16 bit USB DACs

Most of these models are out of production.
They are typical for the period up to 2010 when USB audio was in its infancy.


The information below is as supplied by the manufacturer's website.

Silverstone EB01 $89.99

USB: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz


Vintage Computer Audio: SilverStone EB01B - Michael Lavorgna

ARX Audiobox USB DI-VC - $250,-

USB: 16/48

Out: XLR (transformer balanced)

Volume control



Beresford TC-7520 £149.99

Inputs: USB/COAX/TOSLINK SPDIF: 24bit/96kHz

USB: 16/48


Seperate re-clocking circuits for USB and SPDIF

Output: line, class A head- and pre-amp.

A decade later it was reviewed at ASR

HRT Musicstreamer $90,-

Texas Instruments PCM1744

USB: 16 bits/48 kHz


MusicStreamer+ $249.95


USB: 16 bits/48 kHz


Fubar IV $347.00

192 kHz Upsampling DAC / Headphone Amp with USB and S/PDIF inputs.


  • USB input - Play music directly from your computer via USB. Requires no addition software or drivers (16/48)
  • S/PDIF inputs - The Fubar 4 has inputs for both Digital Coax and Optical. A hi-end 24 Bit 96kHz DAC lets you listen to to your high definition downloads in the full resolution. You can also connect your CD and DVD player or any device with a digital output
  • Headphone Output - connect your favorite headphones to the 1/4" (6.4mm) headphone jack.
  • Gain Switch - The External gain switch lets you optimize the Fubar 4 Plus output for your headphones. Compatible with 32 - 600 Ohm headphones
  • 192 kHz Upsampling - lets you enjoy a more life-like, natural presentation
  • RCA Outputs - Using the Gold Plated RCA outputs you can connect the Fubar 4 Plus to your home stereo for playback over speakers
  • Volume Control: Controls headphone output level and doubles as a pre amp volume control for the RCA Outputs
  • Changeable OpAmps: The OPA2604 OpAmp in the headphone amplifier section is changable allowing you to try the various OpAmps available
  • Choice of Colors: Available in your choice of Black and Silver face plates


Pro-Ject USB Box $159.00

A/D converter 16-Bit Delta Sigma

Sampling rate 44,1kHz

Devilsound $279

USB: 16-bit / 32, 44.1, 48 kHz

DAC: non-oversampling (NOS). Audio playback occurs at the recorded frequency (), with no resampling, upsampling, or oversampling.


Output: RCA

Cambridge Audio DacMagic $399

32 bit Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processor (DSP)

DAC: Twin Wolfson WM8740


Digital input:

2x S/PDIF (coax & Toslink)

USB input connects direct to PC without drivers


Digital input word widths supported: 16 -24bit (16 bit for USB)
Digital input sampling frequencies supported: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz.
USB input

16 bits / 44.1,48kHz

Audio output up-sampling: Fixed 24bit/192kHz



Analog: RCA/XLR

Digital: 1x S/PDIF (coax & /Toslink)


How the adaptive mode USB of this DAC performs compared with asynchronous USB can be found here.

Cord Chordette Gem € 549,-

Digital input

  • Blue Tooth supporting A2DP Stereo Audio
  • USB input


Sampling rate: 44kHz – 96kHz


Analog output: RCA

Hegel HD10 € 1000,-

  • Digital inputs: 2*coaxial, 1*optical and 1*USB
  • USB 16 bits/48 kHz
  • Line outputs: 1 pair of XLR balanced, 1 pair of RCA unbalanced
  • Frequency response: 0 Hz to 50 KHz
  • Phase response: Linear Phase Analogue filter
  • Noise floor: Minus 140 dB
  • Distortion: Less than 0,001 %
  • Power supply: Built-in torodial transformer, 30.000 uF capacitors

PS Audio Digital Link III $995.00


Digital input

  • Optical input
  • Coaxial input
  • USB input


  • TI PCM1798 balanced DAC
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz upsampling

Analog output:

Class A discrete FET based output stage

Balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA)

Aqvox USB 2 D/A MKII - € 1000,-

Upsampling: 24 bit/192 kHz

Fully balanced design


Digital input:

  • AES/EBU:
    16kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz at 16bit / 24bit
  • COAX input
    16, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 at 16bit / 24bit
  • TOSlink input
    16, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 ( sometimes up to 176.4 and 192kHz) at 16bit / 24bit
  • USB - INput and OUTput
    16, 32, 44.1, 48, at 16bit

Dual Mono DAC (2 x Burr Brown PCM1796)
USB-Codec: Texas-Instruments PCM2906 Transceiver

Analog output:

Single ended Class A amplifiers

balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA)


Digital output: COAX, TOS, AES/EBU-Input are routed to the USB-output (up to 48kHz/16bit).

CEC DA53 € 1200,-


Digital input: USB, Optical, Coaxial, AES/EBU(XLR)


Analog output: balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA)

April Music Stello DA220MK2 $1,650

  • Supports up to 24Bit/192kHz upsampling
  • Sampling Rate Selectable: Bypass, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz
  • True 24Bit Delta-Sigma DAC
  • 4 Digital input (1 AES/EBU, 1 Coaxial, 1 Coaxial or USB selectable, 1 Toslink)
  • 3 Digital Outputs (1 AES/EBU, 1 Coaxial, 1 Toslink)
  • 2 Analog Outputs: 1 Balanced Output (XLR) & 1 Unbalanced Output (RCA)
  • Full Balanced Class A Operation Analog Stage

Bryston BDA 1 $ 2000,-

32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176, 192K sampling

Digital input:

USB (1), COAX (2), OPTICAL (2),AES-EBU (1) BNC (2)


Sample rates: 16-24Bit PCM, 16Bit 32K-48K USB


Analog output: balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA)

Bel Canto e.One DAC3 $2495


Digital input (5): AES/EBU (XLR), S/PDIF (BNC, RCA, TosLink), USB.

Sample rates: 32–96kHz (S/PDIF, AES/EBU), 32kHz–48kHz (USB).

Analog output: RCA (1 pair), balanced XLR (1 pair).

BD-Design € 2.769,-

Digital input: Asynchronous USB

No oversampling and no analog or digital filter

16bit @ 44.1kHz WAV/ FLAC only

Analog output: RCA (1 pair)

Chord QBD76 £ 3000,-


Digital input:
2 x SP/DIF BNC Coax
2 x AES Balanced XLR Input
2 x Plastic fibre optic ( TOSlink )
1 x USB ( B type )
1 x Bluetooth supporting A2DP Stereo Audio


Sample frequencies 32kHz – 96kHz Single Cable,
176kHz & 192kHz Dual Cable ( Dual data mode )

Random master clock jitter of less than 3pS cycle to cycle

Analog output: 2 X RCA / 2 X balanced (XLR)