The HD30 is the ultimate digital control center. It does everything you can dream of and does so with world-class quality. There is an abundance of inputs, ranging from balanced AES/EBU and BNC connectors, to Network and USB connections - with the latter also accepting DSD signals. The built-in volume attenuator allows you to connect directly to a power amplifier or a pair of active loudspeakers. Highly advanced power supplies and careful lay-out brings the noise floor down towards a mindblowing -150 dB. In short... Do you even dare to try it?
When designing a digital-to-analog converter of world-class, you are essentially making a masterpiece. One for others to try and copy. It is not enough to select the best components on the market and lay them out cleverly. When creating a masterpiece, you must question if you can make it better than the best. The HD30 was just such a masterpiece project. To reach goals that, up until now, was seen as unobtainable, we need to tweak the world’s best-measuring equipment available. Just to be able to fine-tune our clock crystals and power supplies. We designed master clocks from the ground up and went to great lengths to design ultra-low noise power supplies and shielding from outside interference.
The results are stunning. The musicality of the HD30 is at a level never before heard. You can experience instruments and virtually feel the room they play in. You feel the smile widening in your face and the hair rising on your arms when the HD30 begins to play. The finger touching the string, a millisecond before the guitar starts to sound. The singer drawing that breath of anticipation right before he starts playing in front of a live crowd. Whether you choose to use Apple AirPlay, a CD-player, a computer or any other device. The HD30 will bring all the music and enthusiasm that exists in the recording.
DAC resolution: Dual mono 32 bit/192 kHz multilevel sigma-delta DAC
Line output: 2.6 V RMS
Digital inputs: 1 x coaxial, 3 x optical, 1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x BNC, 1 x AES/EBU
Analog outputs: 1 x fixed line level (RCA), 1 x fixed line level (Balanced XLR)
Distortion: Typical 0.0005%
Frequency response: 0 Hz - 50 kHz
Noise floor: Typically -150 dB
Power supply: Separate torodial transformers for analog/digital 54,000 μF capacitors
Output impedance: 22 ohms unbalanced and 44 ohms balanced
Control input: 1 x IR-direct mini-jack
Finish: Black and Silver
Dimensions/weight: 8 cm (10 cm w/feet) x 43 cm x 31 cm (HxWxD), 6,5 kg
Dimensions/weight US: 3.14" (3.93" w/feet) x 16.93" x 12.20" (HxBxD), 14.3lbs
The HD30 is an excellent and versatile digital source. Music lovers moving with the times will be able to easily upgrade their systems to some truly hi-end level, and those who are still not convinced will get the ticket to the world of digital music with some streaming options. In terms of sound, the HD30 gives, above all, outstanding balance, neutrality and spectacular soundstage, which is very close to what we can get from a very nice turntable.