Parasound launches Zdac at ISE, adds power amps

posted on Wednesday, 30th January 2013 by Steve May

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Parasound has launched its new silver Zdac DAC at ISE 2013. The 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analogue converter is the latest addition to Parasound's compact Z Custom series system (pictured above) and features a synchronous USB, optical and digital inputs, built-in headphone amplifier and both RCA/phono unbalanced and fully balanced XLR outputs. It retails for £499.

Martin Harding, director of distributor AV EMEA BV says the Zdac has been eagerly awaited: "Since launching the Zamp, Zpre and Zcd in 2012, it's been seen as the missing piece of the Z system jigsaw," he says. "It's the ultimate upgrade to any digital source whether CD, PC, MP3 player or wireless multi-room system." Harding suggests that it's ideal for any domestic or commercial application where space is limited.

Integrators can connect the Zdac to a PC or MAC USB port or a digital media player (such as a Sonos system) for perceivable sonic improvements. The Zdac up-samples and reclocks all incoming signals to 422kHz/24bit before conversion. Unlike some rival USB DACs, no computer drivers are required for plug 'n' play operation. 

Also making waves on the AV EMEA BV stand are Parasound's latest A21/A31 power amps, available in a "subtle noir finish" plus the HALO CD1, the first high-end music player from the brand in several years.

Visitors to the AV EMEA BV stand at ISE will also get hands-on with new lines from high-end power conditioning/ surge protection outfit Torus Power, Wireworld and Axium. US audio video cable company Wireworld is debuting its Series 7 interconnects at the show, while Canadian Power conditioning manufacturer Torus Power is unleashing its AVR2 models on Europe. The new range offers online IP monitoring, scheduling and RS232 control, as well as voltage stabilization.

The Axium 'open architecture' multi-room distribution amplifiers get an upgrade at ISE, with KNX integration, plus control configuration via the Axium Designer Portal for the brand's R4 and R1 models. The range features Ethernet, RS232, IR, I/O Presets, Webserver and USB control. 

Representatives from all four brands will be available to answer questions. AV EMEA BV is based in the Netherlands and was formed in February 2012 to handle distribution, sales, logistics for hardware clients, along with marketing and service support.

You can find AV EMEA BV at booth 5-R128. For the latest on ISE 2013, and your free invitation code to the event, click here.

 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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