"In fact, as trite and stale as the cliché sounds, I was hearing small details and sharp transients in familiar recordings
for the first time to a level of immediacy I had not experienced before.
So, take the d1-direct’s abovementioned clarity and add dollops of exceptional transient attack, extraordinary dynamic expression,
a complete tonal palette, an expansive soundfield, focused imaging and all-out openness and you have the makings of a powerful and insightful music maker.
And a priceless reviewer’s tool.
It’s staying at SoundStage! Australia HQ as the new DAC reference." Edgar Kramer, Sound Stage Australia
"Editor's Choice award" Matej Isak, MONO&STEREO
"It thrilled, surprised, wowed and disturbed me with its preternatural ability to translate digital content into emotionally-charged musical playback." Rafe Arnott, AUDIOSTREAM
"let me tell you, it's not even funny how much difference d-1 direct brings in the terms of the transparency, directness and natural sonic balance. Even after the first half hour I'm more than just affected by d-1 direct's potency!" Matej Isak, MONO&STEREO
"Brient has unleashed a music monster. What does this mean? It means it makes music sound like real people playing real instruments between the speakers in front of me. Few DACs at this price point or beyond have the ability to suspend disbelief while listening with your eyes closed like Brient’s upper-echelon designs do.
Unpretentious, utterly effortless and imbued with flesh-and-blood tangibility to timbre and tone with transient speed that makes every note vibrate at the frequency of real life, the d1-direct will transport you to when the music was made." Rafe Arnott, AUDIOSTREAM
"the d1-direct is distinguished by a capacity of masterful exploration of the musical signal.", haute fidélité
"Totaldac d1-direct is arguably the best high-end audiophile-grade DAC in its price range" James Longman, AUDIOREPUTATION
"the most impressive DAC I've ever heard" Cha Ho-young, hificlub.co.kr
-192KHz asynchronous Xmos USB, optical, RCA and AES-EBU digital inputs, selected from a remote control.
-44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz and 192KHz, 16 to 24 bit formats supported.
-as an option, DSD (DoP standard) supported on all inputs.
-embedded custom clock with anti-jitter FIFO memory.
-unbalanced 1.6Vrms RCA, the same unbalanced signal is also available on XLR connectors. No headphone output.
-volume control, adjusted by a remote control and an OLED display, works for all inputs, not only USB.
-phase polarity selected by remote control.
-non-oversampling DAC compensation filter activated or disactivated by remote control.
-display switched off by remote control or automatic.
-R2R DAC technology using 288 pieces of 0.01% VAR Bulk Metal® Foil resistors Vishay Foil Resistors.
-no active output stage, direct output from R2R ladders thank to new offset management and optimised filtering.
-external power supply to minimize the noise.
-aluminium and PMMA enclosure with massive pure copper antivibration plate.
-power consumption 14W (18W with the streamer option).
-DAC dimensions: height 110mm, width 360mm, depth 290mm.
-power supply dimensions: height 65mm, width 122mm, depth 180mm.
-DSD (DoP) option.
-silver massive aluminium front panel.
-115V power option.
-BNC coaxial digital input instead of RCA.
-2, 3, 4 way active crossover or more, by associating several DAC boxes.
-live-power grade power supply.
The d1-direct has been chosen as reference DAC by monoandstereo.com:
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