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12th Anniversary 


"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. 


Good quality power supply is the foundation of good sound, Ares 12th is spotted with enhanced Linear Power Supply section with 'DENAFRIPS' capacitors bank. A large heatsink is glued on top of the constant current LDO Linear Regulators. The FPGA, modular USB module, as well as the balanced R-2R Ladder Networks are powered by eight(8 multi-stages LDO Linear Regulators. 

The oversized O-Core transformer is hand-wound by DENAFRIPS in-house, with multiple layer of copper shielding in between the winding to reduce the EMI/EMF.


Ares 12th I²S can be connected to DENAFRIPS DDC and/or compatible I²S transport to take advantage of the I²S connection. 

Non-Oversampling R-2R DAC /Signal fed to the DAC remain in its native sampling rate without additional processing. Ares 12th is a true NOS DAC. 


The Ares 12th R-2R DAC is the perfect DAC for music lover with modest stereo audio system. Its ability to reproduce music with great emotional connection is simply mind-blowing. 

Rediscover your music with the Ares 12th DAC, tuned with rich analog tone. 

Above information taken from Denafrips Website.



  • R-2R DAC 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  

  • Highlight 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 

  • DSD DSD64-DoP On All Input 

  •  DSD1024* 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 

  • Warranty 36 Months 

For more information or to purchase this item please contact us here or call us on the number below.


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