The NuWave DSD will transform your expectations of what’s possible in an under $2,000 DAC. The added detail and space produced by the NuWave DSD on good old Red Book CDs alone is worth the price of admission.


What makes the NuWave DSD so great? We’ve taken the lessons learned from one of the world’s best DACs, the DirectStream, and applied them to a smaller-scale, lower-cost unit. Like the DirectStream before it, the NuWave DSD produces a seamless 3D soundstage from even normal CDs. Hand-tuned and personally voiced by Paul McGowan, the improvement in sound quality over other DACs is astonishing. The NuWave DSD accepts inputs from any digital source including I2S and USB from your computer and connects to your system’s preamplifier with either single ended (RCA) or balanced (XLR) connections. Used with music server software like JRiver, Bit Perfect, Amarra or Pure Music and an iPhone or Android app, the NuWave DSD becomes your entry into the world of high-end digital audio music, both PCM and DSD. Performance is superb at anywhere near the price and there’s good reasons why, as you’ll soon discover. In fact, the NuWave DSD is one of the best sounding products we have produced in our 23 years of building DACs. Sweet, spacious and effortless, this device will bring the life back into your music and all at the touch of a finger.



Unit Weight 11.5 lbs [5.4 kg]
Unit Dimensions 14” x 8.3” x 2.4” [ 36cm x 21cm x 6.1cm]
Shipping Weight 20 lbs [9.1 kg]
Shipping Dimensions 22.5”x 13” x 6” [57cm x 33cm x 15cm]

Power requirements

Input Power Model specific 100VAC, 120VAC, or 230VAC 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption 15W

Digtial audio inputs


Sample Rates

Coax Input
PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz
Optical Input
PCM 44.1KHz – 96KHz
PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz
DSD single rate (2.8KHz) and double rate (5.6MHz) raw or DoP
USB2.0 Asynchronous Audio
PCM 44.1KHz – 192KHz
DSD single rate (2.8KHz) and double rate (5.6MHz) DoP

Analog Audio Output

Connector RCA/XLR Unbalanced /Balanced (X2)
Output level, maximum Unbalanced 2.8VRMS
Balanced 5.6 VRMS
Output Impedance 100Ω/200Ω
Frequency Response 10Hz – 20KHz +0/- 0.3dB
THD 1KHz, 0dBFS < 0.01%
20-20KHz, 0dBFS < 0.2%
1KHz, -10dBFS < 0.01%
Noise <-80dBV
Format PCM, DSD