Choosing Zodiac means you are taking a big step into a new world of digital sound clarity, where your listening experience will expand with warmth and detail. Connect your PC, Mac, CD player or any other digital source and enjoy sublime performance from the high grade headphone amplifiers or analog outputs to your speakers.
We consider our 64-bit Oven Clock the most important technology in delivering the signature Antelope sound. While interfacing with common digital audio signal sources, Zodiac technology leaps ahead, resulting in pristine audio normally only obtained by professionals. Custom circuit designs handle the digital audio to produce incredible results that have not been seen or heard before.
Great sound is not something that goes out of fashion, so Zodiac is a DAC to be enjoyed for many years to come.
Oven controlled clock
Often overlooked, the quality of the clock is extremely important when high quality audio is desired. The clock is housed in a shielded container where the temperature is kept constant, therefore bringing significant benefits to the detail, dynamics and stereo placement of the audio.
Sophisticated 64-bit algorithms allow precise control over our Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and Jitter Management; two critical components to improve audio via clocking. The incoming digital signal is brought to life with this unique 64-bit technology, resulting in smooth and detailed audio whatever the method of digital connectivity.
Antelope Performance USB
Custom implementation of the USB chip leads to extreme audio performance and comprehensive support for your system. There are user selectable modes tailored to suit both Mac and PC; and with a data transfer rate of 480Mbits flawless audio is achieved with native drivers.
Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps deliver smooth sound at both high and low levels. Custom designed for accurate monitoring with a wide range of headphone impedances. Controlled by a dedicated volume knob.
To preserve the full bit resolution of the DAC, volume adjustment is entirely in the analog domain. Separate analog and digital power supplies eliminate digital cross-talk. This is further enhanced by keeping analog and digital circuits on separate PCB's. These gold plated boards utilize large internal ground plains, cancelling noise and voltage shifts.
Nuts and Bolts
All component decisions for Zodiac are based on a passion to produce something very special - technically, musically and aesthetically. Built with many solid aluminium parts and also very cute on the eye, it will be your pride and joy just like it is our passion.
- Custom USB chip streams audio up to 96kHz
- Antelope Oven Clock for supreme stability
- 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC)
- 129dB Dynamic Range
- THD+N: 0.0004%
- Ultra Linear, Dual Stage Headphone Amps
- Accurate Level Display for Main Volume
- 2x S/PDIF coaxial Inputs
- 2x Optical TOSLINK inputs
- USB on mini B type connector
- Balanced Analog Outputs on XLR
- Unbalanced Analog Outputs on RCA
In the box
- ZODIAC High Definition 192kHz D/A converter
- Printed Documentation
- DC Power Supply
- IEC type power cable
- USB cable
- Optical TOSLINK cable
Size and weight
- Height: 112mm, 4.4"
- Width: 165mm, 6.5"
- Depth: 190mm, 7.5"
- Weight: 2kg, 4.4 lb