Computers are increasingly used in high-quality audio reproduction. The major advantage of a computer versus an embedded system is the great freedom and upgrade possibilities that a computer offers. In addition, computers are often equipped with powerful processors for easy processing of DSD streams, DSP settings and/or upsampling.
There are more and more manufacturers who use computer technology in their digital playback devices. Though, the built-in DAC in computers (part of the motherboard) is not sufficient enough to realize a high-quality digital to analog conversion. An external DAC is necessary. The Pink Faun I2S bridge realizes a high-quality I2S (PCM) connection between the music computer and the DAC. The Pink Faun I2S bridge also works as a filter to eliminate as many negative effects from the computer as possible and to allow a digital signal that is as clean as possible.
The Pink Faun HEA bridge is the base card for the I2S connection between computer and DAC. Unlike SPDIF, there is no industry standard for I2S. Each DAC manufacturer is free to choose its own connection for the I2S input. To overcome this, Pink Faun has developed the high-end Audio bridge (HEA bridge). The HEA bridge is a high-quality PCIe card with a flexible output system which can be placed in any computer. Pink Faun has built up a large database with compatible I2S DACs in recent years. If your DAC is in the list of compatible devices, then the Pink Faun HEA bridge is the best to use for streaming PCM files up to 32bit / 192KHz.
I2S or IIC stands for Inter-IC Sound and is an electrical serial bus interface that is used for connecting digital audio devices together. It is used to communicate PCM audio data between integrated circuits in an electronic device. The I2S bus separates clock and serial data signals, resulting in simpler receivers than those required for asynchronous communications systems that need to recover from the data stream. A frequently heard criticism is that I2S is not suitable for use between two devices. This criticism is totally unsubstantial. The results achieved with the Pink Faun HEA bridge speak for themselves. The maximum length between the HEA bridge (integrated circuit one) and the DAC’s I2S receiver (integrated circuit two) is one meter maximum. This length is absolutely irrelevant for a digital signal such as I2S.
Each Pink Faun HEA bridge is clocked with a TCXO clock embedded on the card. Although this clock provides outstanding results, there’s always room to improve. Therefore, the Pink Faun HEA bridge offers a very simple upgrade system for its clock. The clock upgrade is mounted on a separate board and is very easy to install on the HEA bridge. No need to solder on or program anything in the HEA bridge. The clock upgrade can also be carried out at a later stage, no technical knowledge is required. The clock upgrade is easy to place and the HEA bridge automatically switches to the improved clock.
List of Compatible DACS
HDMI - Audio-GD NFB7.77
HDMI - Audio-GD R1
HDMI - Audio-GD R28
HDMI - Audio-GD R7
HDMI - Audio-GD R7HE
HDMI - Audio-GD R8
HDMI - AudioByte Black Dragon
HDMI - AudioByte Hydra
HDMI - AudioByte Hydra +
HDMI - AudioByte Hydra X
HDMI - AudioByte Silver Dragon
HDMI - Channel Islands Audio Transient Mk II
HDMI - DENAFRIPS Potus
HDMI - DENAFRIPS Terminator I2S-A
HDMI - DiDit DAC212
HDMI - Empirical Audio Off-Ramp 5
HDMI - Gustard A20H
HDMI - Gustard U12
HDMI - Gustard X12
HDMI - Gustard X20
HDMI - Holo Audio Spring DAC
HDMI - Holo Audio Spring II DAC
HDMI - I2S Aune DAC
HDMI - I2S Wadia DAC
HDMI - JAVS Digtial
HDMI - K&K Audio Extreme RAKK
HDMI - L.K.S Audio MH-DA003
HDMI - L.K.S Audio MH-DA004
HDMI - L.K.S Audio MH-DA004Mini
HDMI - M2Tech EVO Two
HDMI - M2Tech EVO Two Plus
HDMI - Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro
HDMI - Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA)
HDMI - Musica Pristina Virtuoso PCM DAC
HDMI - Pink Faun DAC2.32
HDMI - Pink Faun DAC3.32
HDMI - PS Audio Direct Stream DAC
HDMI - PS Audio Direct Stream Junior DAC
HDMI - PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC
HDMI - PS Audio Stellar DAC
HDMI - Rockna Wavedream DAC
HDMI - Singxer SU-1
HDMI - Sonore Signature Series DAC
HDMI - Stahl Tek Vekian DAC
HDMI - Wyred4Sound DAC-2
HDMI - Wyred4Sound DAC-2 DSD
RJ45 - Aqua Acoustic Formula xHD DAC
RJ45 - Aqua Acoustic La Scala mk II DAC
RJ45 - Aqua Acoustic La Voce D3 DAC
RJ45 - DENAFRIPS Terminator I2S-C
RJ45 - Empircal Audio Overdrive
RJ45 - I2S Kingrex DAC
RJ45 - L.K.S Model IV
RJ45 - Metrum I2S
RJ45 - Nagra HD DAC
RJ45 - Northstar Design Extremo
RJ45 - Northstar Desgin Mk II 192
RJ45 - Northstar Design DAC32
Other - Audial 3 x BNC
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