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"One of The Best R-2R DACs under $1000, Upgraded"

To commemorate DENAFRIPS’s 12 years of digital audio excellence, the Ares 12th Anniversary Edition features the most frequently requested - I²S input, redesigned front panel, as well as performance enhancements.

If you’re a music lover and you want the music to sound good, expressive, and analog-like. The Ares 12th DAC might be one of the key ingredients in your stereo audio system. 

The Ares 12th-1 has been enhanced with an anodized aluminum chassis, now offered in both silver and black colors.


This highly desired option fulfills the preferences of potential customers who seek a DAC in a compact form factor, particularly with a silver color choice. Building upon the immense popularity of its predecessor, the Ares 12th-1 further elevates the already impressive build quality of the Ares 12th.

The Ares 12th-1 introduces a simplified AC main power socket. This change is not a cost-cutting measure but a deliberate choice.


DENAFRIPS has customized the AC mains power socket in-house using UPOCC gold-plated copper. As a firm advocate of high-quality power supply being the bedrock of superior sound, DENAFRIPS has opted for a non-switched AC mains socket in the Ares 12th-1.


This adjustment brings the Ares 12th-1 closer to achieving an exceptional level of perfection.

Alongside the UPOCC gold-plated AC mains socket, the Ares 12th-1 boasts an enhancement in the form of a 60VA O-Core Shielded Transformer. This transformer is meticulously crafted in-house by DENAFRIPS engineers, utilizing UPOCC copper.


The oversized 60VA O-Core Shielded Transformer delivers substantial power to the multi-stage linear power supply of the DAC. This improvement ensures that the Ares 12th-1 receives an abundant and stable power supply for optimal performance.

Good quality power supply is the foundation of good sound

The Ares 12th-1 features an upgraded Linear Power Supply section, incorporating a capacitors bank branded with 'DENAFRIPS', OEM in accordance to DENAFRIPS specification for audio. On top of the constant current LDO Linear Regulators, a large heatsink is securely attached. To power the FPGA, modular USB module, and balanced R-2R Ladder Networks, eight multi-stage LDO Linear Regulators are employed.


DENAFRIPS meticulously hand-winds the oversized O-Core transformer in-house, incorporating multiple layers of copper shielding between the windings. This design choice effectively reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic fields (EMF).


The Ares 12th-1 offers the convenience of connecting to DENAFRIPS DDC (Digital-to-Digital Converter) and/or other compatible I²S transports, allowing users to maximize the benefits of the I²S connection.

This DAC operates as a non-oversampling R-2R DAC, ensuring that the signal fed to the DAC maintains its original sampling rate without any additional processing. 


The Ares 12th-1 stays true to being a genuine NOS (Non-Oversampling) DAC, preserving the integrity of the audio signal without any alteration.


The Ares 12th-1 R-2R DAC is an ideal choice for music enthusiasts who possess a modest stereo audio system. Its remarkable capability to convey music with a profound emotional connection is truly awe-inspiring.

Experience the joy of rediscovering your music with the Ares 12th-1 DAC, finely tuned to deliver a rich analog tone.

Above information taken from Denafrips Website.



  • Proprietary R2R + DSD Architecture 

  •  True balanced 24BIT  R2R +  6BIT DSD (32 steps FIR Filters) 

  •  Low Thermal Effect, High Precision Hand-Matched 0.01% Resistors  

  •  FEMTO Crystal 45.1548MHz, 49.152Mhz  



  •  Low Noise Power Supply 

  •  Digital Signal Processing via FPGA 

  •  Adaptive FIFO Buffer and Reclocking 

  •  DSD1024, PCM1536 Supports On USB Input 

  •  Proprietary USB Audio Solution via STM32F446 Advanced AMR Based MCU 

  •  Licensed Thesycon USB Driver For Windows Platform 

  •  Driverless On Mac & Linux 



  • DSD64 / 2.8224MHz (DoP) On All Input 

  •  DSD1024 / 45.1584MHz * On USB nput  

  • PCM 24bits / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192KHz On All Input 

  •  1536kHz* On USB Input 


Digital Input 

  • Coax x 1 

  •  TOSLink x 1 

  •  I²S x 1 

  •  USB2.0 Type B 


Analog Output

  •  RCA at 2.0Vrms, 625 Ω 

  •  XLR at 4.0Vrms, 1250 Ω 


Sampling Mode

  •  Non-Oversampling NOS / Oversamping OS 

  • Filter Selection Slow / Sharp 


AC Power Requirement

  •  100-240VAC, 50/60Hz (Worldwide Voltage, Manual Selector) 


Power Consumption 

  • ≤20W 


Frequency Response 

  • 20-70KHz -3dB 


THD+N 0.004% 


S/N Ratio 115dB 


Dynamic Range >119dB 


Stereo Crosstalk -124dB 


Dimension 215 x 230 x 45 mm 


Weight 3.5 Kg 


Color Black / Silver 


Warranty 36 Months 

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