SDA-1 DAC & Headphone Amp - Preorder

Normal Price: €3,845.00

Preorder Price: €3,650.00 - Save €195!

The all new SDA-1 is the culmination of years of feedback from users of Gato Audio equipment all over the world. We have combined the very best and most sophisticated D/A converter technology with our unique analogue circuits and a balanced headphone amplifier, creating perhaps the most versatile Gato Audio product for years. Enjoy the latest formats from your favorite hardware source, external streamer or from the optional built-in streaming board, directly into your hi-fi setup... or a pair of quality headphones.

Expected delivery time on new orders: 1-2 months.

We offer bespoke top covers for your SDA-1. Have it matched to your decor or super car. It could be special painted covers or covers made from solid wood. Contact us at hello@gato-audio.com and tell us what you have in mind.

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SDA-1 - DAC with a headphone amplifier

The all new SDA-1 is the culmination of years of feedback from users of Gato Audio equipment all over the world. We have combined the very best and most sophisticated D/A converter technology with our unique analogue circuits and a balanced headphone amplifier, creating perhaps the most versatile Gato Audio product for years. Enjoy the latest formats from your favorite hardware source, external streamer or from the optional built-in streaming board, directly into your hi-fi setup... or a pair of quality headphones.

SABRE DAC

We have chosen the ESS9038PRO chip for this new DAC, as it has become the industry standard for the very best and most expensive DAC's and CD players on the market - and for good reason. With a careful implementation utilizing a super precise femto clock, seven low noise voltage regulators and refined analog circuits, we managed to obtain a sonic performance that is unbelievably detailed and yet musical and smooth - like warm Lurpak butter.

Formats

Both via the USB port and through the optional streaming module, the SDA-1 offers all the best of the current available formats such as DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, MQA, and up to 24bit /384kHz PCM. Optical and Coaxial inputs accept up to 24bit/192kHz.

MOSFET headphone amp

The SDA-1 features both balanced and unbalanced headphone amplifiers, directly accessible from the front panel. It even features an analog input for connecting analog sources like turntables, phono stages, or for simply bypassing the built-in DAC. The fully balanced analog volume attenuation is not only leagues ahead of what you'd normally find on most cheaper DACs with "volume control", but also easy to operate directly on the front panel or via the remote. This makes the SDA-1 very convenient to use as a preamp for your power amplifier(s).

Optional streaming

Our new, more powerful streaming board (NPM-2) offers a variety of lossless streaming services such as Tidal Connect and Spotify Connect without the need of a third party app. This of course goes hand in hand with a Roon Ready certification, support for Qobuz, internet radio and more. A high quality Bluetooth receiver is added to further enhance the daily usability.

Bespoke Cover

As standard we offer top covers in high gloss black, white and real walnut veneer to match the finish of our loudspeakers. But what if you prefer to have your SDA-1 match another brand of speakers or a piece of furniture or the color of your Lamborghini? Gato Audio offer to make bespoke top covers for you. It could be special painted covers or covers made from solid wood. Contact us at hello@gato-audio.com and tell us what you have in mind.

Features:

  • Sabre DAC, ESS9038PRO chip
  • MQA support
  • DSD up to 256
  • 24bit/384kHz
  • Analog input
  • Variable or fixed line outputs (can be used as preamplifier together with a power amplifier)
  • Fully balanced design, including headphone preamp
  • Balanced MOSFET line stage
  • Both balanced (6,3mm jack) and unbalanced (XLR jack) headphone outputs
  • Turn the SDA-1 into a network player with the optional NPM-2 streaming board
  • 12V standby trigger - in & out
  • Remote controlled
  • Designed, developed and built in Copenhagen, Denmark
Technical Specifications
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Output Level 0 dB (Digital Sources) Unbalanced: 2.2 V, Balanced: 4.4 V
Maximum Output Level (Analogue Source) Unbalanced: 7 V, Balanced: 11 V
Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz - 0.3 dB
THD + N 0.002 %
Signal To Noise Ratio (A Weighted) 117 dB
Analogue Input 8 V Max
   

Headphone

 
Output Impedance 1 Ω
Unbalanced Output 1 W @ 33 Ω, 600 mW @ 50 Ω, 420 mW @ 100 Ω, 200 mW @ 300 Ω, 120 mW @ 600 Ω
Balanced Output 3 W @ 33 Ω, 2,8 W @ 50 Ω, 1,9 W @ 100 Ω, 850 mW @ 300 Ω, 460 mW @ 600 Ω
   

Connectors

 
Unbalanced analogue inputs 1 pair of gold-plated RCA stereo
USB Input 1 pc USB type B
Toslink Inputs 2 pcs Optical
SPDIF Inputs 2 pcs of gold-plated RCA
Unbalanced Analogue Output 1 pair of gold-plated RCA
Balanced Analogue Output 1 pair gold-plated XLR Neutrik
Unbalanced Headphone Output 1 pc gold-plated 6,3mm jack (with volume control)
Balanced Headphone Output 1 pc gold-plated XLR Neutrik (with volume control)
Trigger, 12 V - in 1 pc mini jack
Trigger, 12 V - out 1 pc mini jack
   

Size and Power

 
Power Requirements 115 VAC/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz, <60W max
Fuse 20 mm sand-filled, 1,6 AT
Power consumption stdb/idle/max < 1W/30W/<60W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 325 x 105 x 396 mm / 12.8 x 4.1 x 15.5"
Weight 10 kg / 22 lb
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