VENUS II is, in fact, closer to the TERMINATOR despite its physical size is exactly the same as the little brother PONTUS.
VENUS II is upgraded with TCXO, DXD/DSD1024 DSP board, EVOX/WIMA caps, as well as - most importantly - the MU Metal sheet shielding in between the main DAC board and the encapsulated PSU enclosure.
The VENUS II is true balanced, dual mono R-2R network arrays DAC. Each channel is equipped with independent high-speed FPGA to control the decoding by means of 4 sets of 0.005% R-2R network. This design has very small linear error, high decoding speed, low digital noise, not only to ensure that the audio signal is low distortion, but also to ensure a very low background music noise; allow listener to enjoy the true music with dark background.
All digital input are FIFO buffered and reclocked by improved Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillators TCXO. The excellent rejection of word-clock jitter makes DENAFRIPS DAC less reliance to the source equipment clock quality. Venus can transform your consumer grade computer, CDPlayer to high-end sound quality.
LINEAR POWER SUPPLY
VENUS II further enhanced and refined the linear power supply design of the PONTUS with premium components. The power supply is encapsulated in a thick metal alloy, equipped with dual o-core transformers, completely isolated super linear regulator, multistage power supply for digital and analogue sections, ensuring low noise, high availability power supply to the DAC.
VENUS II DAC is a high-end DAC that fits most audiophile systems despite its modest asking price.
*Footers seen on the photos are after-market. Actual footers shipped with the DAC are aluminum cone shape with anti-slip bumper.
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
“This Denafrips DAC is very good..”
It truly does look and feel as good as it sounds, and that definitively places it in the Ultra product pantheon. If you’re looking to indulge your champagne taste on a beer budget, Denafrips’s Venus II DAC should be at the top of your list.