Overview

One of the best DACs available at any price. The addition of DSD playback and up-sampling means it is virtually future-proof.”

PRO SOUND AT HOME

The widest DSD and PCM Support

The Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC supports up to DSD128 (Double-DSD) and 384kHz, 24-bit streaming to a custom-designed, ultra-low jitter USB connection, as well as AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK PCM support.

The DSD features include a unique 256X up-sampling mode where DSD64 and DSD128 are
up-sampled to DSD256, thereby releasing the true potential of DSD – delivering new standards in accuracy, transparency, imaging, and dynamics.

The unit compliments the high-resolution PCM inputs with switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA and Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.

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HIGHEST SAMPLE RATES

An Antelope-designed custom USB chip offers ultra-low jitter and streaming support for up to DSD128 and 384kHz PCM – four times higher than similar devices.

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WIDEST DSD SUPPORT

Support for DSD64, DSD128, via USB (DoP) and a unique DSD upsampling mode to DSD256

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Acoustically Focused Clocking technology

Antelope AFC with 64-bit DSP, backed by an ultra-low jitter, oven-controlled crystal oscillator for detailed and focused sound

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Quad DAC architecture

Independent dual DACs per channel to eliminate crosstalk and improve dynamic range and linearity.

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FPGA PCM Upsampling

Switchable 64-bit precision 8x linear phase upsampling using a dedicated FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)

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Zodiac Control Panel

Control application for Mac, PC, Linux and mobile platforms gives full access to Zodiac functionality.

Zodiac Platinum and 10M highlights

DESCRIPTION

BEST CLOCK MEANS BEST SOUND

Signature Antelope clocking

The foundation of the Zodiac Platinum is the renowned 64-bit, Acoustically Focused Clocking and the ultra-low jitter oven-controlled crystal oscillator, which stand as a guarantee of unprecedented sound quality – used by the best recording, mastering, and post production studios around the world.
In addition, the Platinum is equipped with a 10MHz input for the legendary Antelope 10M Rubidium atomic clock, providing the most accurate and stable clocking reference, and uncompromising digital to analog conversion.

SONIC EVOLUTION

Distinctive pedigree and highly evolved technology

Zodiac Platinum has inherited the stepped relay volume control and the dual-stage headphone drivers with impedance control from its very successful predecessor, the Zodiac Gold. It also comes with supplied with the 2nd Generation Voltikus external audiophile grade power supply and an elegant remote control.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

Remote control and control panel software

For complete control over your Zodiac, more than the elegant remote control, you get a free PC & Mac control software.

Specifications

Inputs:

• 10M / WC on BNC: 10MHz sine wave 44.1 – 384 kHz
• 1x AES/EBU XLR: 44.1 – 192 kHz
• 2x S/PDIF RCA: 44.1 – 192 kHz
• 2x RCA Analog: -10dBv Unbalanced (2V rms max)
• 2x ¼” TRS Analog: +4dBu Balanced (26 dBu max)
• 2x Optical TOSLINK

Outputs:

• 2x Analog XLR. Balanced, fully-differential drive. Trimmable 14 to 26 dBu @ 0dBFS. Preset to 20 dBu. 56 Ω to GND.
NOTE: This is the peak value with headroom included and should not be mistaken with the averaged value of +4dBu stated on the back panel.
• 1x AES/EBU De-Jittered, re-clocked Digital Output. 110 Ω.
• 2x S/PDIF De-Jittered, re-clocked Digital Outputs. 75 Ω.
• 2x Analog RCA: Trimmable Unbalanced between 0 dBv and +12 dBv with a +6 dBv default. 2Vrms max, 56 Ω.
• 2x Headphones: 20 dBu @ 0dBFS. 120 or 0 Ω switchable.

Dynamic Range: 129 dB
THD + N: 0.0004%
USB: 2.0 Hi-Speed. Data stream up to 480Mbits/384kHz, Type B

Clocking

Clocking System: 4th Generation Acoustically Focused Clocking 64 bit DDS Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator
Clock Stability: < +/- 0.02 PPM, oven controlled at 64.5°C
Clock Ageing: < 1 ppm per year
Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz (352.8kHz and 384kHz through USB only)

Specs

Operating Temperature: 0-50°C, 32-122°F
Weight: 2 kg, 4.4 lb
Dimensions (Approx):
165mm (W) x 112mm (H) x 190mm (D)
6.5”(W) x 4.4”(H) x 7.5”(D)
Power Supply: Input: +18VDC, 15W (no line “Output”)

FEATURED REVIEWS

Downloads

MANUALS

User manual

Zodiac Platinum DAC
Zodiac Platinum Software Panel explained

System requirements

Windows
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0 Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
CPU: Intel or AMD equivalent CPU with at least 2GHz operating frequency
Memory (RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more Recommended)

MAC
OS X: 10.9/10.10/10.11/10.12 (Sierra Recommended)
Disk Space: Minimum 512 MB available disk space
USB: 1x USB 2.0/3.0 Port
Required USB bandwidth: 80%-90%
Memory(RAM): 4GB Minimum (8GB or more recommended)

SOFTWARE

Launchers

Windows
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for Windows (v. 1.00, Dec. 11, 2013)

MAC
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for MAC (v. 1.00, Dec. 11, 2013)

Drivers

Windows
Zodiac Platinum DAC ASIO driver for Windows: (v. 2.20, Mar. 18, 2014)
MAC
USB Driver for Mac (Oct 09, 2015)

Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Debian 7.3: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Fedora 20: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Ubuntu 13.10: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)
Zodiac Platinum DAC Control Panel for GNU/Linux Arch: 32 bit | 64 bit (v. 1.00)

Zodiac Platinum

Zodiac Platinum

384 kHZ DSD DAC

Audiophile 10M

Audiophile 10M

10 MHz Rubidium Atomic Reference Generator

Voltikus PSU

Voltikus PSU

Antelope Audio's next generation power supply