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The Digital To Analog Decoder for music lovers

To commemorate DENAFRIPS’s 12 years of digital audio excellence, the most popular best selling PONTUS II 12TH-1Anniversary 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 Pontus II DAC shattered the expectations of what a R-2R Ladder DAC could be. PONTUS II 12TH-1 superior sound quality enhancement took it to another level.

The PONTUS 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 0.01% 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 dark background. 

All digital input are FIFO buffered and reclocked by the on board FEMTO crystal oscillators. The excellent rejection of word-clock jitter makes DENAFRIPS DAC less reliance to the source equipment clock quality. PONTUS II 12TH-1 can transform your consumer grade computer, CDPlayer to high-end sound quality.

Non-Oversampling R-2R DAC /Signal fed to the DAC remain in its native sampling rate without additional processing. PONTUS II 12TH-1 is a true NOS DAC.

Enhanced PSU & Conductors

  • Gold-plated copper screws and conductors for power transfer from PSU to DAC mainboard

  • Fine Tuning of the PSU at components level to further enhanced the AC/DC rectifiers and DC regulators

In the PONTUS 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 PONTUS 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


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.


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 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.


The PONTUS II 12TH-1 is ideal digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for music enthusiasts who prioritize intricate details, expansive soundstage, precise imaging, and a touch of warmth to enhance musicality.


Its remarkable performance is arguably one of the pivotal elements in high-fidelity audio systems.

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  



  • Encapsulated Ultra Low Noise Power Supply 

  •  FEMTO Crystal 45.1548MHz, 49.152Mhz  

  •  Adaptive FIFO Buffer and Reclocking 

  •  DSD1024, PCM1536 Supports On USB & I²S Input 

  •  Proprietary USB Audio Solution via STM32F446 Advanced AMR Based MCU 

  •  Licensed Thesycon USB Driver For Windows Platform 

  •  Driverless On Mac & Linux 

  •  Dual AES/EBU Input Supports 

  •  Sharp/Slow Filters Option 

  •  I²S Pinout Configuration 

  •  I²S DSD Channel Swap Configuration 



  • DSD64 / 2.8224MHz (DoP) on Coax/AES/Opt Input 

  •  DSD1024 / 45.1584MHz * On USB & I²S Input Only 

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

  •  1536kHz* On USB & I²S Input 


Digital Input 

  • Coax 1 via RCA 

  •  Coax 2 via BNC 75 Ω 

  •  TOSLink x 1 

  •  AES EBU x 2 

  •  USB2.0 Type B 

  •  I²S via HDMI LVDS  


Analog Output

  •  RCA at 2.0Vrms, 625 Ω 

  •  XLR at 4.0Vrms, 1250 Ω 

Sampling Mode

  •  Non-Oversampling NOS 

  •  Oversampling OS 


AC Power Requirement

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


Power Consumption 

  • ≤20W 

Frequency Response 

  • 20-70KHz -3dB 


THD+N -  0.0025% 

S/N Ratio -  120dB 

Dynamic Range -  >121dB 

Stereo Crosstalk -110dB 



320 x 330 x 80 mm 


Weight 8.5 Kg 


Color Silver / Black 


Warranty 36 Months 

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