At last year’s RMAF, Resonessence Labs teased two new products: the VERITAS DAC – a compact, single-chipped take on an INVICTA Mirus shorn of its SD card reader – and a still-to-be-named network streamer. The latter’s development was subsequently shelved but the former saw first light of day in April this year.
Conversing with company mainman Mark Mallinson at RMAF 2016, VERITAS’ launch was reportedly held back so that the new 9028PRO DAC chip from pseudo sister company ESS Labs could be specified from the get go. The 9028PRO boasts a higher SNR than the forerunning 9018S chip as well as version II of ESS Labs’ Hyperstream technnology.
Out back, VERITAS offers the following connectivity: balanced and single-ended outputs; galvanically isolated AES/EBU and S/PDIF; TOSLINK and USB; and also retains its bigger bro’s Apple remote hijack and (downsized) volume control wheel. Price? US$2850.
The 9028PRO has also been used to elevate Resonessence Labs’ flagship D/A converters to PRO status. The MIRUS PRO and INVICTA PRO now sell for US$6000 a piece. Owners of previous models can have their units factory-upgraded for a flat US$1000.
In a corridor adjacent to Resonessence Labs’s midnight-black RMAF 2016 demo room, Mallinson gives us the low-down on this year’s product developments:
Further information: Resonessence Labs