DENAFRIPS - Ares 12th-1

Desktop R-2R Digital to Analog Converter (DAC)

Sale price₹ 114,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 129,999

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In case you receive the DENAFRIPS - Ares 12th-1 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

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A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)


Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this DENAFRIPS - Ares 12th-1 comes with a 3 Year warranty from Denafrips that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Denafrips's warranty in India.

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Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAC & Amps are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, a set of DAC & Amps like these would be ideal.

You can expect these DAC & Amps to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAC & Amps is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.

These DAC & Amps deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!

Ideal for
Desktop Use

Balanced Output

R2R Ladder


Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.

Connect With USB2.0
Coaxial, TOSLink & I²S


Founded in 2012 and headquartered in the picturesque city of Guangzhou, DENAFRIPS specialises in crafting high-end audio equipment. Their core belief is that top-tier audio gear need not carry a hefty price tag. With a product range dedicated to audio excellence, DENAFRIPS has garnered a devoted following among audiophiles. Their line of R-2R DACs has received significant acclaim in the industry. DENAFRIPS offers an array of audio equipment, including DACs, DDCs, Pre-amplifiers, Power Amplifiers, and Headphone Amplifiers. Since their introduction, their DACs have made waves in the high-end audio world. Marking 12 years of exceptional expertise in digital audio, the Ares 12th-1 Anniversary Edition embodies coveted features like I²S input, a newly designed anodised aluminium chassis, and several performance enhancements. If you're a music enthusiast seeking high-quality, expressive, and analogue-like sound, the Ares 12th-1 DAC is an essential addition to your audio system.

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For several years, DENAFRIPS has been renowned for its development and design of R-2R DACs. The Ares II, now named the Enyo, gained significant acclaim in the audiophile community for its purely analogue sound. Building on this success, DENAFRIPS has reimagined the Ares 12th-1, adding the convenience of connectivity to DENAFRIPS DDC (Digital-to-Digital Converter) and compatible I²S transports, enabling you to leverage the benefits of the I²S connection. The Ares 12th-1 operates as a non-oversampling R-2R DAC, ensuring the incoming signal maintains its original sampling rate without additional processing. As a genuine NOS (Non-Oversampling) DAC, the Ares 12th-1 remains committed to preserving the audio signal's integrity without alteration. If you value high-quality, emotive, and analogue-like sound in your music, the Ares 12th-1 DAC could be a pivotal component in your stereo audio setup.


The DENAFRIPS Ares 12th-1 incorporates an exclusive Balanced R-2R + 6-bit DSD architecture, offering a pure and organic audio experience. It supports up to 24-Bit/1536KHz, native DSD1024 (Direct Stream Digital), and PCM1536 (Pulse Code Modulation), making it a Digital To Analogue Converter with an R-2R DAC and discrete resistors. A notable addition is the customised AC mains power socket, designed in-house using UPOCC gold-plated copper, emphasising the importance of high-quality power supply for superior sound. The Ares 12th-1 features a non-switched AC mains socket and is further enhanced by a 60VA O-Core Shielded Transformer, also crafted in-house with UPOCC copper. This oversized transformer ensures a stable and ample power supply to the DAC's multi-stage linear power system, enhancing its overall performance.

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An essential element in the R-2R DAC architecture is the utilisation of ultra-precise resistors. In the DENAFRIPS Ares 12th-1, these resistors are of the highest quality, boasting 0.01% high precision, and they undergo a meticulous manufacturing process that incurs additional costs, contributing to the DAC's advanced technology. Each of these resistors is handpicked, methodically matched through precision machining, and verified by human oversight to meet stringent quality standards and exhibit minimal thermal impact. A total of 480 of these precision resistors work in harmony to deliver a remarkably musical listening experience. The Ares 12th-1 employs an Altera FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) for its Digital Signal Processing, offering an unparalleled musical journey.

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The DENAFRIPS Ares 12th-1 showcases an enhanced Linear Power Supply section, now integrated with a capacitors bank that bears the 'DENAFRIPS' brand, all manufactured according to DENAFRIPS' precise audio specifications. Alongside the constant current LDO Linear Regulators, a substantial heatsink is securely affixed. To cater to the power needs of the FPGA, modular USB module, and balanced R-2R Ladder Networks, eight multi-stage LDO Linear Regulators are deployed. Within this device, DENAFRIPS takes the extra step of hand-winding the oversized O-Core transformer, meticulously including multiple layers of copper shielding between the windings. This particular design choice effectively reduces both electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic fields (EMF).

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The DENAFRIPS Ares 12th-1 now boasts an anodised aluminium chassis available in both silver and black colour options, catering to those who prefer a more compact DAC with a silver finish. Building upon the success of its predecessor, the Ares 12th-1 enhances the already impressive build quality of the Ares 12th. This new iteration includes an I²S input and has undergone a redesign of both the back and front panels. The I²S connection enables compatibility with the DENAFRIPS DDC (Digital To Digital Converter) and other I²S transport options. The front panel incorporates input selection buttons for USB, COAX, OPT, I2S, OS/NOS, Phase, and Mute. Meanwhile, the rear panel has been upgraded to offer XLR and RCA as analogue outputs and Coax, Optical, I2S, and USB as inputs, providing increased flexibility for the Ares 12th-1.

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3 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this DENAFRIPS - Ares 12th-1 comes with a 3 Year warranty from Denafrips that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Denafrips's warranty in India.

Crafting Exquisite Soundscapes for Audiophiles

Denafrips incorporated in the year 2012, focuses on developing high-end audio equipment at a very affordable price. Through the years of intense Research & Development and continuous improvement, Denafrips has finally settled with their product range which is equipped with R-2R ladder DAC technology. The reason behind this direction is that the team at Denafrips strongly believe that the R-2R DAC technology is the best way to reproduce music.Among their line-up of high-quality equipment, Denafrips DACs have gained a massive following for their distinct sound and are adopted by many.

Fun fact:The name, Denafrips, stand for D-ynamic, E-xquisite, N-atural, A-ttractive, F-idelity, R-efined, I-ntoxicating, P-ure, S-ophisticated - This means a lot to the team, and it is the house sound of Denafrips products.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
murali krishna (Vijayawada)
Thank you Headphonezone and Vinshine audio

No words to describe the beauty of listening to Denafrips Ares 12th-1DAC. Listening to the all genres of music continuously (non stop) and never I was engaged so profoundly into music.Actually my listening room size is 12><7 (office) and the source is Shanling ET3 CD Transport , WiiM Mini Streamer and FIIO X5 Third Gen High Res DAP along with SMSL DA 09 Class D amp with the MICCA Rb42 Speakers. With the available audio equipment I believe I have not exploited the fullest capabilities of the Denafrips Ares 12 -1 DAC.I have only used the Optical and Coaxial outputs of DAC not yet explored the most popular I2s and USB outputs. Configuration of both USB and I2s functionality is a bit cumbersome so for the time being I have avoided those modes. So far so good.Vinshine team is so courteous to respond to all my silly and petty doubts. I once again thank Mr Raghav and the team of experts of Headphonezone without whose help and support I wouldn’t have had this majestic audio equipment and thereby the joy of listening to them. I recommend this masterpiece of equipment for all audiophiles. After configuring both USB and I2S modes I once again review this beautiful DAC. Good Luck.

Hey Murali, thank you so much for the amazing feedback! It means a lot to us. We are so happy to hear that you are loving our products and services.

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