D/A Converter Styleaudio Carat-Sapphire

All devices in the test of Styleaudio Carat-Sapphire (675 Euros) delivered the cleanest and discreet sound.

  1. D/A converter Styleaudio Carat-Sapphire
  2. 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

Manufacturer Styleaudio
Price €675.00
Rating 115.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 7.5 x 3.5 x 13.1 cm
Weight 0.4 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 0
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 0
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 1
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 1
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 +. Perfectly neutral, fine moving sound.
Conclusion- No USB.
Sound RCA 115
Balanced sound 0
Sound SACD
Facilities sufficient
Operation well
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment outstanding 115
Predicate 5 ears
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 8 /.