D/A Converter Atoll DAC 100

Under the affordable DACs in this test, one of the testers when compared were hardest separate was clearly the atoll DAC 100 (550 euro).

  1. D/A converter atoll DAC 100
  2. Data sheet

Together with the Restek’s atoll DAC100 the only native Europeans in the test. Like its more expensive relatives – about the multichannel player SACD 200 from issue 7/2010 – the cheap converter is created completely in France. The boards are mounted in the main factory in Normandy by hand, soldered, and tested, the sheet metal chassis comes from Brittany, the aluminium front panels lasert a supplier in the department, Lorraine, the PSU a partner from the Rhone River.

Also non-francophile HiFi friends will appreciate that the DAC 100 is richly blessed with inputs and even digital outputs – and closer viewing of the Interior call an appreciative “chapeau!”: the power supply for digital and analog level form separate transformers and seven massive voltage regulator together with abundant capacitors, and after the three inevitable digital chips (input receiver, USB controller, D/A converter) not only another IC in the signal path can be found.

The French composed the power voltage converter stage which the Burr-Brown converter needs first, out of the discrete individual transistors like the following output stage, which also operates without any feedback. This increases the distortion slightly (see measuring laboratory), must be also responsible for the wonderfully intense, captivating musical sound of DAC 100.

Under the affordable DACs in this test, one of the testers when compared were hardest separate was quite clear to the atoll. Also, the Frenchman was not healthy, could make, for example, still more pressure in the bass and loud, complex passages more overview true can. Test points that clearly sovereign hooked the musical fidelity – to were that in terms of enthusiasm, then again beaten to give color variety and expressiveness the atoll.

Atoll DAC 100

Manufacturer Atoll
Price €550.00
Rating 110.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 31.0 x 6.0 x 21.0 cm
Weight 2.0 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 192
Maximum USB sample rate 48
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 0
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 3
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 3
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 0
Digital DSD
I2S 0
FireWire 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 0
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm 0 / 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other: –
Test results
Conclusion +. Very musical and expressive sounding converters.
Conclusion- Slightly weaker with USB.
Sound RCA 110
Balanced sound 0
Sound SACD
Facilities well
Operation Very good
Processing Very good
Sound judgment well over 110
Predicate 5 ears
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 8 /.