The latest Tubadour III "SE"- Signature Edition is the upgraded version of the base model including upgrades not available on previous model. It is a Non - oversampling DAC based on Analog Devices best sounding and most musical chip. It is a all format DAC with tube IV conversion stage. It employs AES, Coax. Optical, USB and I2S input. 16-32 bit up to 384kHz. It plays natively PCM. DSD can be played by using the option "convert on the fly" on most of the music players. For example Audirvana, Amarra, Foobar, Roon, Euphony and many others can do this "on the fly". Conversion doesn't compromise the quality in any way. So yes you can enjoy DSD files also. Signature edition comes with Duelund caps on the signal path. They are considered one of the best sounding caps. It also includes Z-Foil "naked" Vishay resistors in the IV and tube section. It has better lower noise power supplies for the USB and I2S inputs with better OSCON caps. IEC power inlet is Furutech - Gold. One of the new features is the IsoAcoustics "GAIA" vibration absorbing/isolation feet. They improve the clarity and focus of the sound. It's like you replaced the interconnect cable with a High-End one. Silver RCA unbalanced outputs. Balanced outputs are optional. After long journey for many years, trying ESS Sabre dac chips, Delta sigma dacs over and non-oversampling dacs, single bit and multibit dacs we are back to the best sounding chip - Analog devises multibit R2R DAC. This is the most analog, musical and no artifically sounding DAC. Base price is $2500. New addittion to this DAC is the option to order it with SR orange fuse.
When you buy Tubadour III SE DAC with SR orange fuse the total will be $2620 (you save $39.95).
TUBADOUR III SE Nonoversampling Tube DAC $2500
S/PDIF, AES 44.1 - 192kHz
Optical/Tosslink 44.1 - 96kHz
USB, I2S, PCM 44.1 - 384kHz
DSD - coverterted by player to PCM "on the fly"
Up to 24 bit over S/PDIF, AES, Tosslink
Up to 32 bit over USB and I2S
optional balanced output:
1. When using XLR cables shorter than 1m - Free
2. When using cables longer than 1m employing special balanced output transformers - $170
SR orange fuse :
13 x 12 x 3 inches