Ultra Hi-Fi Digital Audio

Overview
HD Audio project based on the highly acclaimed ESS Sabre32 series. This project uses the the flagship ES9018 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.

Products and services by Ackolabs Pty Ltd, Australia


 
General Enquiries:
 
 
  
E-Store
 


AKD12P MKII - 100MHz 2CH DAC Module
-best possible DAC, cost-no-object!

-ES9018 DAC Chip in stereo mode 
-1GHz Rogers board, 2oz copper, Gold finish
-6GHz U.FL coax headers for digital inputs
-2CH I2S, DSD and TTL Spdif inputs
-up to 1.5MHz sampling rate
-Stereo or Dual Mono operation
-Synchronous or Asynchronous operation
-Optimized direct connections. No jumpers, switches or links
-Separate power supply inputs with on-board filters and regulators. (Unaffected by long supply leads)
-Low noise LDOs for Digital power
-Precision ultra-pure supply for Analog power (<0.5uV rms noise)
-Options for mounting 3-Term Regs for Analog power.
-Options for mounting additional high performance components 
-Simple setup. Can be powered by a single 5V master supply or better still separate supplies for Analog and Digital sections
-Requires external Master Clock (via U.FL connector) or mount XO (e.g.  Crystek CCHD575 series or other 5x7mm types)
-Requires External controller (AKC12, HIFIDUINO or equiv.)
-Voltage or Current Output mode
-Requires External IV for current mode drive (e.g AKV12 or transformers)
-User's Manual and support information provided
-Supplied as shown. Options are extra at cost

Unit Price USD 485.00 
- In Stock


 

DAC Controller AKC-12 MKII


-Full Control of DAC module via on-board switches, memory or remote control
-Galvanically Isolated I2C port to DAC 
-High performance MCU with NV flash memory for 'soft' switches and
 settings (all registers).
-ESS Digital Volume Control
-Remote Control of DAC module via PC, iPads* or similar devices.
 (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
-Panel Mountable
-Supported Devices: 9012, 9018(stereo) and 9016(stereo) 
-Assembled and Tested
-User's Manual with support info supplied
 
Unit Price: USD 280.00 
In Stock

*iPads or similar devices can be connected directly or using WiFi module AKW802.  Suitable connectors and App required (not supplied). 




NEW RELEASE
2CH USB-I2S/DSD Audio Module-AKU384



"High frequency Rogers board"
 
-HiRes, Bit-Perfect 32bits I2S - 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, 176.4k, 192k, 352.8k and 384k
-DSD 64,128,256 and 512
-Based on Amanero and AKL-S03 Digital Isolator/Re-Clocker
-Dual Ultra-low Phase Noise Synchronous Audio Clocks
-Buffered Outputs on micro coax (u.fl) headers
-Direct connection to most DACs
-Drives ESS DACs in 'Turbo' Sync mode for the highest performance.
-All separate ultra-low noise (1uV rms) power supply and filters on board with very high PSSR
-Ultra pure 3.3V supply (<0.5uV rms noise) for Oscillator section. Options for external supply from batteries, etc
-I2C Port for reading sample rates directly from transport
-Led sample rate indicators on-board.
-Wide input supply 5-12V d.c. Regulated or unregulated
-Gold plated 2oz Rogers 4003 board 
-Selection of finest components
-Assembled and tested
 
built-to-order only ~4wks lead time

Unit Price: USD 485 



AckoDAC 8CH DAC Module - AKD18


-ES9018 chip
-Full 8 Channels for 7.1 Surround Sound Applications or Digital XO
-Also possible, 1, 2, 4 or 6-CH modes
-Teflon board,.
-Requires External Controller (AKC18) 
-Requires External HDMI Decoder (AKM) or 8CH I2S/DSD source
-Requires External power 3.3V & 1.2V (e.g AKR)
-Requires External IV (AKV-8 or equiv)
-Built to Order: ~4wks
-Unit Price: USD 375


8CH DAC Controller - AKC18 

-As AKC12 but with 8CH VOL and Master VOL
-Full remote control
-9018 and 9016 DACs
-Built to Order: ~2wks
-Unit Price: USD 448






Integrated Combo













DAC, Controller, 8-CH USB audio (EXA or USBPAL) and power supplies all integrated on-board (Teflon pcb)
-Requires external 8CH IV
PN: AKD12-CB-58
Price: Enquire


Multi-Channel IV Module - AKV-8 (NEW)
-Balanced (XLR) outputs

TBA



NEW RELEASE
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

AKD12P MKII -The most musically advanced DAC!


-ES9018 -2CH DAC 
-High frequency, impedance controlled Teflon-Rogers pcb
-Gold-over-Silver plating
-Selection of finest components
-Manually soldered using low thermal stress, high conductivity Silver Alloy
-Engineered to perfection!
-lots of options ....
-Anodized "Lapis lazuli" finish 
Made in Australia
(limited edition)






E-Store

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ADC products
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AKA102* - Ultra ADC for HD Audio Recording/Digital Mastering
(based on ES9102)        

-HiRes, full 32bits conversion
-Native sampling rates up to 384KHz
-Balanced/Unbalanced inputs
-I2S and Spdif outputs
-Precision digital filters for tailoring response, including RIAA
-127 dB dynamic range and 120dB THD
-Hardware and software mode control
-Highly optimised layout on a compact board 58mm x 58mm
-Support information provided

* - Basic ADC module only. 
   - Requires external 3.3V and 1.2V low noise supplies e.g AKR series
   - Requires external Buffer for line inputs e.g AKB102 (see below)
   - Requires external controller for software mode operation and full control e.g AKC102 (TBA)


- In Stock
-Unit Price: USD 285 



AKB102 - Precision Buffer for ADC      

-Matching ADC Buffer for line inputs. 
-High drive capability with unique ground plane heatsink
-Precision film resistors and polypropylene capacitors
-Anti-Aliasing Filters
-Precision ultra-pure common-mode reference (<0.5uV rms noise)
-Balanced/Unbalanced inputs (RCA or headers)
-Ultra low noise OpAmp
-Highly optimised layout on a compact board 58mm x 58mm
-Support information provided

-Requires external +/- 9V-12V low noise supplies e.g AKR47
-Single channel only. 2 modules required for 2 channels of ADC module AKA102B

Non stock item
built-to-order only ~8-10wks lead time
-Unit Price: USD 235 





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MISC. Products
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AKL-S03   Digital Isolator & Re-clocker


e.g. connection to Amanero

-High Speed Galvanic Isolation with -Synchronous or Asynchronous re-clocking.capability
-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. 
-Ultra-low jitter Dual Synchronous Audio Clock (98.304MHz/90.3168MHz or 49.152MHz/45.1584MHz options) - Master Clock
-Divided Slave Clocks @ 22.5792MHz/24.576MHz, compatible with most digital transports
-External clock option =>  More ...
-All buffered outputs with high drive capability
-GHz rated switching components
-Clean, bit-perfect outputs w.r.t. reference Clocks
-Direct connection to most DACs
-Drives ESS DACs in 'Turbo' Sync mode for the highest performance.


Assembled and Tested.             
- Built-to-order ~1-2 wks

S03 with 98.304MHz/90.3168MHz Dual Master Clocks (100M). Up to 768KHz PCM, DSD1024
-Unit Price: USD 250 (1 unit left. long lead times!)

S03 with 49.152MHz/45.1584MHz Dual Master Clocks (50M). Up to 384KHz PCM, DSD512
-Unit Price: USD 235

S03 with 24.576MHz/22.5792MHz* Dual Master Clocks (25M). Up to 192KHz PCM, DSD256
*Has the lowest phase noise compared with 100M and 50M models
-Unit Price: USD 235


S03 to BBB-I2S Interface Adapter Module 
- Connect to BBB as shown below. I2S outputs on U.FL conntectors

- Direct connections to S03 board

-Unit Price: USD 35

S03 to BBB-I2S/DSD Interface Adapter Module

-Auto I2S/DSD switching
-Safe shutdown upon mains power loss (LiPo 3.7V Battery required - connect to BBB battery terminal => [Link])
-Mounts on P9 connnector of BBB => [Pic])
-Isolated I2C
-Connections to S03 using U.FL coax or header =>  [Pic]

-Unit Price: USD 105
Built-to-order only - Lead time ~3-4wks

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Clocks and Oscillators

NEW RELEASE
AKX711  Ultra Clock
-Precision Oven Controlled Ultra-low Jitter Master Clock module 
 for high end Pro-Audio application
- Frequency range 10 to 100MHz
- +/-0.1 ppm Frequency stability @ 25'C

-  Femtosecond jitter
- High quality ultra-low noise linear power supplies for oscillator section
- High speed buffer and driver with dual outputs on 6GHz U.FL coax headers
- Power Requirements: 6V - 12V DC regulated or unregulated
Select Frequency






NEW RELEASE
AKX511D  Dual Clock
-Ultra-low Jitter Dual Clock module 
 for high end Pro-Audio application
- Frequency range 10 to 100MHz
- High quality ultra-low noise linear power supplies for oscillator section
- High speed buffer and driver with dual outputs on 6GHz U.FL coax headers
- Power Requirements: 6V - 12V DC regulated or unregulated
- Clock select lines

Select Frequency





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Power Supply Products
High performance audio grade designs

NEW RELEASE
AKR75 Super Regulator 


   
-Ultra-Low Noise, High PSSR 3-Terminal LDO Regulator
-based on ADM715x series
-Any output from 1.2V to 5V
-Wide input supply range (4.5-15V).
-
>90dB PSSR
 
-Suitable for direct connection to unregulated dc supplies. 
No pre-regulation required
-up to 800mA output @ 0.6V dropout*
-1.6uV rms noise, typical @3.3V
-On-board input filters and decouplers - unaffected by long supply leads. 
-Self contained design. Direct connection to load and supply. No additional I/O components required
-Thermal paths on ground plane itself. No bulky heatsinks required**
-Vertical, horizontal or in-line mounting, standard 3-Term 78xx pinouts (pins not mounted or supplied)
-Available in popular outputs: 1.2V, 1.8V, 3.3V, 3.6V, 4V and  5V
-Custom outputs possible
-Assembled and tested
-Options to tweak for even higher performance. Support information provided
-Compact size: 16mm x 37mm


* 200mA max for 1.2V version

**load currents >200mA or high input-output voltages require additional heatsinking
External Heatsink-Mountable (except 1.2V version)
In Stock
Select Output
*Or Enter Custom Output Value















NEW RELEASE
AKR47  Super Regulator 

     
-High Speed, Ultra-Low Noise, 3-Terminal LDO Regulator
-based on TPS7A47
-Any output from 1.8V to 30V
-Wide input supply range (3-36V)
-up to 1A output with 0.3V dropout
-5uV rms noise, typical @5V
-On-board input filters and decouplers - unaffected by long supply leads
-Direct connection to source and load. No other I/O components required
-Thermal paths on ground plane itself. No bulky heatsinks required*
-Vertical or horizontal mounting, standard 3-Term 78xx pinouts
-15mm x 37mm
-Available in standard outputs: 1.8V, 3.3V, 3.6V, 4V, 5V, 6V, 9V,12V, 15V and 18V
-Custom outputs possible
-Assembled and tested
-Options to tweak for even higher performance. Support information provided
-Built to order ~1wk

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

In Stock
-Unit Price: USD 35
Select Output
*Enter Custom Output Value
















NEW
AKR48  Super Regulator (Negative Supplies)

     
-High Speed, Ultra-Low Noise, Negative output 3-Terminal LDO Regulator
-based on 
TPS7A33
-Any output from -1.8V to -30V
-Wide input supply range (-3 to -36V)
-up to 1A output with 0.4V dropout
-16uV rms noise, typical @5V
-On-board input filters and decouplers - unaffected by long supply leads
-Direct connection to source and load. No other I/O components required
-Thermal paths on ground plane itself. No bulky heatsinks required*
-Vertical or horizontal mounting, standard 3-Term 79xx pinouts
-30mm x 20mm
-Available in standard outputs: -1.8V, -3.3V, -5V, -6V, -9V, -12V, -15V and -18V
-Custom outputs possible
-Assembled and tested
-Options to tweak for even higher performance. Support information provided
-Compact size: 15mm x 37mm
-Built to order ~1wk

*load currents >200mA or high input-output voltages require additional heatsinking
External heatsink mountable


- Availability: TBA
-Unit Price: USD 35





NEW RELEASE
PSU Carrier Board


e.g. Assembly


-Mount up to 3 AKR Regulators on a convenient carrier board.
-Bridge rectifiers, Filter Caps and terminal connectors
-Connect directly to load or use as a Master PSU/Pre-Regulator for distributed supplies
-Empty board only. No components mounted or supplied.
-Support information provided
            
In Stock
-Unit Price: USD 25 

 


Trafos Boards

15/25VA Single Toroidal Transfromer Board

    
                                                   e.g. Assembly

-High performance Single Toroidal Transformer board
-
Supplied as empty boards only. Suitable for 15VA or 25VA pcb toroids
-62mm x 80mm

In Stock
-Unit Price: USD 25


15/25VA Dual Toroidal Transfromer Board

     
                                                                   e.g. Assembly


-High performance Dual Toroidal Transformer board
-
Supplied as empty boards only. Suitable for 15VA or 25VA pcb toroids
-124mm x 80mm

In Stock
-Unit Price: USD 35



Super Audio PSU


High Capacity Ultra-low Noise

-High Performance Dual Independent dc outputs, 
-Fixed outputs (any output from 1.2V to 24V options) and up to 1A continuous load current option
-Ultra-low noise 1.6uV @3.3V, >
90db PSSR
-Low noise toroidal transformer (detachable)
-High speed schottky rectifier, low ESR Capacitor bank (12,000uf) and Polypropylene filter capacitors
-can be configured for dual or bipolar outputs

- Built to order ~2wks



Triple Output Ultra-low Noise

-Low power Triple Independent dc outputs, 
-Fixed outputs (any output from 1.2V to 24V options)
-Ultra-low noise 1.6uV @3.3V, >90db PSSR
-Up to 400mA continuous load current. Up to 1A peak, non-
repetitive
-Unique ground plane heatsink
-High speed schottky rectifier, low ESR Filter Capacitors  and Polypropylene bypass capacitors
-Connect to external mains transformers, batteries or switch-mode power supplies

- Built to order ~2wks






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