Saturday February 04, 2017

Oppo Releases Sonica DAC with Flagship ESS Sabre Pro Chip

I am a couple of days late on this one (their availability e-mails never seem to reach me), but Oppo has finally released their Sonica DAC, which may be of interest to those of you who are looking to upgrade their desktop sound. Personally, I think a solid DAC and studio monitors are the way to go for computer audioآ—it’s a simple chain that provides neutral, powerful sound that is clear of problems like EMI (which I used to consistently run into with traditional soundcards).

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At high-end audio shows, I typically lose count of how many Oppo UDPs enjoy a prime spot in equipment stacks. Now, with the Sonica DAC ($800), Oppo eliminates spinning discs from the equation and presents a machine tailored that to the task of reproducing two-channel audio with exceptional quality. Asynchronous USB DAC capability means you can use the Sonica with a PC or Mac, and you can connect USB storage devices to it. The Sonica DAC also supports DLNA servers, Bluetooth, and AirPlay. With USB input support for PCM audio up to 32-bit / 768 kHz and DSD512, it can handle pretty much any audio file out there. It’s also quite adept at handling high-resolution audio over a network. When streaming, it can handle up to 24-bit /192 kHz PCM as well as DSD64.