Audia Flight FLS DAC Board - Dreamedia AV
Audia Flight FLS DAC Board - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: Audia Flight

Audia Flight FLS DAC Board

Hand-built Italian DAC with high-res audio & connectivity
$1,999.00
$1,999.00

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Audia Flight FLS DAC Board

Unparalleled Audio Fidelity: The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board

In the quest for audio perfection, the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board stands as a monolith of excellence, a testament to the unyielding pursuit of the purest sound. This DAC board is not just a component; it's the heart of a superior audio system that promises to bring your music to life.

The Essence of High-Resolution Sound

With the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board, every note is a brushstroke in an auditory masterpiece. The board's core is the ESS Technology’s ES9028Pro chipset, a renowned DAC chip that ensures your music is reproduced with the utmost precision and clarity.

Digital Input Mastery:

  • USB Input: Supports up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512, catering to audiophiles who demand the highest digital audio standards.
  • Other Inputs: Two TosLink and one coaxial, each capable of up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM, alongside an AES/EBU input, provide versatile connectivity to accommodate your entire digital library.

Power and Grace

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board is a powerhouse, delivering audio that's as robust as it is refined. With output power scaling from 200Wpc into 8 Ohms, 380Wpc into 4 Ohms, to an astonishing 700Wpc into 2 Ohms, it's equipped to drive even the most demanding speakers with ease and poise.

Pure Sonic Spectrum

Audia Flight's commitment to a wide frequency response is evident in the board's range, extending from 0.3Hz to 500kHz (-3dB). This ensures that every instrument, every nuance, and every subtlety in your music is faithfully reproduced.

Sonic Purity

The DAC board's Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of 0.05% ensures that the music you hear is a true representation of the original recording, untainted by unwanted coloration.

Noiseless Background

With a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 110dB, the board provides an impeccably clean background against which your music can shine, allowing every detail to emerge without the intrusion of noise.

The Strength of Silence

A high Damping Factor of greater than 650 means that the board has the ability to control your speakers with an iron grip, ensuring that the audio signal is delivered with precision and that the speakers stop and start with exacting accuracy.

The Warmth of Class A

The DAC board operates in Class A for the first 8Wpc, offering the warmth and musicality that audiophiles cherish, while also providing the efficiency and power of a current-feedback architecture for the rest of its range.

Customizable Experience

  • Digital Input Renaming: Customize input names to suit your setup, making it intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Input Level Adjustment: Fine-tune the input levels with a ±6dB range for a balanced sound across all sources.

Italian Craftsmanship

Each DAC board is hand-built in Italy, ensuring that you're not just getting a piece of equipment, but a piece of art, designed to integrate seamlessly with the FLS10 integrated amplifier.

Tailored for The Audiophile

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board doesn't just play music; it invites you into the recording room, offering a seat at the mixing desk. Here, you can experience:
  • Phono Stage: A comprehensive phono stage with separate inputs for MC and MM cartridges, catering to vinyl enthusiasts.
  • Volume Control: A silky smooth operation with 0.5dB increments, putting you in complete control of your listening experience.
  • Remote: An aluminum remote that not only adjusts volume but also accesses additional settings, marrying convenience with luxury.

Pros That Speak Volumes

  • High-Quality DAC Module: Ensures satisfying sonic results, making every listening session an event.
  • Support for High-Resolution Audio Formats: Including DSD 512, so you can experience recordings as they were meant to be heard.
  • Multiple Digital Inputs: For versatile connectivity, ensuring that all your devices can be part of the experience.
  • Fully Balanced Circuitry: For pristine audio reproduction, capturing the emotional essence of your music.
  • High Power Output and Low Distortion: For an exceptional audio performance that is both powerful and articulate.

Designed to Delight

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board is a statement piece, both in performance and in presence. Its dimensions of 450 x 180 x 440mm (W x H x D) and weight of 36kg speak to its robust build quality and the seriousness with which it takes its role in your audio system.


Power Efficiency

Despite its impressive power, the board is designed with efficiency in mind. With a standby power consumption of less than 1 W and an operational power consumption of 840W for 200W RMS @ 8 Ohm both channels, it strikes a balance between performance and energy use.


The Heart of Your Home Theater

Imagine your home theater, powered by the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board. The lights dim, the opening credits roll, and you're immersed in a soundscape so vivid, so dynamic, that you forget the outside world exists. Dreamedia is here to make that vision a reality. Our team of experts can design a home theater system around the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board, ensuring that every component works in harmony to deliver an unparalleled cinematic experience.

Your Musical Journey Awaits

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board is more than just a product; it's a portal to a world where music reigns supreme. It's an invitation to rediscover your favorite tracks and to hear them in a way you never thought possible. With Dreamedia, this journey is just a consultation away. Let us help you design the audio system that will become the centerpiece of your home entertainment, and prepare to be moved by the power of sound.

Our Review

Introduction

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board represents the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship in the realm of high-fidelity digital-to-analog converters. Tailored for seamless integration with the esteemed FLS10 and compatible with the FLS9 integrated amplifiers, this DAC is a testament to Audia Flight's commitment to audio excellence. It aims to cater to audiophiles seeking a premium listening experience.

Design and Build Quality

Hand-built in Italy, the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board is a paragon of high-end audio design. Sporting a robust frame measuring 450 x 180 x 440mm and weighing a substantial 36kg, this DAC exudes a sense of durability and quality. The visual aesthetics align with its high-performance pedigree, showcasing a design that is both functional and elegant.

Digital Inputs and Connectivity

With a comprehensive suite of digital inputs, including dual S/PDIF optical, AES/EBU, and USB Type-B, the DAC provides ample connectivity. While the USB input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512, offering high-resolution audio capabilities, other inputs are limited to 24-bit/192kHz PCM. This array of connections ensures that the DAC can interface with a wide range of digital sources.

Chipset and Audio Performance

At the heart of the DAC is the ESS Technology ES9028Pro chipset, known for its exceptional signal purity and dynamic range. The DAC's audio philosophy centers on delivering an emotional and immersive listening experience, a promise it fulfills through meticulous engineering and high-quality componentry.

Customization and Control

The DAC offers fine-tuning capabilities, including gain adjustments for each input and the option to add dither—tools for the audiophile who loves to customize their sound. The aluminum remote provides a tactile and convenient way to adjust volume and settings. However, the menu system and operational quirks may present a learning curve for some users.

Power Consumption and Efficiency

Power efficiency is commendable, with standby consumption under 1W. However, when pushed to its full potential, the DAC can consume up to 840W, which is considerable but justified for the power and clarity it provides to the connected loudspeakers.

Additional Features

The DAC's phono stage is a highlight, offering dedicated inputs for MC and MM cartridges, which is a nod to vinyl enthusiasts. Volume control in 0.5dB increments allows for precise sound level adjustments, enhancing the user experience.

Sound Quality and Audio Reproduction

Sound quality is where the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board shines. With a wide frequency response from 0.3 Hz to 500 kHz, a high signal-to-noise ratio of 110 dB, and a damping factor of over 650, the audio reproduction is exceptionally clear and accurate. The fully balanced circuitry ensures that the sound quality remains pristine and free from interference.

Compatibility with Speakers and Systems

The DAC's high power output and low distortion make it suitable for a broad range of loudspeaker systems. It has the muscle to drive even the most demanding speakers, ensuring that it can be the centerpiece of any high-end audio setup.

Pros and Cons Analysis

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board boasts an array of pros, including high-quality audio performance, support for high-resolution formats, and versatile connectivity options. Nevertheless, the cons, such as a non-intuitive menu system and inconveniently placed DIP switches, may deter some users. Additionally, its size and weight could be a consideration for those with space constraints.

User Experience and Usability

In practical terms, the DAC's daily operation is geared towards the enthusiast who values sound customization over plug-and-play simplicity. The learning curve associated with its advanced features may not suit everyone, but for the dedicated audiophile, these are features that enhance the listening experience.

Value Proposition

When compared to its competitors, the Audia Flight FLS DAC Board stands out for its meticulous attention to detail and superior sound quality. While the investment is significant, the return in terms of audio fidelity is substantial, making it a compelling choice for those who prioritize acoustic excellence.

Final Thoughts

The Audia Flight FLS DAC Board is a formidable contender in the high-fidelity DAC arena. Its strengths lie in its exceptional sound quality, robust build, and extensive feature set. While it may present some usability challenges, those are overshadowed by its sonic capabilities. For the audiophile willing to embrace its intricacies, the DAC is a worthy investment that promises to elevate the home audio experience to soaring new heights.

Specifications

Digital Inputs

  • Type: S/PDIF optical (TosLink)
  • Quantity: 2
  • Type: S/PDIF coaxial (RCA)
  • Quantity: 1
  • Type: AES/EBU (XLR)
  • Quantity: 1
  • Type: USB Type-B
  • Quantity: 1

DAC Chipset

  • Model: ESS Technology’s ES9028Pro

Digital Input Compatibility

  • USB: Up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512
  • Other Inputs: Up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM

Balanced Operation

  • Fully Balanced: Yes

Output Power

  • Into 8 Ohms: 200Wpc
  • Into 4 Ohms: 380Wpc
  • Into 2 Ohms: 700Wpc

Frequency Response

  • Range: 0.3Hz–500kHz (-3dB)

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

  • Value: 0.05%

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

  • Value: 110dB

Damping Factor

  • Value: Greater than 650

Operating Class

  • Class A: First 8Wpc

Architecture

  • Type: Current-feedback architecture

Digital Input Renaming

  • Customizable: Yes

Input Level Adjustment

  • Range: ±6dB

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