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Grant Fidelity Tube DAC-09

 
 
 
 
 
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MSRP:
$300.00
Price:
$215.00
Your Savings:
$85.00 (28.33%)
Size:
10" W x 6.5" D x 2" H
Worldwide Shipping:
115/230V
 
 
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Additional Info
pdf DAC manual.pdf (190.2 KB)
pdf Grant Fidelity Tube DAC modification instruction.pdf (490.1 KB)
 

 

 

All new-in-box stock of this model has been sold out. Some refurbished units are available only at our Calgary showroom. No shipping - pick up only. 

Replacement TubeDAC-11 is now available. Visit this link for detailed information for the much better DAC-11. 

 


High fidelity design with budget in mind. This vacuum Tube Digital-to-Analog Converter will connect you with modern media storage technology closer without sacrificing any bit of sound quality. 

It is a 5-in-1 unit: can be used as 1) external USB DAC for laptop, 2) headphone amp, 3) tube processor for analog signal, 4) digital decoder for optical and coaxial signal, 5) pre-amplifier by activating volume control for analog outputs.

You can use it directly with your digital source such as laptop and music server and play music back through your existing amplifier or powered speakers. Or you can simply get a pair of high quality headphones and enjoy the music in private! 

Breath new life into your older CD or DVD players either by connecting them to the digital or analog inputs. Turn your Blue Ray Player into a higher-end music/audio player.

Computer game music will also become less fatiguing with the tube processing of the TubeDAC-09.

Tube Rolling results thread is here:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=290747 

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=332629

Features: 

  • (5) sets of selectable inputs to allow you plenty of choices - including 2 sets RCA, 1 coaxial, 1 optical and 1 USB  
  • (2) sets of RCA Outputs tailored to your taste - one with transistor and one with single 6N3 (5670) vacuum tube.
  • Built-in headphone amp to allow you enjoy music in privacy (standard 6.5mm jack). Transistor output.
  • Key parts are of audiophile quality from Germany
  • High efficiency low noise R-shape transformer which is usually used on high end audio only. 
  • Separate power supply rectification to analog and digital circuits
  • Gold coated signal connectors throughout
  • Supports 16 bit, 20 bit and 24 bit audio source through coaxial and optical inputs. 
  • USB chip is used to transfer data only, decoding is at 24 bit.
  • Supports sampling frequency of 32k, 44k, 48k, 88k and 96kHz (automatic - not manually selectable)
  • High quality processing chips used throughout  - Cirrus Logic for main D/A converter and National Semiconductor LF353N for op-amp (Please understand that in order to deter unlawful design copy, manufacturer chooses not to disclose the exact model number for the main D/A converter chip and we respect their decision. The chips inside the unit have been erased off model number during production.)

Specifications: 

  • Input impedance: Analog - 100kohm; Digital - 75 kohm
  • THD: Transistor output <= 0.001%; Tube output <= 0.1%
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 30kHz +/-1 dB
  • Max Output: 1000mWx 2 (32 ohm); 500mWx2 (300 ohm); 300mWx2 (600 ohm)
  • S/N ratio: Transistor - 96dB; Tube - 90dB
  • Output Voltage: 2000mV
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB
  • Power supply: 115/230V, 60/50Hz selectable
  • Size: 26cm Width x 17cm Depth x 5.5cm Height
  • Net weight: 2kg (detachable standard IEC power cord included)
  • Color: silver or black - please specify at time of order

 

Special Note: Current stock DAC-09 is has been configured as pre-amp mode so your volume control will control all outputs. This will not affect sound quality if you use it as a straight forward DAC. 

 

Some previous shipment units have default set up as a DAC (volume control only works on headphone output). When using these units, make sure to turn your amp volume to lowest first and turn it up after you power on the DAC09. 

 

If you wish to activate the volume control on RCA outputs, please follow instructions at the bottom of this web page. This must be done to use the TubeDAC-09 as a passive pre-amp. 

 

To offer extra convenience in using this product, now we have included a high quality cable package with your purchase at no extra charge. The cable package includes: (1) USB cable, (1) Coaxial cable, (1) pair RCA cable, (1) Optical cable, and (1) headphone jack 1/8" to 1/4" converter. The cable package is worth over $50.00. 


 

 

 

 

       


 

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Buy PC-1.5 Performance Power Cord and get Grant Fidelity Tube DAC-09 at an additional 9% off our everyday low price.
Total Price: $340.00
Price for the Bundle: $320.65
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Customer Reviews
Overall:
Name:
Frank B.
Date:
04/29/2011
Review:
Hello everyone at Grant Fidelity. I received my Tube Dac 09 just a day or two ago and I am blown away. I was very skeptical but hopeful as I am always looking for bargain basement gear that performs well above it's price tag and this was a home run ! I have had a lot of dacs come and go through my listening room including the bechmark dac, Classe dac 1, perpetual tech p3a & 1 combo, Tri Vista 21 and many many others and in just the short time frame I have had this little jewel plugged in I am amazed. Does it measure up to my DCS stack.... no but at 1/20 of the price tag I don't think it should either. I started with a 15 hours worth of a burn in CD that I made for breaking in all my gear and could not wait to listen. I am such a kid at christmas time with new audio gear it is not even funny. After the breakin had passed I put this baby thru it's paces starting out with Jamie Cullum's "Sunday Express" and actually sat up in my listening chair within the first minute excited and intrigued. After a few songs and just pure enjoying myself I forgot that I was testing gear. I snapped myself out of it and decided to throw in a few more challening peices including a rounded out mix of classical all the way through classic rock and found my self toe tapping almost the entire time. I am not a professional reviewer as I am sure you can tell but I have had a lot of gear over the last 15 years or so and I am always on the prowel for gear like this that I can refer to newbies into the hobby and or people that do not want to spend their life savings on an audio system. This little dac vs. everything that I have heard in the sub $2000.00 category is pound for pound the hands down winner ! I know this is a very premature review but I have listned to so much gear in my life I know within an hour of what I like and what I do not. Does it have it's shortcomings.... yes, but for the tiny price tag it carries who the hell cares. It has a great warm sound but still has an incredible amount of clarity. It is a little veiled in the upper register but that sweet warmth makes up for a little missing top end. If anyone out there is wanting a budget dac to get a truly musical sound do not pass this unit up !
Thank you for creating a product that should allow alot of people to get into a hifi sound for lofi dollars !

Frank B.
Rating:
Name:
Professional review
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
'So there you have it. A well built Tube DAC that can raise the level of budget players without breaking the bank, leaving you more money to spend on your vinyl rig. I don&rsquo;t want this to sound like those &ldquo;it&rsquo;s good for the money&rdquo; reviews because while that is true, it offers more than that. It offers a musically satisfying presentation over the all-too-common by-the-numbers approach in the sub $1,000 digital world. It produces an enjoyable listening experience that virtually anyone can afford. I can&rsquo;t think of a CD front-end or a stand-alone preamp at this price that I like the sound of more than Tube DAC-09. And this unit does both! It offers a lot for a little.'
Richard Austin - Dagogo. Full review here: www.dagogo.com/View-Article.asp?hArticle=742
Rating:
Name:
6 out of 7 preferred DAC09
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
"The sound of this little DAC is amazing especially when used as a Tube preamp on an SS amp (mine is hooked up to a Carver M-400t cube and a pair of Minimus 7 speakers with the crossover upgrade in my desktop system). It is dead quiet (unlike most other preamps I have used, both Tube and SS) and in a recent higher priced CDP shootout that took place at my house and hooked up as a preamp on my Sunfire 300X2, was actually preferred to the Benchmark DAC-01 by 6 of the 7 other people who were in attendance in all of the sound qualities we were listening for."

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16980&p=244633&hilit=grant#p244633
Rating:
Name:
Affordable E-zine
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
'My previous experiences with budget DAC’s have left me with the realization that much improvement was needed for them to be a part of a serious-sounding main rig. The Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-09 undeniably brings life and a third dimension to music. This DAC isn’t for the faint-of-heart or those that want hear a polite presentation. The TubeDAC-09 is a turbo-charger for those that like music up front and moving forward'

Dan Neilson - Affordable Audio - July 2010 Issue
Rating:
Name:
Glynn T.
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
Tube rolling experience shared by customer Glynn T:

" I settled on a NOS Western Electric 396A / 2C51 (WE) tube. Night and Day. It sounds absolutely wonderful now. The sound out of the solid state outputs was always dead on, a lot better than the DAC in my receiver."

This tube is available at the tubedepot.com.
Rating:
Name:
Darren H.
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
Feedback from customer Darren H. by email:

Have been listening to the new DAC, and I am very impressed. One major step to getting the sound out my computer I have been searching for. The depth of sound stage is amazing, a very realistic presentation.... One of best money I have spent on sound, Thanks Darren.
Rating:
Name:
Ed. L.
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
From a happy customer Ed L by email:

Rachel and Ian,

My DAC arrived at 2:15 and was playing at 2:18, If it never sounds better then right now I'm your newest happy customer!!!
Right out of the box it has totally expanded the soundstage from my Squeezebox Duet, the music is all around me and very
dimensional with excellent detail and easy to listen to tonal qualities!! I was a professional musician for most of my life and
endeavored long and hard to give a precise yet emotional presentation of the music I was asked to play, many times after playing
our heart out we would anxiously await playback to hear the brilliance we had created only to have our hopes dashed by a lifeless
recording. This unit does a fabulous job of bringing that emotion back, presenting it very musically, and with smooth precision.
Thank you!!
Ed
Rating:
Name:
Mike C.
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
- received via email from customer Mike C.

Hi Rachel & Ian

I just received the DAC -09 this weekend and I wanted to thank your for the fast service and to let you know that I think this is a terrific unit for the price.

In reality it is currently working in the pre-amp mode driving a vintage Quad 306 and B&W DM 12 Speakers. The source is my Apple iMAC for now. This really wakes up the sound from the computer and gives a great second system. The detail is very good and it is getting better each hour. I also have the benefit of a good sounding head phone amp with it.

So far I am very impressed with it and I can't wait to use it as a pre for a more powerful amp to see what it can do.

Awesome product and great price!!!

Cheers;

Mike.
Rating:
Name:
pmctexas
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
Received my DAC-09 about two weeks ago and so far I am very pleased. Currently using as a DAC between Computer and receiver via Optical connection. I will try other connections down the road. My first Grant purchase and probably not my last given this experience !
Rating:
Name:
navac
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
navac has just posted in the Grant Fidelity forum of AudioKarma.org Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums under the title of DAC 09 Impressions.

This thread is located at http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=253150

Here is the message that has just been posted:
***************
Usual disclaimer: my ears, my setup, YMMV.

I recently purchased a DAC 09 and wanted to share my impressions. I set it up and started listening with my Grado GS-1000 headphones. It sounded good right out of the box. I compared the headphone output to the RA-1 amplifier and found it to be decent. The grado amplifier came out on top by being more solid in its presentation and more even accross the frequency spectrum. The built in amp gave a little treble heavy, slightly less full performance; however, it performed very well for the price point.

Next, I went to a friends to compare the DAC 09 to his Cary 306/200 cd player. That setup consisted of s/pdif cables from the Cary to the DAC, then to a Musical Fidelity A-300 (Gold trim) integrated, and finally to B&W 705 speakers. After listening for a while, we began comparing the dacs. The DAC 09 was surprisingly close to the presentation of the Cary! They both sounded very full and detailed, but the Cary was more refined. This led to a tighter sound from the Cary with more separation. That being said, we really had to listen to pinpoint the differences which you generally don't have to do when comparing a $400 dac to a $2000 (used) cd player. As expected the Cary won the day, but if you don't have $2000 and already have a decent transport, the DAC 09 is very good value.
Rating:
Name:
Kyle
Date:
02/18/2011
Review:
Met my needs for a good quality sound card for computer applications & component upgrade for older DVD player. Only other readily available & comparable options in Vancouver area were the Cambridge Audio's DACMagic for around $500 and barebones V-DAC for $400 (before tax). Both options lacked the versatility of the TubeDAC. Great product and good price!

Keep up the good work.

Kyle
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