Sonore/exD DSD USB DAC


Think native DSD playback is beyond your budget? The guys at Sonore want you to reconsider that possible misconception. Their new Sonore/exD unit can man-handle PCM and DSD (over PCM). On the rear, there’s a single asynchronous USB Audio Class 2.0 input – capable of up to 24/192 PCM, DSD64 and DSD128 – as well as balanced and single-ended outputs…all you need to get up and running with native DSD playback. The price? US$1195.


  • Ultra low jitter local master clock <3pS
  • Compatible with DoP v1 specification
  • Custom made USB to DSD and PCM module
  • Support for Mac OS X without special driver (10.6 and 10.7), support Audirvana Plus “Direct” and “Integer” modes
  • Support for Linux without special driver (Alsa version 1.0.24 or later)
  • Support for Windows XP, Vista and Win 7 (32 and 64 bit), driver (WDM and ASIO) will be provided
  • Output impedance: Output voltage: 2V Unbalanced, 4V Balanced
  • Custom made analog board with capacitor isolated outputs
  • Custom made power module with low noise regulators
  • Power requirements: 120VAC
  • Dimension: 320mm (width) x 70mm (height) x 305mm (depth)
  • Weight: 5kg

I assume (?) Sonore will also be making a 240VAC version for export into non-US markets.

Further Information: Sonore

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  1. A photo of the interior shows a switch for 120-240v.

    Anyone know which DAC chip is used in this unit? Any filter settings for DSD or PCM?

    Which chip is used for USB async? The clocks appear to be on the input board I think?

    Which capacitors are used for the outputs?