Introducing the new DAC-040BD Battery Drive DAC
Nagano, Japan: Japanese high-end audio manufacturer Concert Fidelity (598-13 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Nagano, Japan; www.concertfidelity.jp) will introduce a new product—the DAC-040BD Battery Drive—at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach, to be held in California, May 31-June 2, 2013.
The demo system in the California Room (Hilton) will also include the CF-080LSX2 line stage preamplifier, the SPA-4C phono equalizer, and the ZL-200 monoblock amplifiers by Concert Fidelity, ONDA Systems’ cables, TAD’s Evolution One loudspeakers, Esoteric’s X-01D transport and a 1970s vintage Denon DP-3000 turntable restored and modified by Concert Fidelity.
According to Masataka Tsuda, CEO and Chief Designer of Concert Fidelity, the idea to drive the DAC section with a battery—a source of pure DC completely isolated from the dirty AC from the wall—has been there ever since he introduced the original DAC-040.
After many years exhaustive research, Tsuda finally found the right battery (the nickel-metal hydride or Ni-MH battery) that sounds good and came up with a proprietary charger to make it work. With the battery powering the crucial DAC section—the other components including the output tubes are powered by the conventional power supply as before—the sonic improvements are heard in a lower noise floor, openness, larger soundstage and a sense that a “frame” is removed from the sonic picture.
The unique NOS (non-oversampling) DAC with 12AU7 output tubes and tube rectification was already world-class in Redbook CD playback but the Battery Drive technology takes it to another level.
MSRP of the DAC-040BD is US$12,000, the same price as the previous non-BD version.
Concert Fidelity encourages all audio enthusiasts to come to T.H.E. Show and experience the new Battery Drive DAC in a no-compromise, state-of-the-art system.
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