PS Audio has just introduced an all-new product – the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (NPC). The NPC combines an analog RIAA phono preamplifier with a high resolution analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The NPC can produce both a balanced analog audio output as well as a digital PCM or DSD output.
The new NPC design centre around running parallel and separate analog and digital paths. This allows each to be optimized for performance – and ultimate transparency. Vinyl mastering is handled through filters and reverse RIAA EQ in the analog domain from the input to the output – 100% analog through its phono chain. Once the playback and EQ requirements of the vinyl path have been properly amplified, a state-of-the-art ADC can convert the pure analog signal to a digital data stream.
The NPC can be used as a standalone ADC through its auxiliary analog input, as a digital output phono preamplifier feeding a DAC or computer, or as a purely analog phono preamplifier. Simultaneous analog and digital outputs are possible with the NPC, as well.
With appropriate software and a computer, NPC owners can RIP their entire vinyl collections to their computers at 192/24 PCM or up to double DSD rate. Reclocked 192/24 as well as 64X and 128X DSD can be sent over S/PDIF through either the USB or coaxial output and direct DSD and PCM streams are available through the I2S output. Use of the DoP protocols are standard on the NPC.
– THAT 1583 phono preamplifier input differential analog gain stage with 60dB of programmable gain and noise specified at 1.9nV/?Hz, with bandwidth to 1.7mHz.
– Passive RIAA EQ stage.
– New class A all FET discrete gain block featuring a combination of JFET and MOSFET devices in a low open loop design.
– Burr Brown PCM4222 ADC with noise and distortion characteristics that exceed 120dB in both linear PCM or DSD formats.
– PCM output at 24 bit 192kHz; DSD at 64X or double DSD at 128X oversampled rates.
– PCM data through the PCM4222 is passed through a PS Audio Digital Lens reclocking solution removing added jitter from the datastream.
– PCM & DSD can be sent over S/PDIF, I2S, or USB with DoP (DSD Over PCM) protocols.
Users can record either DSD or PCM through either Mac or Windows machines using an off-the-shelf program such as Audacity. Recorded files can be played directly on a computer using software such as Foobar for Windows OS and Pure Music for the Mac. Users can also stream these files directly to a DAC via USB from the computer or Ethernet with an appropriate server.
The PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter will begin shipping this September at a MSRP of $1,895 U.S. Look for more details at: www.psaudio.com.