Hear every detail in stunning clarity and fidelity
To commemorate DENAFRIPS’s 12 years of digital audio excellence, the Terminator Plus 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 Plus 12th DAC is built upon the success of the award winning original Terminator DAC. DENAFRIPS engineering team push the boundaries further in all aspects, to reach the new heights.
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.
Direct Signal Processing via FPGA
Ultra Low Noise Clean DC Power with Supercapacitors
OCXO FIFO Buffer & Reclocking
Encased Power Supply Unit
Gold•Silver•Copper Alloy Transformers
DIGITAL / ANALOGUE ISOLATION
The TERMINATOR-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-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 top-quality performance of the TERMINATOR-PLUS 12th DAC is for the serious audiophile who seek the very last bit of ultimate-refinement.
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.
The most anticipated review, ever!
"...Denafrips has my highest respect for all four DACs in their respective price categories but my favorite two DACs are the Pontus and the Terminator Plus. The former already scratches the surface of the true high-end and the latter is so good that it makes life difficult even for DACs that cost considerably more.
All four Denafrips are great performers but especially the Pontus II and the Terminator Plus are highly recommended!"
Christiaan Punter, Editor of Hifi-Advice
Yes, it is an overachiever
A month spent with Denafrips Terminator Plus was enough to understand that we’d see several times as much on its tag if it were dressed fancier somewhere in Europe with according logo on its forehead or bonnet. Yes, it is an overachiever this massive, but Chinese origin and price to sell don’t make it any less real. If I were after a DAC now, I would look no further considering what this one does.
Dawid Grzyb @ Hifi Knights
If you want the best, this could be it.
As you can guess I was impressed by this DAC. For me, it makes a big statement in having all the right audiophile components, measures superbly well and has a sound quality that makes it exceptional with great detail and superb naturalness. At the price……er…..a bit of a bargain. If you want the best, this could be it.
hifiwigwam George Sallit
Denafrips has hit one out of the park. It’s now clear how they’ve built a loyal following in less than a decade. After many weeks of very enjoyable listening sessions, the Terminator-Plus proved a distinct step up in sound quality from my Bryston BDA-2 DAC in every regard.
The effect is very interesting and simply addictive
Terminator Plus by Denafrips sounds as if its creators wanted "analog" sound in the LP release (let me remind you that the "master" tape sounds quite different than most vinyls).
A truly high-end converter for little money, which is why it receives the RED Fingerprint award from us .
6moons Audio Review
The Terminator-Plus does more than just revisit a power supply with ultra capacitors for better-than-battery performance. It does more than just revisit the layout of the signal path to further lower noise. It upgrades its clocks then adds outputs for them to control the clocks of upstream gear. That's its biggest advance!
Srajan Ebaen, Editor @ 6moons
The Next Best Thing Studio
This is the long waited review of the Denafrips Terminator and Denafrips Terminator Plus DAC. These are regarded as one of the best R2R Dacs for the money and I am glad they are able to offer such serious audiophile Dacs for not so serious audiophile price tag.
Jay @ NBT
The Hans Beekhuyzen Channel
The transparency is shockingly good. The first time my wife listened to music over the Terminator-Plus, she immediately noticed things in the arrangement she hadn't heard before. She has no interest in equipment and even less in technology. She just loves music. That's what the Terminator-Plus does; it opens up any recording so much more than anything i have heard in my setup #1.