Ultra Hi-Fi Digital Audio

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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:
 
 
  
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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 inputs direct--  PCM up to 768KHz and DSD512
-Spdif (TTL) 192KHz input x1. For advanced input options see AKX-S08
-Optimized direct connections. No jumpers, switches or links in signal paths.
-4 layer, Gold Plated board optimized for high speed mixed signals
-Truly modular design with options to mix and match as desired
-On-board low phase noise clock for Asynchronous operation.
-Options for on-board clock upgrade and external Master Clock.e.g for Synchronous operation (AKX-S08 required)
-All separate power supply points. Require 3.3V x5 and 1.2V x3 external supplies (e.g. AKR78 series)
-Voltage or Current Output mode
-Requires External IV for current mode drive (e.g AKV32 series) -  (not included)
-Full Control of DAC module via on-board switches, memory or remote control.
-High performance Controller 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). 
-Advanced features: THD Compensation and AGC for matched performance. Master Mode Clocking
-OS & hardware independent Comms API.
-Low-level I2C comms or easy to use high level functions
-Mono, Stereo and Multichannel versions. Controls up to two DACs automatically
-Master control option of other connected devices
-User's Manual with comprehensive integration guide and support information provided. 
-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  
(All-in-one: Stereo, Mono or Multi-channel - up to 16 Channels!)

options, customization and complete boxed unit possible
Price: from USD 385  (Free shipping worldwide!)
In Stock / Short lead time

For more advanced products see ->  

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-NEW-
AKX-S08*   Universal Digital Input Module
(with advanced Digital Isolation, Re-clocking, DSP and Synchronous Master Clock)

-Combo module integrating Multiple Digital Inputs, DSP and Advanced System Clock all on a single board!
-Simply Connect any stock I2S/DSD, Spdif/AES, Optical sources direct to the inputs. e.g Amanero USB, WaveIO, RPi, BeagleBone, Chromecast, HDMI audio, etc. 
-No special drivers, interface boards or mods required to source devices.
-Multiple input connections, source select and control by DAC unit (AKD32/38) itself. 
-Advanced Feature: When used with RPi and Volumio or Roon, direct digital control of DAC volume and other functions possible
-Standard build: Spdif Coax x1, AES/EBUx1, Optical x1, I2S port x2. Options for HDMI Audio and Analog Inputs
-High quality transformer coupled Spdif and AES/EBU inputs. True balanced processing for both Spdif and AES signals
-High Speed Galvanic Isolation and  Reclocking of data signals
-Conditions signals for DAC inputs with greater accuracy by referencing timing to very high quality clocks right at the start
-Clock-Perfect and Bit-Perfect timing regardless of source type. Eliminates Jitter!
-All types of inputs are processed equally. Theoretically no difference in sound quality whatever the source type.
-Digital Inputs I2S 44.1k to 768KHz. DSD64 to DSD512. DSD1024 option possible.
-Advanced Feature:  DSP upsampling and conversion of PCM to DSD option built-in HW  e.g. PCM 44.1KHz to DSD256!
-Dual Fs family Ultra-low jitter 'femto' Clocks on-board with upgrade options to premium OCXO types or even external clocks
-I2S/DSD outputs - 2CH/8CH options
-All buffered outputs with high drive capability - up to two DACs can be driven (dual mono)
-GHz rated switching components
-U.FL coax headers for direct connection to AKD32/38 series DACs
-All separate ultra noise power supplies on board
-Acoustic damping of sensitive clock sections
-4 layer, Gold Plated board optimized for high speed signals. Pro-Audio quality
-Drives AKD32/38 series DACs in full synchronous mode for all types of sources(including Spdif and Optical)


-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. 



AKV32 Pure Class A IV Output Stage*
-High performance discrete design to bring out the best from ES9038PRO
-Balanced and SE Outputs
-Highly linear Class A design for the lowest distortion and best dynamics
-True Class A operation from zero to full load
-Achieves IV conversion, filtering, level translation and output drive all in a single stage
-Easily drives low impedance amplifier and even 16 ohm headphones
-Mounts directly on top of AKD32/38 DAC unit (Shield)

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 100W @0.001% THD+N. Up to 4X linear 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. 











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 output channels per module, balanced or unbalanced signals




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AKD38 -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 ....








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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
-Master or Slave clocking schemes.
-Advanced feature: Direct Digital Volume Control of any DAC* via Roon, Volumio or local analog Pot

-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.
*DAC must have digital volume control capability and interface for comms e.g ESS series, AKM series, etc


NEW - AKH192   Multi-channel HDMI to I2S

-Unique module for decoding HDMI LPCM Audio and outputs I2S to go direct to DAC/DSP.
-HDMI AV pass-thru port to HDTV or Home Cinema System for seamless integration.
-Supplied as boxed unit and ready to run!  -Stereo, Multi-channel I2S Outputs on HDMI, UFL coax or header options
-Compatible with Chromecast-Ultra (HDMI) and Blu-Ray Players (HDMI). Up to 192KHz Fs, 24bit audio

*For professional audio applications an HDMI-AES/EBU version on 4xXLR outputs is available

Create advanced surround sound systems with active cross-over and room correction when used with AKD38 DAC/DSPs !

-Users Guide and Support Information Provided
-Assembled and Tested

Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time . 
Note: This product contains licensed technology and restricted for use with AKD32/38 series DACs only. Not available separately
**design subject to changes for improvements. Final product may look different from what is shown.



NEW - AKD38H   Multi-channel HDMI DAC
-Ultra-HiFi HDMI DAC/AV Receiver using AKH192 and AKD38 series 9038PRO DAC
-Advanced Dirac Live ™  Room Correction technology integrated
-2 HDMI Inputs and one HDMI AV pass-thru output to HDTV or Home Cinema System for seamless integration.
-Supplied as boxed unit and ready to run!  -Stereo, Multi-channel, 5.1 and 7.1CH Surround Sound
-Outperforms some of the best commercial AV receivers!
-Compatible with Chromecast-Ultra (HDMI) and Blu-Ray Players (HDMI). Up to 192KHz Fs, 24bit 8-CH audio

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 - AKA102   ADC Module, 384kHz, 24bit

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-High performance ADC module for adding Analog line to DACs
-384KHz/24bit sampling for wideband high quality conversion with minimal Nyquist effects.
-118dB THD + Noise and 124dB DNR preserves the pristine original analog audio (e.g from Vinyl) for for true-to-life quality.
-Stereo I2S Outputs on UFL coax or header options
*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
-Suitable 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


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

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



AKR79 Negative Regulator

-Ultra-Low Noise, High Speed, High PSSR 3-Terminal Negative Regulator
-Any output from -5V to -15V
-Wide input supply range (-6V to -18V).
-Suitable for direct connection to raw dc supplies. 
No pre-regulation required
-up to 250mA load current
-1uV rms noise (10Hz-100KHz), typical @-5V*
-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)
-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

Price: USD 48  (Free shipping worldwide*!)
Built-to-order only with options and customization- Lead time 
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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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