The Terminator is a curious name for a DAC. It’s as memorable as it is over-ambitious. Does it lay to waste every other DAC in the phone book? No — but its above average performance/value quotient is enough to give some of 2018’s heavier hitters some sleepless nights.
Made in China by the lesser-known Denafrips, the Terminator’s feature set and circuit design connotes a certain duality: a DAC that comprehensively nods to the past with an R-2R decoding methodology and (optional) NOS, but locks onto the present with 24bit/384kHz- / native DSD-capable USB, both I2S inputs ‘standards’ (a rarity), a pair of Femto clocks and FPGA-powered data marshalling.… Read the full article