Denafrips Ares II R-2R DAC
Denafrips Ares II R-2R DAC
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Sometimes, older is better. The Denafrips Ares II R-2R DAC makes use of the very first form of digital-to-analog conversion, a resistor ladder, to deliver exceptional audio Read More
Pure Resistor-Driven Audio Conversion

Sometimes, older is better. The Denafrips Ares II R-2R DAC makes use of the very first form of digital-to-analog conversion, a resistor ladder, to deliver exceptional audio. Unlike modern processing chips that decode signals digitally, resistor ladders respond to voltage pulses from the original analog sine wave signal. With quality resistors, this design leads to higher audio fidelity that doesn’t require extra analog filtering. The 20-bit/1536KHz, native DSD1024 Ares II uses ultra-precise resistors configured in a true balanced R-2R design where each channel is decoded by four R-2R networks. The result is very small linear error, low digital noise, high decoding speed, and expressive audio across all frequencies.

Note: At checkout, choose a 110V or 220V power option.

  • Denafrips
  • Proprietary R2R + DSD architecture
  • True balanced 20bit  R2R + 6BIT DSD (32-step FIR Filters)
  • Native DSD decoding with 0.01% precision resistors
  • DSD64-DoP on all inputs
  • DSD1024 on USB input
  • PCM 24bits / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192KHz an all inputs
  • PCM 1536kHz on USB input
  • Digital inputs: (2) coaxial, (2) TOSLink, (1) USB 
  • Analog outputs: RCA at 2.2Vrms and 625 ohms, XLR at 4.4Vrms and 1250 ohms
  • Sampling mode: Non-oversampling NOS, oversampling OS
  • Filter selection: Slow / sharp
  • AC power requirement: 110/240VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: ≤20W
  • Frequency response: 20–70KHz, -3dB
  • THD+N: 0.004%
  • S/N ratio: 115dB
  • Dynamic range: >119dB
  • Stereo crosstalk: -124dB
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 9.1 x 1.8 in (215 x 230 x 45 mm)
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Power adapter

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Oct 15, 2019 PT.

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Recent Activity
I now have an Ares 2, a Pontus, and a Terminator. Here is the deal... the terminator is so good that it will point out any other weaknesses you have in your chain, meaning it won’t sound good until the rest of your chain is good...but once the rest of your chain is good...holy shit. So don’t buy a terminator unless you have a lot more money to spend. My stereo system is the best system I have ever heard, so now my next logical step is getting professional room treatment, so I have put in a work order with vicoustics. I am using terminator with pass labs Aleph L and L-07m going to Martin logan ascent ii on Gaia II isolators. + 2x Rel t9i’s. The system is already an S+ without room treatment. the Pontus, this is a step up from the ares 2 because you can use AES and i2s. (Which can be used with a Pi2aes) This makes a big difference. This dac is a safe bet. It won’t ever sound as good as terminator, but it won’t ever sound as bad as terminator on a bad chain. It is more forgiving than terminator. Makes this DAC an excellent choice if you aren’t planning to spend a ton of money. I’m currently using Pontus on my office headphone rotation with pass labs Aleph P and Moon 430HA. ares2 is the most forgiving dac it makes everything sound good but it can never sound as good as Pontus or terminator when their chains are proper. it has far less detail than the other two dacs but it still manages to sound good. It’s the most colored of the 3 and its major set back is it doesn’t have aes or i2s. All 3 of these dacs should be used for music playback only. Not for games or movies or DJ equipment.