The Digital To Analog Decoder for attentive Audiophiles
To commemorate DENAFRIPS’s 12 years of digital audio excellence, the VENUS II 12TH-1 Anniversary Edition features several performance enhancements at components level that might not be visible by the naked eyes but certainly audible for the seasoned and trained audiophiles' ears.
The original VENUS II DAC was awarded the 'Best Digital Component of 2022' by A British Audiophile. The 12th Annv. Ed enhancements took it to another level.
FPGA DSP Module
- FIFO & Reclocking
Tuned Capacitor Bank
- Electrolytic + Film Caps [EVOX/WIMA]
R-2R Ladder Network
- True Balanced R-2R
- Hand-picked tight tolerance resistors
Silver DC Cable
- Twisted silver cable for power delivery from PSU to DAC Module
The VENUS II 12TH-1 is a true balanced, dual mono R-2R Ladder Network Arrays DAC. Each channel is equipped with independent high-speed FPGA to facilitate the digital signal decoding by means of 4 sets of 0.005% R-2R network. The choice of such design yield very small linearity error, high decoding speed, low digital noise, not only to ensure that the audio signal is of very low distortion, but also to ensure a very low background music noise; allow listener to enjoy the true music with quiet, black background.
All digital input are FIFO buffered and reclocked by the on board TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator). The excellent rejection of word-clock jitter makes DENAFRIPS DAC less reliance to the source equipment clock quality. VENUS II 12TH-1 can transform your consumer grade computer, CDPlayer to high-end sound quality.
Enhanced PSU & Transformer
Redesigned Power Supply Module with Dual O-Core Transformers 80VA x 2
High-biased constant current delivery to the Digital and Analog circuitry via Silver Cable
Divide & Conquer
Encased PSU Box is shielded underneath of the DAC Motherboard with additional MU-Metal divider in between to enhance the electrical-interference rejection
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, along with a MU-Metal divider in between.
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 premium DAC design.
Beefy dual O-Core Transformers 80VA x 2 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.
In the VENUS II 12TH-1, DENAFRIPS has made a deliberate and significant change by introducing a simplified AC main power socket. Contrary to being a cost-cutting measure, this modification reflects DENAFRIPS' commitment to high-quality power supply as the cornerstone of superior sound.
To achieve this goal, DENAFRIPS has gone the extra mile by customizing the AC mains power socket in-house using UPOCC gold-plated copper. In the VENUS II 12TH-1, a non-switched AC mains socket, firmly believing that this step will bring the device even closer to attaining an exceptional level of perfection
The VENUS II 12TH-1 is ideal DAC that caters to music aficionados who cherish intricate details, a spacious soundstage, precise imaging, and a subtle warmth to enrich the musical experience.
Its exceptional performance may be considered among the most crucial elements for high-fidelity audio systems.
The Venus II presents a very lifelike musical, might I say, analog sound in my system. The imaging and the sound-stage of the Venus II change as I change the filters. The Oversampling Mode Slow Filter seems to produce the best combination in my system. Both were spot on and very lifelike.
The real reason to buy this DAC is the price/sound quality ratio
"This is the third Denafrips DAC I review. That’s driven by the remarkably good ‘price to sound quality’ ratio. This time even absurdly high sampling rates are supported, next to a lot of inputs. But the real reason to buy this DAC is the price/sound quality ratio."
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