Clarus® is excited to announce the release of CODA, a new USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier that includes an MQA renderer.

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November 12th, 2020 —  The CODA features the latest in USB-DAC technology that provides ultra-low distortion, more detail, greater dynamics, and a bigger sound stage. Designed to be used with a smartphone, tablet or computer, the CODA has a 2-button volume control and a choice of three roll-off filters.

The heart of the Clarus CODA is a New Legendary ESS Professional Series SABRE® DAC audio converter with Hyperstream® II modulation that provides previously unheard-of improved sound stage and clarity. QUAD DACTM Technology delivers superb 124dB DNR and -112dB THD+N for the ultimate in sound quality with a stable sound field. The low-power USB controller supports USB 1.1 and 2.0 and can natively handle 32-bit 384 kHz PCM and DSD up to 5.6MHz. The CODA’s class G headphone amplifier provides class AB performance with ultra-low power consumption optimized for mobile use. The 2.0Vrms output voltage will provide plenty of power for the most demanding headphones and class G ensures it won’t drain your battery.

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CODA’s LED Indicator lights up in different colors to indicate the audio sample rate. Blue for standard definition, Green for high definition and Magenta indicating MQA rendering. MQA’s technology is used by global streaming service, TIDAL, and Xiami Music in China, to provide guaranteed delivery of the original sound recording. The two 64-step volume control buttons feature zero switching noise as well as provide a method of choosing one of three digital roll-off filters. The CODA’s software is upgradeable. As technology changes Clarus will provide improvements via firmware updates available its website.

Jay Victor designed the CODA with the new SABRE® DAC and these Audiophile features;

  • A High Precision Audio Grade Clock to reduce jitter
  • Audio Grade film capacitors
  • 1% tolerance metal film resistors and Tight Power Supply Regulation using Multi-Stage, Low Noise, High Ripple Rejection CMOS Based Regulators

Jay commented… “With any DAC, the printed circuit board layout is critical for low noise and best performance. Because of the small enclosed space, we used a high grade, high temperature PCB material to eliminate any overheating problems. It’s that level of attention to detail that enables CODA to provide a very enjoyable listening experience.”

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The Clarus CODA retails for $300 and ships on December 1st, 2020.


TributariesAbout Tributaries

Tributaries is a family-owned American company known as a leading provider of high-performance and high-quality Audio/Video, Digital Interconnect and Speaker Cables, AC Power Products and HDMI Electronics for the residential market. Tributaries has a dedicated dealer/distributor network in the USA and worldwide. Advanced design technologies and proven engineering principles are employed in all Tributaries product designs and cable constructions.

ClarusAbout Clarus

Clarus products are engineered to provide the ultimate listening experience for discriminating audiophiles. Leveraging the talents of celebrated designer Jay Victor, the Clarus Collection features an array of Analog and Digital Interconnects, Speaker and Power cabling, Power Conditioners and DACs. All Clarus Audio Cable products are custom-crafted and hand-made in Orlando, Florida, USA.


Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.