French manufacturer of digital audio brings new enhancements to its DACs, which benefit from a series of new features under the EX label. These include a network input giving access to streaming functionalities, as well as a USB slot for direct connection of storage media. Additionally, a DSP-based acoustic correction feature offers a wide range of possibilities for adjusting to the listening environment. Extended version of the B.dac, the B.dac EX is a response to many requests for network playback and D/A conversion functionalities in a single product.
B.audio was created by a complementary family team of engineers whose professional experiences enabled them to take a fresh look at the challenges of sound reproduction. Convinced that it was possible to go further by leveraging modern technologies, B.audio used their expertise to create the first prototype. The feedback they received from world-class audio professionals was such that they decided to create the company in 2016. All the main components of the products manufactured by B.audio are in-house developed by our team. The production of electronic boards and cases is carried out in France by rigorously selected local suppliers. The final assembly is carried out by hand in the company's workshops in Saint Hippolyte, in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard.
Streaming inputs are optimally interfaced with B.audio's patented Source Jitter Removal (SJR) technology - a process that effectively eliminates 100% of the source jitter. Enabling the conversion circuitry to work optimally, the SJR provides unmatched digital-to-analog conversion quality regardless of the audio format used. The available features include compatibility with UPnP, MPD, LMS, NAA, Roon, AirPlay, and Spotify, access to streaming services (Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify) via compatible iOS and Android applications, playback of various formats (PCM up to 384 kHz, DXD, DoP, native DSD up to DSD256), as well as an integrated cloud/UPnP server (makes data stored on USB media accessible over the network).
The onboard DSP features parametric acoustic correction allowing to make the best out of the listening environment. In-house developed, this functionality is based on 64-bit architecture. The overall gain is determined automatically without user intervention, which guarantees the absence of saturation regardless of the parameters used. These specific features preserve the signal quality, thereby ensuring an optimal result. The technology integrated into the B.dac EX is also available on the B.dpr EX which includes a preamplification stage, as well as on the digital products of the One series. Info and photos by B.audio.