I’ve never tried one of these, then again I never really thought about using one or thought I had the need for one but I’ve been thinking about it and I might have a need for one actually, I think. Doing a lot of thinking lately it seems huh? Anyway, NuForce has just announced the 3rd generation digital audio converter called the uDAC-3 and it’s what it sounds like a USB powered digital audio converter that helps make your music sound a whole lot better! Price is $125 and with the release of the 3rd gen, the uDAC-2 is now only $99.

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NuForce, Inc., a global leader in consumer audio products, introduces the uDAC-3, a high-resolution USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC) that connects your personal computer’s audio with your home stereo, desktop sound system, or headphones.

As the 3rd generation of the best-selling NuForce uDAC series, the uDAC-3 provides DSD support (see Website for supported player and OS), Driverless Asynchronous Mode, and improved DAC and circuit design for a more detailed, transparent and wider soundstage. The uDAC-3’s exemplary flexibility –– analog RCA, digital coaxial, and high-performance headphone outputs –– is bound to satisfy the needs of the most discerning music lover.

And far from least, the uDAC-3’s price remains an affordable $125.  In markets where it is still available, the uDAC-2 is now priced at $99.

FEATURES

24-bit/96 kHz and DSD support

Discrete USB audio receiver and D/A converter, with coaxial S/PDIF output

Double jitter reduction at both data level and oversampling filtering stage

High performance headphone amplifier

Premium quality analog volume control

Direct-coupling – No capacitors in the signal path

2V analog output

USB powered, no external power supply required

Works with Windows 7/8 and Mac OS

SPECIFICATIONS

· Input : USB 1.1, 2.0 compatible

· Native Bit Rate : 32, 44.1, 48, 96 kHz, 24-bit

· Output : Analog RCA output = 2Vrms

· Dynamic Range : 90 dB

· S/N Ratio : 98 dB

· THD+N : 0.05%

· Digital Output : Coaxial RCA 75-Ohm

· Headphone Output : 80 mW x 2 @ 16-Ohm

Pricing and availability

The NuForce uDAC-3 will be available worldwide at a suggested retail price of US$125, shipping September 30, 2013.

For more information, visit www.nuforce.com