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

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

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Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this DENAFRIPS - PONTUS II 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.

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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!

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Balanced Output

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You may not even realise it, but most of us use a digital-to-analogue converter (commonly known as a DAC) daily. Built into your computers, tablets and smartphones, a DAC is fundamental to unlocking the convenience of digital music. Any device that acts as a digital sound source will need a DAC to convert digital audio to analog. A DAC converts the digital information stored in “0s and 1s” into an analog signal that's passed to speakers or headphones and ultimately our ear. In short, DACs play a large part in making digital music hearable. 

While this technical process is undoubtedly impressive, the DAC embedded into your smartphones or laptops is nowhere good enough to listen to your favourite music recordings in high quality. So, if you want to listen to music in high quality, an external DAC is essential to allow headphones or speakers to perform at their potential. An external DAC, first and foremost, will improve audio quality dramatically.


Connect With USB2.0
AES, I²S, Coaxial & TOSLink

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.


Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Guangzhou, DENAFRIPS specialises in creating premium audio equipment. Their core belief is that high-quality audio gear can be affordable. Dedicated to audio excellence, DENAFRIPS has garnered a devoted following, especially for their acclaimed line of R-2R DACs. Their product range includes DACs, DDCs, Pre-amplifiers, Power Amplifiers, and Headphone Amplifiers, with their DACs making a significant impact in the high-end audio realm. Commemorating 12 years of digital audio excellence, the best-selling Pontus II 12th-1 Anniversary Edition incorporates performance enhancements at the component level, audible to seasoned audiophiles. The original Pontus II DAC redefined expectations for R-2R Ladder DACs, and the Pontus II 12th-1 takes its superior sound quality to new heights.

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The Pontus II 12th-1 is an authentic balanced, dual-mono R-2R Ladder Network Arrays DAC. Each channel incorporates an independent high-speed FPGA for digital signal decoding, utilising four sets of 0.01% R-2R networks. This design choice minimises linearity error, ensures high decoding speed, and reduces digital noise, resulting in an audio signal with very low distortion and a dark background. All digital inputs undergo FIFO buffering and reclocking through onboard FEMTO crystal oscillators, providing excellent word-clock jitter rejection and reducing reliance on source equipment clock quality. The Pontus II 12th-1, a non-oversampling R-2R DAC, maintains the native sampling rate without additional processing, making it an ideal choice for music enthusiasts seeking intricate details, expansive soundstage, precise imaging, and a touch of warmth for enhanced musicality. Its outstanding performance contributes significantly to high-fidelity audio systems.

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Clean power is the bedrock of superior sound, and the DENAFRIPS Pontus 12th-1 ensures this with a dedicated linear power supply unit beneath the DAC motherboard. This robust unit, enclosed in 1.5mm thick metal alloy, adopts a box-within-box design to eliminate inherent dual-box issues. Notable features include dual O-Core Transformers for Digital and Analog sections, ultra-low ESR, long-endurance reservoir capacitors, and a multi-stage super-linear power supply, ensuring precise, low-ripple power supply charging. A significant change in the Pontus II 12th-1 is the introduction of a simplified AC main power socket, reflecting DENAFRIPS' commitment to high-quality power supply. Customised in-house with UPOCC gold-plated copper, the non-switched AC mains socket brings the device closer to an exceptional level of perfection.

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The DENAFRIPS Pontus II 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 Pontus II 12th-1 enhances the already impressive build quality of the Pontus II 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, TOSLINK, AES and USB as inputs, providing increased flexibility for the Pontus II 12th-1.

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3 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this DENAFRIPS - PONTUS II 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 2 reviews
Pugazhendi P. (Thiruvananthapuram)
Denafrips Pontus II 12th-1 : Simply Superb!

Frankly, I have been reading about DAC magic a lot without giving in. Recently, I bought Denafrips Aries II 12th edition just out of curiosity and tried it with my reasonably good hifi set up. I was shocked to realise what I have been missing so long. The DAC brought life into my music. Then my curiosity overtook my prudence and I adventured into Denafrips Pontus II 12th-1. Oh My God! This DAC just blew me away with its refinement over Aries II 12th. Music was like re-born. So much space, meat on the bones. Like singers sitting in your room and orchestral instruments arranged around you. It is so life like. Stunning and simply superb! Yet to get the full juice out of it since it is still burning in....

Hey there, thank you for the great review and ratings! So delighted that you are loving your purchase. Hope you had a comfortable shopping experience. Cheers!

Sanjay Marathe (Pune)
Denafrips - Pontus II DAC Outstanding Legendary Sound

I was very curious about the new trend of R2R DACs and heard a lot about Denafrips. I replaced my Marantz SACD 30N DAC with Denafrips -Pontus II - 12th Anniversary DAC and I couldn't believe my ears as if a miracle happened . It was a sound from a different world. Very musical , analog sounding , smooth yet detailed sound. The soundstage expanded unbelievably in all directions .. it is a 3 dimensional soundfield. The vocals sounded so natural .. to die for. No trace of harshness , distortion or digital glare ..The bass is punchy , very deep and nuanced , layered and textured . The instrument separation is fabulous and I could hear details never heard before . The treble is great without being aggressive. There is just no comparison with all the chip based DACs. This is an end-game DAC for me. It simply breathed a new life into my Hegel H390 amp and Dynaudio Contour 30 combination . Just go for this DAC .. you will never regret . Thanks HPZ for a prompt delivery . Vinshine from Singapore also provides good support for the product. 7 (******* ) stars.. I can only imagine how the top end DAC Terminator II plus from Denafrips would sound.

Hey there, thank you for the great review and ratings! So delighted that you are loving your purchase. Hope you had a comfortable shopping experience. Cheers!

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