All devices in the test of Styleaudio Carat-Sapphire (675 Euros) delivered the cleanest and discreet sound.
- D/A converter Styleaudio Carat-Sapphire
- Data sheet
Converter in the pocket of the West are usually cheaper than the carat-Sapphire by audio style. They are filled as the Korean noble dwarf then but also not so lovingly processed and so plump with good things.
The coax input jack according to a transformer first decouples the subsequent electronics from the outside world. Of course not any, but a good and correspondingly expensive, hand-wrapped mini transformer of the Californian manufacturer scientific conversion.
Continue on gold-plated copper tracks the input receiver (an ordinary Cirrus 8416), and then to the PCM1792 of Burr-Brown. He is here while a number less than the name in the Moon the side opposite, but costs five times. Behind thick copper screens the analog stages – sit out finally fine trio per channel two OPA604 (current voltage conversion/analog filter) and a particularly low-noise OPA827 (output buffer).
All electrolytic capacitors in the circuit are already on their purple colour easily as elegant Sanyo OSCON to realize all films-CS shine in WIMA-red, and the few leaded resistors on the Board are precision types of Dale.
What reads like a guide to the high end Namedropping can be quite amazing music: the style audio, so small he is, sounds like a great DAC. That makes the description isn’t easy: you think just anything negative out – the Sapphire makes it definitely does not. Also instrumentation. Maybe the Moon makes a little more pressure in the bass and the Restek a larger space, but the emphasis is on “making”: the Sapphire is so credible that any change then met with suspicion.
Styleaudio Carat Sapphire
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe||7.5 x 3.5 x 13.1 cm|
|Digital volume control|
|Analog volume 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||0|
|USB asynchronous mode USB|
|Adjustable digital filter characteristics|
|Number filter options||0|
|Inputs CD player|
|Digital AES / EBU||0|
|Output D/A converter|
|Outputs XLR stereo||0|
|Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm||0 / 0|
|Digital output to RCA|
|Optical digital output|
|Digital output other:|||
|Conclusion +.||Perfectly neutral, fine moving sound.|
|Sound judgment||outstanding 115|
|Price / performance||outstanding|
|tested in issue:||8 /.|