Hear every detail in stunning clarity and fidelity
To commemorate DENAFRIPS’s 12 years of digital audio excellence, the Terminator II 12th Anniversary Edition features performance enhancements one would never thought possible.
If you’re a music lover and you want the best listening experience, one of the key ingredients in the quality of your sound is the digital-to-analog converter or DAC.
Terminator II 12th DAC is a trickle down of the Terminator Plus 12th DAC. The high similarity at a lower price tag is certainly a big welcome to the price conscious audiophile community.
Gold · Silver · Copper · Alloy
Copper Foil Shielded
O-Core AC Transformers
Gold x Silver x Copper Alloy O-Core AC Transformers
Clean power equates to the foundation of good sound. A dedicated linear power supply unit, designed and encased in a 1.5mm thick metal alloy enclosure, can be found underneath the DAC motherboard with an additional steel plate divider between the DAC motherboard and PSU box - for extra EMI/EMF shielding.
The box-within-box design, not only does it eliminates the inherited problems of dual box solution, it presents the details and attentions DENAFRIPS put into the Terminator II/Plus 12th DAC.
Beefy dual O-Core Transformers for Digital and Analog sections, Ultra-Low ESR, Long Endurance Reservoir Capacitors, and multi-stages super linear power supply, ensuring ultra precision, low ripple power supply charging up DAC.
DIGITAL / ANALOGUE ISOLATION
The TERMINATOR-II/PLUS Digital Processing Board and R-2R ladder network arrays are completely isolated. The two boards are physically linked by the OCXO module. The physical isolation yields even lowered noise-floor and achieved higher signal to noise ratio.
OVEN-CONTROLLED CRYSTAL OSCILLATORS – OCXO
“The BEST clocks are the clocks inside the DAC”.
The TERMINATOR-II/PLUS is equipped with dual OCXO operating at 45.1584Mhz, 49.152Mhz - 1024x of based sampling rate of 44.1kHz and 48kHz. Encapsulated in a metal casing, located at the center of the DAC, these OCXO are specially designed for high-end audio applications with ultra-low phase-noise and ultra-accuracy. The dual OCXO are powered by the complete redesigned power supply circuitry (encapsulated, shielded, underneath the main boards), supplying constant current to the OCXO. The adequate power reserves ensure linearity and stability of the OCXO.
ADAPTIVE FIFO BUFFER RECLOCKING
The DENAFRIPS approach to address the jitters issue by the FIFO BUFFER RECLOCKING. The adaptive FIFO buffer store the digital audio data in the memory. These data are read from the memory using the ultra-low phase noise, ultra-accuracy OCXO, located right in the DAC.
The data bits are converted to analogue signal by the true balanced R-2R ladder network arrays. The linearity of the conversion is guaranteed by the high-precision thin film resistors, with low thermal effect temperature coefficient of the low 10/15ppm.
I²S DIRECT INTEL® FPGA
Direct FPGA Signal Processing
Direct FPGA processing of IIS, SPDIF Signals without intermediate converter I/C • Shorter signal path guaranteed
Optimised Critical Circuitry
Further reduces noise floor • Greater tonal density • Ultra High Resolution
Non-oversampling (NOS) R-2R DAC
Classic step staircase Sinewave response of NOS DAC • 44.1KHz Sampling Rate
MASTER CLOCK ECO-SYSTEM
The Terminator II/Plus high precision OCXO CLOCK-OUT can be used to synchronize the devices support the following audio frequencies.
Equipment with matching clock input frequencies can now be synchronised with the CLOCK-OUT feature of the Terminator II/Plus DAC.
Flagship DAC · Reimagined
Not all DACs are created equal.
The excellent performance of the TERMINATOR-II 12th DAC tick most of the boxes of serious audiophile who seek the very fine musical enjoyment.
It is a state-of-the-art Digital to Analog Converter, one of the finest available on the market.
*Footers seen on the photos are after-market. Actual footers shipped with the DAC are SS spike and spike shoe.
A DAC Hat Trick
"Denafrips has gone and done it, producing three DACs that delighted me with reproduction that brings out the heart and beast in what ever music I sent its way. As you might expect, the Terminator II’s upgrades over the lower priced Denafrips DACs allow for even deeper exploration of the sounds and moods in music. Very well done!"
Michael Lavorgna @ Twittering Machines
Steff Huff • Youtube Review
Hello! Today I want to talk about the Denafrips Terminator II DAC. How it is built, how it sounds and even compared to the Pontus II and Chord DAVE. The Terminator II DAC is a world class DAC that brings the high end for much less money. Enjoy!
Steve Huff Photo & HiFi
DENAFRIPS Terminator II DAC, Wowsa!
"So Steve, what do you really think?"
"Well, I think I just told you what I really think. But i will sum it up this way: For the price, for the built quality you get for that money, and the sound quality, i think the Terminator II is actually a deal - at least by Audiophile standards - it is underpriced for what you get."
Steve Guttenberg - The Audiophiliac
Denafrips Terminator II Review and Comparison
I'm not joking when I say that I could completely picture Jordan striking the steel drum, ranging between medium speed to somewhat fast strikes with mallets in both hands. I'd never heard this level of detail previously. It gave me a whole new take on the track because it was just more real.
Chris @ audiophilestyle.com