock-perfect timing for all sampling frequencies
-I2S/DSD Outputs on headers, U.FL coax, RJ45 or HDMI options.
-low jitter transformer isolated Spdif (Coax/BNC), balanced AES/EBU output options
-Outputs can connect directly to most DACs or use AKXS03/S08 for enhanced performance


-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested.  

Built-to-order only with options and customization - Lead time 
*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.


NEW - AKE192  (Ethernet-I2S/Spdif Direct Audio Player)
Complete PCM Audio Player using Raspberry Pi 


-PCM 44.1k to 192KHz on direct I2S outputs.
-Synchronous Clocking of RPi - perfect timing for all sampling frequencies
-Compatible with Pi-2/3 or Pi-Zero, HAT
-Supplied as a bundle with AKE192 HAT and choice of RPi connected ,configured with drivers and software Read to run!
-I2S Outputs on headers, U.FL coax, RJ45 or HDMI options.
-low jitter transformer isolated Spdif (Coax/BNC), balanced AES/EBU output options
-Outputs can connect directly to most DACs or use AKXS03/S08 for enhanced performance


-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested.  

Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 
*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.


AKO96  (Jitter Eliminator for Chromecast(r) Audio)


If Cloud Music Streaming is your main (or perhaps the only) source of delivery then forget PCs, RPis, Linux-brewed SBCs-The Google Chromecast Audio (GCA) is an ideal alternative! Unfortunately, the GCA output quality does not cut into Audiophile territory. The AKO96 conditions the GCA digital audio signals, buffers/re-times to highly accurate femto clocks and then regenerates clean I2S/Spdif outputs to go directly to your high end audio system. Enjoy true Audiophile quality, listening to TIDAL, Spotify, etc with this add-on!

-Supplied as enclosed module. Ready to connect to GCA and run!
-I2S Outputs on headers, U.FL coax, RJ45 or HDMI options.
-low jitter transformer isolated Spdif (Coax/BNC) output options
-Outputs can connect directly to most DACs or use AKXS03/S08 for enhanced performance


-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested

Price: from USD 235  (Free shipping worldwide!)
Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 
*design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.



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Power Supply

High performance audio grade designs

NEW RELEASE
AKR78 Super Regulator 

 
 
-Ultra-Low Noise, High Speed, High PSSR 3-Terminal LDO Regulator
-Any output from 1V to 15V
-Wide input supply range (4.5-18V).
-Suitable for direct connection to raw dc supplies. 
No pre-regulation required
-up to 500mA load @ 0.3V dropout*
-0.8uV rms noise (10Hz-100KHz), typical @3.3V*
-Self contained design. Direct connection to load and supply
-Top quality parts, 2oz Cu,gold plated, precision thin film resistors.
-Thermal paths on ground plane itself. No bulky heatsinks required**
-Vertical, horizontal or in-line mounting, standard 3-Term 78xx pinouts (pins supplied but not mounted)
-Available in standard outputs: 1.2V, 3.3V, 5V
-Ideal for powering Digital and Analog circuits
-Custom outputs possible
-Assembled and tested. 
-Miniature size: 16mm x 28m, 
close to T0-220 package
*design subject to changes. Final product may look different from what is shown. 
*Performance assured by design, component characterization and correlation with statistical process controls.

**load currents >200mA or high input-output voltages require additional heatsinking
External Heatsink-Mountable, T0-220 types etc

Excellent Performance, better than some of the popular series or even shunt regulators!

Price: USD 17.90  (Free shipping worldwide!)
In Stock / Short lead time



NEW RELEASE
AKR78X Clock Grade Regulator

-Ultra-Low Noise, Precision, High PSSR 3-Terminal LDO Regulator  
-0.8uV rms noise, typical @3.3V*
-Pure DC output with extremely low flicker noise even at sub-Hz frequencies:
 (2nV/rtHz@10KHz, 20nV/rtHz@10Hz, 70nV/rtHz@1Hz, 200nV/rtHz@0.1Hz) .  vs  ADM7150 - 50,000nV.rtHz @0.1Hz!
-Minimizes clock jitter
-Highest performance-Specifically designed for clocks and oscillators. Also ideal for Analog power of DAC/ADCs and amplifiers
-Wide input supply range (5-10V). Suitable for direct connection to raw dc supplies. 
No pre-regulation required
-up to 500mA load @ 0.3V dropout*
-Precision outputs, 0.05% initial accuracy with minimal effects from line variations or thermal effects from load drive
-Self contained design. Direct connection to load and supply
-Top quality parts, 2oz Cu,gold plated,
precision thin film resistors
-Thermal paths on ground plane itself. No bulky heatsinks required**
-Vertical, horizontal or in-line mounting, standard 3-Term 78xx pinouts (pins supplied but not mounted)
-Available in standard outputs: 3.3V, 5V  
-Custom output possible
-Assembled and tested. 
-High quality manufacturing process:
    Components press-fitted for low contact Z and then manually soldered with low thermal stress silver alloy-Not Baked or Fried!
    Double-cleaned and Silicone sealed for protection/acoustic damping.
-Miniature size: 16mm x 28mm, close to T0-220 package
*design subject to changes. Final product may look different from what is shown.  ot
*Performance assured by design, component characterization and correlation with statistical process controls.

**load currents >200mA or high input-output voltages require additional heatsinking
External Heatsink-Mountable T0-220 types etc

Excellent Performance, better than some of the popular series or even shunt regulators!

Price: USD 48 (Free shipping worldwide!)
In Stock / Short lead time 




AKR78M 'FgT Spinner'
Multi-core - 0.3uV noise, 3A and beyond!

Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 








Linear Power Supply Modules

AKP Series - Premium Power Plant



-Raw dc outputs, up to 2A
-High quality, low noise toroidal transformers
-Single, dual or triple transformer options
-Dual or bipolar output connections
-Tuned filters, snubbers and protection
-High speed schottky rectifier, low ESR Filter Capacitors  and Polypropylene bypass capacitors
-Quality board, 2oz Cu gold plated.
-Rigid base structure for mechanical strength and safety
-Connect/distribute outputs to external bulk capacitors/regulator via headers or terminal blocks

Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 




Super Audio PSU


High Capacity Ultra-low Noise Linear PSU

-High Performance Dual Independent regulated dc outputs, 
-Fixed outputs (any output from 1V to 15V options) and up to 1A continuous load current option-30% overdrive, short periods
-Ultra-low noise 0.6uV typical @3.3V, >115
db PSSR
-Low noise toroidal transformer
-High speed schottky rectifier, low ESR Capacitor bank and Polypropylene filter capacitors
-can be configured for dual or bipolar outputs

Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 







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