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Lab12 DAC1 Tube DAC

Non Oversampling DAC with Tube Output

A DAC that sounds like vinyl

Lab12 are analog sound lovers, this is a true, but nowadays digital signals flow in every modern audio system. The challenge was to achieve sound as closer to the vinyl sound through a DAC. By combining digital and asynchronous USB inputs with classic non oversampling TDA1543 DAC and a tube based output stage we managed to achieve a really musical DAC that sounds like a perfect tuned High End turntable.

Every component of DAC1 is designed to provide smooth and pleasant sound. They achieved the character of pure analogue sound with non oversampling conversion by 8 matched parallel Phillips TDA1543 in sophisticated configuration and smooth output through Dual triode tube I/V stage. All components are carefully chosen after hours of listening and testing, while great attention has been paid to all the details that affect the final outcome (special audiophile power capacitors, tube and more).

DAC will be a pleasure not only for your ears but for your eyes too. With its solid construction, handcrafted finishing, luxury metal painting and retro analogue V/U meters you will fall in love with it for sure.


  • Asychronous 24/96kHz usb input
  • Non Oversampling mode (matched)
  • Triode tube I/V analog output stage (Gold Lion Genalex tube)
  • 6 Separate Regulated Power Supplies
  • Handcrafted audio grade transformers
  • High Capacity Audiophile capacitors (Nippon)
  • Jantzen Superior-Z coupling capacitors
  • WIMA dacs' bypass capacitors
  • Vibration isolated chassis
  • Gold plated RCA Teflon (input, output)
  • Analog retro nissei VU meters
  • 5mm Aluminum face panel with luxury painting
  • Five Years Guarantee


  • Power: 230/240 Vac 50Hz (1Α fused)
  • Power consumption: 80 VA max
  • Inputs: 1xSPDIF (Coaxial RCA), 1xUSB2, (Optional Toshlink input)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20 KHz +0dB/-1dB
  • Rated output level: 2.25Vrms
  • THD: lower than 0.2%
  • Available colors: Matt Black, Pearl White, Custom color
  • Dimension (WxHxD): 43x11x29 cm
  • Weight: 6 Kg
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