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NuPrime DAC-10/10H


The Ultimate Desktop DAC and Headphone Amp

The NuPrime DAC-10 combines leading-edge technology that offers PCM 384K & DSD256 decoding with a reference class preamp. To satisfy the most discerning audiophiles, the NuPrime DAC-10 must do three things exceptionally well: 1) provide input flexibility; 2) deliver the utmost detail during a symphony’s quietest passages or a soundtrack’s heart-pounding explosion; and 3) all of this in the most natural sound. Simply put, the DAC-10 is a truly musical device.
The DAC-10H differs from DAC-10 by having an exceptional headphone amplifier with a balanced 4-pin XLR and a standard 6.25mm stereo headphone outputs.

SKU: NP-DAC-10 Category:


As the heart of an audio system, the DAC-10H supports an extensive number of inputs and formats. Utilizing the world’s best performing 32-bit audio DAC is but only a first step for designing the ultimate DAC. When state-of-the-art solutions are readily available to all vendors, the experience and proprietary know-how in designing many Editor’s Choice and Product of The Year award-winning products elevate the NuPrime DAC-10H above the competition.

A Reference Class Preamp

To meet the requirement of customers who want to eliminate extra components in their system, a high-end preamp capable of driving the power amplifier directly is an essential part of the design. The DAC-10H therefore includes features borrowed from the Reference class P-20 preamp:

  • Advanced, thin-film switched-resistor ladder network for controlling volume, i.e., a single resistor in the signal path at any volume setting.
  • Individually adjustable volume on each input thus enabling precise source level matching.
  • Volume adjustment in 99 precise, 0.5dB increments.


Headphone Amplifier (DAC-10H)

Today’s best headphones can cost as much as a high-end DAC. Their owners demand a headphone amp that fully exploits their potential. Key features of the headphone amp:

  • A 4-pin balanced and a standard 6.3mm stereo headphone amplifier outputs.
  • Output circuitry designed for use with up to two dynamic headphones. Consistent wiring and the use of XLR-4 sockets ensure excellent channel separation.
  • A gain switch for use with in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.



  • Five digital and two stereo inputs for system flexibility.
  • SABRE32 Reference ES9018K2M from ESS Technology is one of the world’s best-performing 32-bit audio DAC solution for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With ESS’s 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 127dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, all of which put the DAC-10H at the industry’s cutting edge.
  • Symmetrical signal processing with exact signal transmission over the entire frequency spectrum and extremely low harmonic distortion, hence ensuring an unadulterated musical presentation.
  • USB Asynchronous transfer mode with driver software provided for Windows (driver not required for Mac OS and Linux)
  • Ultra-low-noise JFETs in the input stage for the lowest possible noise level.
  • Supports DSD native playback by ASIO2.1 (up to 11.2MHz) and DoP (up to 5.6MHz) method.
  • Sample Rate Display – 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz and DSD64 to DSD256.
  • Unique dual gain settings for RCA with 2V or 4V outputs, XLR with 4V or 8V outputs; and each of the balanced and unbalanced headphone outputs with four different high power output settings.
  • Linear power supply with multi-rail toroidal transformer.
  • Independent left/right channel power supplies.
  • 12V trigger output
  • Full microprocessor control with memory retention
  • Included remote control for full convenience.



  • U: 1 x USB Digital
  • C: 2 x Coaxial Digital S/PDIF
  • O: 2 x Optical Digital S/PDIF
  • L: 2 x Analog Stereo RCA



  • Optical (up to 24 bit/192 kHz)
  • One pair of Stereo RCA out (max output 2V-low gain; 4V-high gain)
  • One pair of stereo XLR balanced out (max output 4V-low gain; 8V-high gain)
  • Balanced headphone amplifier (XLR-4 socket )
  • Unbalanced headphone amplifier (6.3 mm jack socket )



  • USB Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, 352.8KHz, 384KHz and DSD 2.8MHz (DSD64) , 5.6MHz (DSD128) 11.2MHz (DSD256)
  • S/PDIF Sampling Rates: 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96, 176.4KHz, 192KHz
  • Maximum Sampling Rate: 24-bits
  • Bit Resolution: 16-24-bits
  • Output impedance < 100 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 80kHz
  • (DAC-10H) Headphone Amp Max. Power Output:  680 mW @ 1 kHz and 600 ohm load at the XLR-4 output
  • (DAC-10H) Headphone Amp Frequency response:  < 10 Hz to > 100 kHz
  • (DAC-10H) Headphone Amp Crosstalk attenuation: min. 93 dB @ 1 kHz
  • (DAC-10H) Headphone Amp THD+N: < 0.0003%
  • (DAC-10H) Headphone Amp Dynamic range: > 115 dB @ 600 ohm load (A-weighted)
  • Dimensions: 215 mm W x 382 mm D x 59 mm H (including feet)
  • Weight: 4.8kg
  • Worldwide AC voltage: (90VAC~130VAC // 210VAC~ 250VAC) with Voltage Select Switch
  • AC Fuse: Slow-blow,T2.5A, 250VAC
  • Standby Power Consumption: 2W (230V) / 1.17W (110V)
  • Idle Power Consumption: 14W (230V) / 13W at (110V)
  • Available in Black or Silver color

Additional information


Black, Silver


DAC-10, DAC-10H


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