Introducing the NuWave Digital To Analog Converter

The NuWave DAC is the first of a new breed of affordable high-end digital to analog processor from PS Audio.  Based on our acclaimed PerfectWave series, the NuWave DAC (NWD) accepts inputs from any digital source including USB (up to 192kHz 24 bit asynchronous) from your computer and connects to your system’s preamplifier with either single ended (RCA) or balanced (XLR) connections.

Used with our free eLyric Music Manager software and iPhone app, iTunes, Bit Perfect, Amarra, J River or any music management program, the NuWave becomes your entry into the world of high-end digital audio music.

Performance is superb at anywhere near the NWD price and there’s good reasons why as you’ll discover.  In fact, the NuWave DAC is one of the best sounding products we have produced in our 23 years of building DACS.  Sweet, open spacious and effortless, this device will bring the life back into your music and all at the touch of a finger.

The NWD is high-end all the way

The NWD features the latest fully balanced generation of 192kHz 24-Bit resolution Burr Brown engines with 123dB dynamic performance and rated THD a stunningly low 0.0005%.

It comes with differential outputs, an 8 times oversampling filter, Native mode, XMOS asynchronous USB processor, new low jitter clocks providing exceptionally lifelike audio.

Our engineers based the NWD around a solid high-performance DAC engine, state-of-the art XMOS processor and then designed an all new input circuit based on the PerfectWave low jitter clocks, a 100% discrete output stage and a huge power supply to finish it off.

This is true high-end.  You won’t find any chip op amps in this product.

Native Mode

The NWD allows you to stream bit perfect digital audio in a number of different ways, including music stored on your computer.   Featured in the NWD is the choice of Native mode or upsampling mode.

Native Mode decodes any resolution audio from 192khz/24bit and down, to it’s full integrity with no processing added by bypassing the NuWave’s upsampling processor completely; the resulting improvement to sound quality sets new levels of performance for DACS anywhere near this price.

Should you wish to upsample, it’s no problem.

A new high-performance upsampling engine and low jitter clocking mechanism has been added to the NWD providing 192kHz 24 bit performance for any input and any incoming sample rate, lowering jitter at the DAC to vanishingly low levels.

192kHz 24 asynchronous USB

The NWD features our new high-resolution USB path based on the same XMOS technology found in our PerfectWave DAC.

Asynchronous and capable of 24 bit 192kHz performance, the NWD USB input sounds every bit as good as the best digital audio is capable of.

Using a high quality USB cable between the NWD and your computer you create an instant media server that can be controlled through any number of hand held devices like an iPod, iPhone or Android using a 3d party controller program.

Your entire music library can be managed by iTunes, J River, eLyric, Windows Media Player, Foobar, Pure Music, Bit Perfect, Media Monkey or Ammara (to name a few) for ease of use.

And, if you haven’t experienced the pleasure of scrolling through your library of hundreds, perhaps thousands of tracks with full cover art on an iPad or Droid, you really haven’t experienced what so many are enjoying.

With the NWD and a USB cable you can join the fun of streaming audio, up to 192kHz 24 bit resolution, using nothing more than your computer and a hand held device to control and play your entire music library.

Active vs. passive filtering

Once the digital audio data have been processed through the NWD’s input stage it’s time to turn them into music and this is the job of the analog filter and the output stage.

Most DACS use an active filtering system to clean up the output of the internal DAC but this can add a harsh bright sound to the music.

In the NWD we use all passive analog filtering and discrete current to voltage conversion giving our output a sweet open sound unencumbered with harsh digital artifacts.

FET discrete output stage

The real challenge to keeping the music open and analog-like is staying away from chip op-amps and current to voltage converters.

Chip op-amps are used by the vast majority of all high-end DACS and while good, they just don’t have the openness and sweetness of an all discrete, high voltage class A circuit.

The NWD features a 100% class A discrete, high voltage, FET based output stage.

Here we use luscious, analog sounding FET’s at the input and low noise powerful bipolar transistors for the gain and high current low impedance output stage.

Everything is direct DC coupled so bass is  stunning in its power and impact as well as the all important midbass region where the human ear is sensitive to any alteration in sound quality.

Balanced outputs

The NWD is a class A fully balanced design that uses an output stage configuration similar to that of a power amplifier.

This is important to the sound quality of the DAC because driving even medium lengths of analog interconnect cables can be a sonic challenge if this critical stage is not designed properly.

Offered on the read of the NWD is both balanced XLR and single ended RCA cables, driven from this high current low impedance output stage.

The all important power supply

If you want high-end performance you need a high-end power supply.

Inside the NWD is a huge transformer, coupled to many thousands of microfarads of capacitance, Linear Technologies regulators and high speed, low noise diodes.  We have taken every effort to make the NWD as good as it gets through careful power supply design.

It is here, in this all important power supply region, where voices and instruments take on what is known as proper “bloom” and give us the illusion of being right in the room with us.  The last thing you want is an anemic sounding musical presentation – but with the right power supply, you get the fulness of the music in all its glory.

Built in Boulder

The NWD is in a beautiful industrial design based on the PerfectWave series.  It’s a half width of a PWD and the same length.

This beauty feels just right when you pick it up, its build as solid as it gets and best of all, it’s hand crafted right in Boulder Colorado. By people who care as much about audio as you do.

Bottom line

In the 23 years we have been making DAC’s the NWD is the sweetest, warmest, most open and musical DAC we have yet built in this affordable category.  It will bring new life to your entire music collection – regardless of whether it’s on your computer or your discs.

Regardless of what you have for a transport, from a low cost CD player with an optical output, Apple Airport Express or TV, computer, or even the highest end transport on the market, adding the NWD to your system will bring your music to life.

Digital to Analog converters are the modern gateways for our music collections whether you have a large physical collection of CD’s or you want to venture into the world of ripping, streaming and accessing all your music from the touch of a finger.

It’s a new and exciting world and the PS Audio NuWave DAC fits in perfectly.

Ready to get a NWD and start loving your music?

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