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GUSTARD - DAC-X18

Desktop DAC With MQA Decoding
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In case you receive the GUSTARD - DAC-X18 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

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- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
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Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

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3 14% ₹ 25,585 ₹ 1,757
6 14% ₹ 13,015 ₹ 3,092
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
18 14% ₹ 4,644 ₹ 8,585
24 14% ₹ 3,601 ₹ 11,423
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3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
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3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
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12 13% ₹ 6,699 ₹ 5,385
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
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3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 8,863 ₹ 4,765
12 15% ₹ 6,769 ₹ 6,232
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 8,863 ₹ 4,765
12 15% ₹ 6,769 ₹ 6,232
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 13.50% ₹ 8,809 ₹ 4,282
12 13.50% ₹ 6,716 ₹ 5,597
18 13.50% ₹ 4,626 ₹ 8,269
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 13.99% ₹ 8,826 ₹ 4,439
12 13.99% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,804
18 14.99% ₹ 4,678 ₹ 9,213
24 14.99% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,267
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 13% ₹ 8,791 ₹ 4,121
12 12% ₹ 6,664 ₹ 4,964
18 12% ₹ 4,574 ₹ 7,326
24 12% ₹ 3,530 ₹ 9,732
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 15% ₹ 8,863 ₹ 4,765
12 15% ₹ 6,769 ₹ 6,232
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 No Cost EMI ₹ 25,000 ₹ 0
6 No Cost EMI ₹ 12,500 ₹ 0
9 14% ₹ 8,827 ₹ 4,443
12 14% ₹ 6,734 ₹ 5,808
18 15% ₹ 4,679 ₹ 9,219
24 15% ₹ 3,636 ₹ 12,276
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Ideal for Audiophiles

These headphones are designed for discerning music lovers. If you are someone who cares about audio quality deeply, you'll want a pair of headphones like these. You can expect these headphones to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these headphones is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision. These headphones deliver a spacious and open soundstage that compares listening to music on actual speakers.

Metal build

The longevity of your headphone/devices is strongly affected by its build quality, and a poorly built pair is more susceptible to breaking in a short amount of time. This is even more important for the listener who travels with their headphones/devices frequently, as wear and tear are more probable.Headphones/devices built with metal and metal components usually tend to last longer and can withstand wear and tear and potential damage. Modern processes allow all kinds of precious and durable metals to be used while making devices and offer a longer lifetime for users.

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.

Volume Controls

If your headphones have volume controls, you will be able to adjust the volume level with a simple touch of a button without having to reach for your source device. Your music keeps playing without being interrupted or accidentally paused during playback. Having volume controls on headphones or at least in-line controls on the audio cable may seem unnecessary to some people, but they are, in fact, quite convenient.

GUSTARD INTRODUCES THE NEW HIGH-QUALITY DESKTOP DAC-X18

GUSTARD has released its latest desktop DAC, the GUSTARD DAC-X18. GUSTARD is a brand that has a good reputation in the audio industry for its well-designed and professionally equipped Hifi devices. For the DAC-X18, GUSTARD has featured a flagship-grade ES9038Pro DAC chip paired with a 16-core XMOS XU216 USB signal processor chip along with Bluetooth V5.0 connectivity with LDAC transmission, full MQA decoding, Balanced line-out, and many more features. DAC-X18 provides crisp high-resolution audio signal decoding with 32-Bit/768kHz PCM and native DSD512 decoding. DAC-X18 also houses their self-constructed CPLD logic processor that works together with premium HiFi components for class-leading performance achieving ultra-low THD+N and high SNR ratings. Upgrade your setup with the GUSTARD DAC-X18 today!
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EQUIPPED WITH THE FLAGSHIP-GRADE ESS SABRE CHIP FOR PRISTINE AUDIO

It is a well-known fact that your desktop audio chain benefits from a high-quality DAC system and this is just what the GUSTARD DAC-X18 delivers. At the heart of the GUSTARD DAC-X18 is an audio conversion stage using an ES9038Pro chip from ESS Sabre Technologies. This chip is known for its incredible performance and ability to provide accurate and transparent audio reproduction. The ES9038Pro chip is an eight-channel 32-Bit DAC that offers exceptional performance in decoding high-res audio signals with ultra-low THD+N ratings. With the ES9038Pro DAC chip, the GUSTARD DAC-X18 provides its users with top-quality audio signal decoding so that you can enjoy your music with the utmost clarity.

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FEATURES GUSTARD’S CPLD LOGIC ARCHITECTURE FOR EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE

GUSTARD DAC-X18 features the brand's self-constructed CPLD Logic architecture chipset, which incorporates several technologies, including clock management, PLL, DoP decoder and digital filters for precise operation between its internal components. GUSTARD has designed this integrated circuit for the DAC-X18 so that it single-handedly manages logic functions, clock management, 2nd PLL, digital shaping, DoP decoder and many more functions. This ALTERA CPLD (Complex Programmable Logic Device) chipset lays down the foundations for excellent sound quality and enables the DAC-X18 to perform exceptionally without errors or artefacts. This attention to every minutest detail makes the GUSTARD DAC-X18 a perfect addition to your audio chain.

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FULLY BALANCED 16 CHANNEL DESIGN INCORPORATED WITH PREMIUM COMPONENTS

GUSTARD DAC-X18 has a balanced architecture with eight independent I/V converters that are designed to work with each channel of the embedded DAC chip. The I/V stage features a premium OPA1612 chip providing exceptional performance with low distortion and high SNR ratings. To complement the balanced architecture, the team of engineers at GUSTARD incorporated resistors with a tolerance of 0.1% for the sections of the I/V converter for better performance. To further elevate the performance of the DAC-X18, two Accusilicon A5318-B clocks are embedded to ensure perfect synchronisation of the audio signal for low jitter level, promoting clear and pure playback. DAC-X18 also includes toroidal transformers and nichicon capacitors to enhance performance. The inclusion of these premium components enhances the performance of the GUSTARD DAC-X18 ten folds and delivers an immersive audio experience. ​

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EMBEDDED WITH XMOS CHIP AND BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY FOR HI-RES PLAYBACK

The team at GUSTARD have equipped the latest DAC-X18 with the new XU216 16-core USB processor from XMOS Technologies. It enables support for high-resolution PCM and DSD signal decoding over USB connections. DAC-X18 decodes 32-Bit/768kHz PCM and native DSD512 with great precision and clarity, ensuring accurate and neutral sound. The latest DAC-X18 from GUSTARD also supports digital Bluetooth input with the latest Bluetooth V5.0 connectivity, so you can connect your smartphone or any other Bluetooth enabled device to the DAC-X18 using a wireless Bluetooth connection and feed the audio signal to the DAC. With its balanced architecture and a dedicated Bluetooth antenna, DAC-X18 supports all the latest wireless transmission codecs like LDAC (up to 24bit/96kHz), AptX HD, AptX LL, SBC, AAC, ensuring sound quality equal to or better than CD quality.
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EXPERTLY DESIGNED WITH AN ARRAY OF CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS AND REMOTE CONTROL

GUSTARD has designed the DAC-X18 with premium components and high-quality materials. The DAC-X18 showcases a solid build and features an OLED screen on the front panel for easy visibility of various parameters of the device. This screen has adjustable brightness and automatic sleep time. These settings can be accessed and changed via the included Remote controller, reducing the need to reach out to your device again and again. The remote controller offers full functionality and can access any function on the DAC-X18. For the input stage, the DAC-X18 comes with IIS-H, AES, Optical, Coaxial and USB ports to easily connect your devices. The output stage DAC-X18 features XLR (Balanced) and RCA (Unbalanced) ports to send your audio out. To power the device DAC-X18 comes equipped with an independent power supply with a voltage switching switch (220 &110 V) to ensure it works around the world flawlessly.

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COMPLETE MQA DECODING ALONG WITH MULTIPLE DIGITAL FILTERS FOR ACCURATE SOUND

GUSTARD DAC-X18 has received the required certification to decode MQA files. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is the latest technology where high-resolution data is stored in small audio files. GUSTARD DAC-X18 brings support for MQA decoding, where after capturing the audio file, MQA folds the file to make it small enough to stream. This process is called ‘Music Origami’ and will playback audio on any device to deliver higher than CD-Quality. DAC-X18 also incorporates multiple digital filters and NOS (Non OverSampling) to reduce any artefacts in the audio signal. For PCM you get M-Fast, M-Slow, L-Fast, L-Slow, H-Fast, APO-Fast and BRICK filters and for DSD you get 47K, 50K, 60K and 70K filters. The inclusion of these elevates the quality of the audio exponentially for you to submerge in your music.
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2 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this GUSTARD - DAC-X18 comes with a warranty from GUSTARD that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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