Heed Audio DACtilus 3 DAC

  • In designing the Dactilus, Heed's aim was to create a D-to-A converter device which makes any digital source – CD players, DAB tuners, etc. – more enjoyable to listen to in musical terms. Used with higher ranking digital components it still holds its own against many on-board DACs with its strikingly different approach – a less analytical and processed presentation of music which conveys the musical message in a very fluid, natural, rhythmically engaging fashion.

    Even the primal Dactilus 1 with Heed's first-ever DAC circuitry, the Dactil 1.0 module was capable of doing all that. The present generation Dactilus 3, equipped with Heed's Dactil 1.2 DAC module, is capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing while extending upon the virtues of the earlier model, injecting extra transparency, information retrieval and dynamic capability.

    The features list is modest: optical (Toslink) and electrical (Coax SPDIF) digital inputs (selected using a rear-mounted switch) or an asynchronous, 24bit/192 kHz capable USB input into a single unbalanced output.

    At the heart of the Dactilus 3 lies our Dactil 1.2 DAC module, which is based on a highly integrated Wolfson D/A chip. It handles all sources up to 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signals and, in spite of its striking minimalism, is capable of achieving astonishingly good performance.

    In order to avoid undesirable electro-magnetic interference within the chassis, the Dactilus has no on-board power supply, employing an external PSU. This can be upgraded with our Q-PSU for maximum performance.


    • S/PDIF, optical and USB 2.0 inputs
    • Upgradeable DAC and USB card system
    • Buffered analogue output
    • Separated, upgradeable power supply
  • Inputs: 1x S/PDIF RCA / 1x TOSLINK / 1x USB
    Outputs: 1x line out
    Frequency response: 3 Hz –
    Output level: 2.5 V
    SNR: > 97 dB
    Upgrade card options: 1 DAC 1.3 / 1 USB 2.0
    Supported sampling frequencies: 44.1 / 48 / 88.1 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (all inputs)
    Power supply options: X-PSU 30 (standard) / Q-PSU / Obelisk PX / Thesis Pi
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.5 x 7.5 x 22 cm

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