ODAC vs OL DAC

“Hey, I was just wondering what the major differences were between the ODAC and the OL DAC.” This fine question continues to pop up in emails, on the phone, on reddit, on Head-Fi, etc. I was excited to push OL DAC into the wild last November for a number of reasons. I’ve always placed great […]

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Introducing The Element by JDS Labs

JDS Labs has worked tirelessly to share this day with fellow headphone enthusiasts. We are proud to introduce The Element: We designed The Element to enjoy our headphones without compromise. Its amplifier renders shocking power, driven by an ultra clean DAC, all housed in a precision machined chassis with a comfortable knob. The Element beautifully drives […]

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Releasing ODAC RevB

Today we’re announcing a chipset update to ODAC. Revision B improves general reliability, while meeting or exceeding the original performance criteria set forth by NwAvGuy. This announcement will come as a surprise to many, considering ODAC was declared as the be-all and end-all of DAC transparency by a now absent engineer. This article explains who owns the ODAC design, why […]

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Introducing C5D, Amp+DAC

Today we’re pleased to release our new C5D Headphone Amplifier + DAC: On a related note, we pushed a major site update to JDSLabs.com last night. Please call, email, tweet, or reply below if you encounter any browsing issues. C5D Production Status Design: 100% Complete Benchmarks: 100% Complete Production: Ships by November 22 C5D is entirely complete […]

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Best DAC?

Lately we’ve received several phone calls which start like this: Customer: “Hi, I’m new to high end audio. Does [insert product] have a DAC in it? Do I need a DAC?” From these discussions, two observations are clear. DACs are suddenly “hot” on the market. The majority of prospective DAC buyers, especially those new to […]

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On the ODAC, and Recent Reviews

Okay, this post is in reply to our full email inbox this morning. Regarding NwAvGuy’s upcoming ODAC: JDS Labs is an official distributor of the ODAC An ODAC preorder page is live ODAC production began late last week in the USA, and will take about 4 weeks (release = May 2012) NwAvGuy has not released specific information […]

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