A DSD256 DAC that sets a new standard in D/A conversion
The Zodiac Platinum DSD D/A converter takes audio to a new level, offering the audiophile community the most comprehensive, top-end DSD and PCM sample rate support, and most uncompromising quality available in a DAC, complete with 2nd generation Voltikus PSU and a 10 Mhz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock.
The widest DSD and PCM Support
The Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC supports up to DSD128 (Double-DSD) and 384kHz, 24-bit streaming to a custom-designed, ultra-low jitter USB connection, as well as AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK PCM support.
The DSD features include a unique 256X upsampling mode where DSD64 and DSD128 are upsampled to DSD256, thereby releasing the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics.
The unit compliments the high-resolution PCM inputs with switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA and Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.
Signature Antelope clocking
The foundation of the Zodiac Platinum is the renowned 64-bit, Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which stand as a guarantee of unprecedented sound quality – used by the best recording, mastering, and post production studios around the world.
In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference, and uncompromising digital to analog conversion.
Distinctive pedigree and highly evolved technology
Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual-stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful predecessor, the Zodiac Gold. It also comes with supplied with the 2nd Generation Voltikus external audiophile grade power supply and an elegant remote control.
Free PC, Mac, and mobile control software is available for total control of the Zodiac.
WIDEST DSD SUPPORT
Support for DSD64, DSD128, via USB (DoP) and a unique DSD upsampling mode to DSD256.
HIGHEST SAMPLE RATES
An Antelope-designed custom USB chip offers ultra-low jitter and streaming support for up to DSD128 and 384kHz PCM – four times higher than similar devices.
The unique DSD upsampling mode from DSD64 and DSD128 to DSD256 takes advantage of lower-order modulators and gentler noise reduction filters for the purest possible reproduction… All the detail that DSD is capable of.
Direct-To-Analog DSD conversion
The Zodiac Platinum converts DSD directly to analog for optimum performance – it does not convert to PCM then on to Analog as others do.
FPGA PCM Upsampling
For natural detail and stunning stereo imaging even in PCM mode, switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)
Quad DAC architecture
Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.
Acoustically Focused Clocking technology
Antelope AFC with 64-bit DSP, backed by an ultra-low jitter, oven-controlled crystal oscillator for detailed and focused sound.
Precision Relay Control
Fast, quiet, precise, and dedicated stepped relay attenuators for left and right outputs – accurate to 0.05dB. Relay-based Input and output trims with front panel control.
Dual, variable impedance headphone outputs
Headphone outputs are relay-based, fed by dual-stage drivers with impedance control.
New Voltikus PSU Included
Antelope’s 2nd generation, triple regulated power supply with integrated power line filtering, new high-performance power cable, and precision locking power connection.
Atomic Clock Input
Direct connection for the 10M – Antelope’s 10MHz Rubidium atomic master clock for the ultimate reference, ultimate quality, and ultimate imaging.
Zodiac Control Panel
Control application for Mac, PC, and mobile gives full access to Zodiac functionality.
Automatic, internet-based device updates
Aluminum IR remote
Main volume, headphone volume
A PSU especially designed to fit your Zodiac DAC
Voltikus is a sleek heavy-duty Power Supply Unit (PSU) designed to perfectly match your Zodiac DAC. Carefully tailored to deliver uncompromised power, Voltikus helps Zodiac achieve the punch and sonic richness of deep lows, a full range of mids, and tightly defined highs. This degree of performance is accomplished by incorporating a hefty, custom-wound, electrostatically shielded toroidal transformer followed by a unique concept of three cascaded power regulators.
A precision laser-trimmed voltage reference (LT1021) serves as the backbone of this discrete design, achieving the stability impossible with off-the-shelf voltage regulators. Voltikus is a true engineering breakthrough from Antelope’s respected team of high-end audio experts.