If you’ve been active in the Head-Fi or personal audio space over the past decade, you’re probably very aware of Centrance. The brand also has a significant presence in the professional space and recently had its DACProHD top the “Dongle Madness” list which ranked over 200 models.
theirs M8V2 DAC/Amplifier just got reviewed by Lynn Miller and he lamented having to fire him; it was as competitive as its existing desktop system in a much smaller package. Given the importance of Centrance in both markets, it’s rather surprising that they haven’t had a desktop DAC/amplifier in their lineup so far.
Enter the new Center DAC mini; Don’t let the name fool you either, as the DACmini 2 is a full-featured desktop DAC/amplifier with all the bells and whistles most consumers would ask for in 2022.
The only problem is that Centrance hasn’t decided on the DAC and specs of the unit yet – consumers can decide that. You get to roll your own if you ask hard enough.
Much like the original DACmini from nearly 10 years ago, Centrance asked for user feedback to help decide which features to include.
Here’s what we know so far:
The DACmini 2 is a balanced desktop DAC and headphone amplifier as well as a preamplifier for use with powered speakers or a separate power amplifier.
It will offer both balanced and unbalanced options for the headphones and for the preamplifier.
It can be powered either directly from a computer or via a second USB Type-C charging port. In addition to USB inputs, the DACmini will have both coaxial and optical inputs as well as Bluetooth supporting at the both aptX HD and LDAC.
It will also feature multiple gain levels to allow the use of sensitive IEMs and hard-to-drive full-size headphones. A digital volume control for improved channel balance and reduced distortion and a custom equalization system designed to give users the best sound experience possible.
The aluminum enclosure shares its design aesthetic with the new Mac Studio for those who want to combine the two and create a true studio. But for non-Mac users, the DACmini is equally at home with Windows, Android or even Pi systems.
Centrance started taking pre-orders today and is offering the first 50 orders a $100 discount that will make the DACmini 2 only $999 USD for first time buyers. Pre-orders will continue at $1,099 after the first 50 orders with an expected retail price of $1,850 once the pre-order period ends and the unit is in full production.
For more information: centrance.com