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Simplified Desktop Audio

We designed The Element to simplify your desktop audio experience. Element's powerful headphone amp, ultra clean USB DAC, and graceful switch are all housed in a precision machined chassis with a comfortable knob. Enjoy seamless transitions between your powered speakers and headphones.

Description

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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 headphones of all technologies and sizes.

Features

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Smart Logic

Microprocessor controlled relays completely eliminate turn on/off pops and thumps produced by lesser amps.

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Ultra High Power

With 30V rails and peak output in excess of 1.5W, The Element drives all headphones on the market to extraordinary levels, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics.

Low Noise

Reference Grade Sound

The Element exceeds TPD criteria, outmatching our baseline for audible perfection. A wide DAC dynamic range maintains low noise and minimizes hiss.

Output Impedance

Low Output Impedance

The Element's extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response for all headphone loads.

Low Jitter

Dual Gain

Low gain of 1.0x is well suited to driving efficient IEMs, while High gain easily powers demanding full size sets.

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Auto Line Output

Automatic DAC Line-Output allows you to toggle between headphones and powered speakers at the push of a button.

Tech Specs

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Amplifier Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N 1kHz, 150 Ω 0.0009%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20kHz 150 Ω 0.0004%
  • IMD SMPTE 150 Ω 0.0005%
  • Noise, A-Weighted -108 dBu
  • Crosstalk @ 150 Ω -67 dB
  • Output Impedance 0.1 Ω
  • Channel Balance +/- 0.56 dB
  • Max Continuous Output, 600Ω 140 mW (9.4VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Output, 150Ω 505 mW
  • Max Continuous Output, 32Ω 1.1 W
  • Peak Output Power, 32Ω 1.5W

DAC Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.15dB
  • THD+N 100 Hz -0.15 dBFS 0.0023%
  • THD+N 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS 0.0016%
  • THD+N 10 kHz -0.15 dBFS 0.0019%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.0011%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.0012%
  • Noise A-Weighted dBu 24/96 -102 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) >112 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS 24/96 -0.02 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -100 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 11025Hz -113 dB
  • PCB Stackup 4 Layers
  • Maximum DAC Line-Output, 100K 2.10 VRMS

Data Support

  • Interface USB, Audio Class 1
  • Native OS Support Windows XP/7/8/10, OS X, Linux
  • Audio Formats 16/44, 16/48, 16/88.2, 16/96,
    24/44, 24/48, 24/96

Connectivity

  • Headphone Output 6.35mm (1/4")
  • Analog Input RCA
  • DAC Line-Output RCA
  • Digital Input USB - Type B
  • View Connectivity Diagram

Dimensions

  • Case Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
  • Weight 18 oz

Configuration

  • Dual Gain 1.0x and 4.7x
  • Thin Film Resistors 0.1% Tolerance
  • Volume Potentiometer Taper Alps 15A

Included

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  • The Element, Amplifier+DAC (v1.53b)
  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • 3ft USB Type A to Type B Cable

Downloads

  • Instructions
  • Optional ASIO drivers - SaviTech v2.4.0.1

    Please also note that ASIO drivers should only be installed when required by a specific application, such as professional mixing tools. Microsoft's Windows USB Audio Class 1 drivers are preferred!

    ATTENTION: SaviAudio drivers prior to v2.8.x require installation of a self-signed certificate. Archived drivers are available here.

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