Emotiva XDA-1 Differential Reference DAC for the Audiophile


As general rule of thumb, I try not to review equipment from manufacturers of products that I personally own as it can lend an air of bias on my part. I'm just letting you know up front that I own a UMC-1 pre/pro and three amplifiers from Emotiva. I find their products to perform very well and are true bargains in the A/V world. The reason I allowed myself to indulge in this review of their XDA-1 was because I have never used an outboard DAC and felt I could review it without (too much) prejudice. I'll admit, most of the audio shows I have attended that display fancy outboard DACs have usually left me thinking, "That's nice, but why would I need one of those?" Hopefully, this review will help answer that question.


  • Design: Solid State Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
  • DAC: Multibit Sigma-Delta AD1955; 8x Oversampling
  • Maximum Sampling Rate Accepted: 24 Bit, 192 kHz
  • MFR: 5 Hz - 48 kHz
  • S/N: 105dB (A-Weighted)
  • THD+N: 0.001%
  • Maximum Output: 12 Volts RMS
  • Inputs: 2 Optical Toslink, 2 Coax Digital, 1 AES/EBU, 1 USB
  • Outputs: 2 RCA (Unbalanced), 2 XLR (Balanced)
  • Internal Volume Control: Digitally Controlled in 0.5 dB Increments
  • Remote Control: Milled Aluminum Full Function Remote Control
  • Fully Discrete Differential Output Stage
  • Dimensions: 2.25" H x 17" W x 14" D
  • Weight: 6 Pounds
  • MSRP: $349 USA
  • Emotiva