Now Playing: Trans-Continental Hustle by Gogol Bordello
It’s a fitting soundtrack by which to write about the NuForce uDAC-2 SGE digital audio converter. I’m really doing Gogol Bordello’s signature brand of “Gypsy Punk” a disservice by using my laptop for playback. The band’s multi-layered compositions deserve better than a minuscule computer speaker. But when a full audiophile rig isn’t available, the new 24bit/96kHz unit from NuForce — connected to a computer via USB — should provide just the punch a digital music collection needs.
NuForce has taken the design of its uDAC-2 a step further by adding Swarovski crystal to the volume control, 24-karat gold to the chassis, and stainless steel to front and back panels. The uDAC-2 SGE features a high-performance D/A converter chip that translates data into an analogue signal and sends it to the connected component. The unit also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack that delivers optimal amperage and greater clarity. The uDAC-2 SGE features a double jitter-reduction mechanism and a high-voltage two-volt analogue output that run at low power with no need for an external power supply.
The uDAC-2 SGE has a retail price of $399.