e22 Mark II Digital to Analogue Converter
DSD 256 Fs / 12.288 MHz
DXD 32bit / 352.8 kHz
PCM 32 bit / 384 kHz
Owner’s Manual (Windows)
PLEASE READ BEFORE OPERATION
REV. 1.0.0e – 04/2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................... 2
Safety Information ....................................................................................................... 4
Explanation of Graphical Symbols ............................................................................................................ 4
Important Safety Instructions ................................................................................................................... 4
Precautions ............................................................................................................................................... 4
Welcome .......................................................................................................................... 7
e22 Mark II New Features ........................................................................................................................ 7
Quick Start ...................................................................................................................... 8
Package Contents ...................................................................................................................................... 8
Proper Device Placement .......................................................................................................................... 8
Front Panel Controls ................................................................................................................................. 8
Rear Panel Connectors .............................................................................................................................. 9
Infrared Remote Control ........................................................................................................................... 9
ASIO Driver Setup.................................................................................................................................... 10
exaSound Dashboard (Windows) ............................................................................................................ 10
Features ......................................................................................................................... 11
Windows ASIO Driver Advantages ...................................................................................................... 11
Automatic Sampling Rate Switching ................................................................................................... 11
Automatic PCM / DSD Switching......................................................................................................... 11
Bit-perfect operation independent from the Windows volume control and mixer ........................... 11
Asynchronous USB mode eliminates jitter caused by the PC or the USB interface ........................... 11
Hardware Volume Control and Volume Bypass.................................................................................. 12
Volume Control Integration with JRiver/JRemote .............................................................................. 12
Connecting and Powering the e22 DAC............................................................... 13
Connecting the Digital Inputs.................................................................................................................. 13
Connecting the Line Outputs .................................................................................................................. 13
Trigger Output......................................................................................................................................... 13
Direct Connection to Analogue Power Amplifier .................................................................................... 13
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Analogue Interconnect Recommendations ............................................................................................ 14
Connecting the Power Adapter............................................................................................................... 14
Surge Protectors ..................................................................................................................................... 15
Isolating the Cable TV Ground ................................................................................................................ 15
Remote Control Setup ............................................................................................... 16
Windows ASIO Drivers Step-by-step Setup Guide ........................................... 17
PC System Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 17
Windows ASIO Driver Installation ........................................................................................................... 17
Configuring Audio Player with ASIO Output ........................................................................................... 19
Using the e22 DAC ...................................................................................................... 20
Computer Playback Using the Asynchronous USB Input ........................................................................ 20
Power On/Off .......................................................................................................................................... 21
Volume Control ....................................................................................................................................... 21
Volume Bypass ........................................................................................................................................ 22
JRiver / JRemote Volume Synchronization Plug-in ................................................................................. 22
Settings Menu ......................................................................................................................................... 22
Step-By-Step Player Configuration Instructions ..................................................................................... 23
Playing Music From SPDIF Sources ......................................................................................................... 23
Specifications ............................................................................................................... 24
Limited One Year Warranty .................................................................................... 26
Copyright © 2011-2015, exaSound Audio Design. All rights reserved.
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Safety Information
Explanation of Graphical Symbols
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s
enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to
persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the Device.
Important Safety Instructions
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit
into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plug, receptacle, and the
point where it exits from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the device has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the device, the device has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not
operate normally, or has been dropped.
Precautions
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Before connecting the AC power adapter cord to the device, make sure the voltage designation of
the power adapter corresponds to the local electrical supply. If you are unsure of your power
supply, contact your local power company. The acceptable power input range is AC ~ 100V-240V,
50/60Hz
The device is still receiving power from the AC power source as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the device itself has been turned off.
Unplug the power adapter if you are not going to use the device for an extended period of time.
Hold the power adapter when unplugging. Do not pull on the cord.
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The power adapter is used as the mechanism for cutting off power, therefore make sure it is easy to
unplug.
To ensure proper ventilation around this product, do not place this product on a sofa, bed or rug.
High temperature will lead to abnormal operation of this device. Do not expose this device or
batteries to direct sunlight or near heating objects.
When moving the device from a cold location to a warm one, or vice versa, moisture may condense
on components inside the device. Should this occur, the device may not operate properly. In such a
case please turn the device off for 1-2 hours to facilitate moisture evaporation.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS DEVICE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
DANGEROUS HIGH VOLTAGES MAY BE PRESENT INSIDE THE ENCLOSURE. DO NOT OPEN THE CABINET.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL ONLY. THE DEVICE SHALL NOT BE EXPOSED TO DRIPPING
OR SPLASHING AND THAT NO OBJECTS FILLED WITH LIQUIDS, SUCH AS VASES SHALL BE PLACED ON THE
APPARATUS.
WARNING:
CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE MANUFACTURER CAN INVALIDATE THE
COMPLIANCE TO REGULATIONS AND CAUSE THE UNIT TO BE NO MORE SUITABLE TO USE. THE
MANUFACTURER REFUSES EVERY RESPONSIBILITY REGARDING DAMAGES TO PEOPLE OR THINGS DUE TO
THE USE OF A UNIT WHICH HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS OR TO MISUSE OR
TO MALFUNCTION OF A UNIT WHICH HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS.
FCC
Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the user’s authority
to operate this device. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This unit is compliant with the following CE regulations when an USB cable less than 3m is
used: CEI EN 55022:2009 Class B (Radiated Emissions), CEI EN 55024:1999, CEI EN
55024:A2/2003, CEI EN 55024:IS1/2008 (Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 50Hz
Magnetic Field Immunity Test and Electrostatic Discharges – ESD).
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This product, when no longer usable, when disposed off can’t be treated as generic garbage,
but must be disposed of at a collection point for recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment, in compliance with the WEEE regulation (Waste of Electrical and Electronic
Equipment).
By making sure that this unit is correctly recycled, you will help preventing potential damages
to environment and human health, which could be caused by the incorrect treatment of this
product as generic garbage. Materials recycling helps conserve natural resources.
We use our best efforts to ensure that information in this document is complete, accurate and
current, but otherwise we make no representation concerning the same. We reserve the right
to change or modify the information any time, without prior advice. It’s up to the customer to
ensure that the manual being consulted is the latest version.
ASIO is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
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Direct Stream Digital (DSD) is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Designed for Windows Media, Microsoft, HDCD, and the HDCD logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
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Apple, Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple, Inc.
All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing the exaSound e22 Mark II DAC!
The e22, a third generation DSD 265 DAC offers the highest digital audio resolution available on the
market today. e22 has vanishingly low jitter, distortion and noise levels, and astonishingly clean analoglike sound.
We hope that the e22 DAC will help you to enjoy world-class music experience for years to come. Please
take a few minutes to read right through this manual. Investing a little time now is the best way to
ensure that you make the most of your investment.
Your satisfaction is our highest priority.
Happy listening,
exaSound Audio Design
www.exaSound.com
CustomerService@exaSound.com
e22 Mark II New Features
New e22Mark II features include:
• Redesigned, more substantial and deeply sculpted front panel
• Auto–power up after sleep
• User adjustable power down after inactivity
• Maximum volume limiter allows the e22 to directly drive a power amplifier while protecting your
loudspeakers from damaging overloads
• MP3Safe™ software protection against clipping caused by faulty or erroneous signal processing and data
manipulation. MP3Safe analyzes incoming musical information, and safeguards against poorly formed
data words caused by errors in lossy encoding and digital signal processing. MP3Safe takes the crunch out
of your lower resolution music.
• The ability to extinguish the display light via the e22’s included IR remote for no visual distractions while
listening
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Quick Start
Package Contents
The following items should be in the box:
• e22 DAC
• Power supply
• A-B USB cable
• IR Remote Control
Proper Device Placement
Place the device on a stable solid base, far from heat sources. Do not expose the device to direct
sunlight. Allow at least 2.5 cm (1'') around the device for ventilation. Do not place the device on fabrics,
inside enclosed space, or in contact with curtains. Do not place the device on top of power amplifiers or
any other equipment that emits heat. Do not expose the unit to smoke, humidity, moisture and water.
Keep the length of analogue interconnects and speaker cables short for optimal sonic performance.
Remember that cables act as filters. Shorter cables have less impact on sonic performance. The shorter
the cables, the more transparent they become.
Front Panel Controls
Power Button
Headphones
Display
IR Remote Sensor
Setup
Input Selector
Volume Up
Volume Down
Headphones accepts a standard 1/4-inch stereo single-ended phone plug. Use a suitable
adapter for headphones equipped with a different plug.
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Rear Panel Connectors
Coaxial
SPDIF IN 1
USB
IN
12V Trigger
Output
XLR Line
Outputs
Outputs
Optical
SPDIF IN 2
Power Adapter
Connector
SPDIF IN1 - Coaxial SPDIF Input
SPDIF IN2 - Optical TOSLINK Input
DC 12V / 1.67A - Power Adapter
Connector 5.5mm O.D. by 2.5mm I.D.
USB - Classic USB connector
RCA Line
Outputs
RCA Line Outputs - Left / Right
Analogue Outputs
XLR Line Outputs - Balanced
Left / Right Analogue Outputs
12V Trigger Output - use to activate triggerenabled equipment
Infrared Remote Control
Volume Up
Display Light On/Off
Next Input
Previous Input
Power
Volume Down
Mute
Your unit is programmed to work with the supplied remote control.
The e22 DAC can be re-programmed to work with most infrared remote controls using Sony and NEC IR
protocols, for example the Sony RM-EZ4 Universal Remote, or the Apple Remote Control.
See the Remote Control Setup section for instructions on how to change button assignments and how
to pair a different remote control with your e22 DAC.
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ASIO Driver Setup
1. Login to http://support.exasound.com. Download and unzip the latest exaSound Windows ASIO
Driver.
2. Run exaSoundN1 5-1-3 Setup.exe and follow the prompts. ASIO drivers step-by-step setup
instructions are available on page 17 of this guide.
3. Reboot your computer.
4. Setup your ASIO compatible player (J. River Media Center, HQPlayer, Foobar 2000 etc.) to use
the exaSound ASIO driver. Check the Guides section of the exaSound blog for step-by-step
player configuration instructions: http://exasound.com/Blog.aspx.
5. Click on the exaSound Dashboard Icon next to the clock on the Windows System Tray and set
the master volume.
exaSound Dashboard (Windows)
View Selector
Channel View
Close Button
Master Volume
Channel Volume
Channel View
Channel Labels
Mute Button
Minimised View
Sampling Rate
Right-click the
Dashboard Icon
to display the
exaSound menu
System Tray
exaSound Dashboard Icon
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Features
The e22 DAC is based on the ES9018 Sabre32 reference DAC chip. It delivers 32-bit precision capable of
resolving the smallest signal details. The chip features patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ architecture and
Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. ES9018 delivers the industry’s highest performance levels that will
satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts.
Windows ASIO Driver Advantages
Using ASIO brings unique advantages that are hard to achieve and reliably verify with other Windows
driver technologies.
Automatic Sampling Rate Switching
PCM data is always streamed without re-sampling. Native Windows drivers often require manual
sampling rate selection and may apply implicit re-sampling when the source rate differs from the rate
set in the Windows Control Panel.
Automatic PCM / DSD Switching
Audio data is always streamed in its native format. e22 switches automatically between PCM and DSD
modes. DSD streams are processed in their native format without conversion to PCM.
Bit-perfect operation independent from the Windows volume control and mixer
The Windows volume control and mixer are optimized to provide wide compatibility and easiness of
use. These features come at the expense of sound quality. The resulting output is not bit-perfect or bittransparent. Third party proprietary Windows drivers are hard to be verified as bit-perfect because
factors beyond the control of the user can change the Windows sound processing chain.
Our proprietary ASIO implementation is completely independent from the Windows sound system and
always operates in Exclusive Mode. Only one player can take control of the ASIO driver. When playback
starts the player sets the driver sampling rate to be the same as the native rate of the current media file.
The sound data stream is delivered to the e22 FIFO memory buffer without any processing or
manipulation.
Asynchronous USB mode eliminates jitter caused by the PC or the USB interface
Asynchronous USB is a two-way communication method between a computer and an external USB
device. In this method, the USB device is running as a master, and the computer is acting as a slave that
delivers data only when requested by the master.
In the case of the e22 DAC, sound data is requested by the FPGA core and stored in the device FIFO
memory buffer. The FPGA core makes sure that the buffer never gets empty during playback. Data from
the buffer is streamed to the DAC chip. The precision of the timing of the output stream is determined
only by the DAC oscillators and it is not degraded in any way by the PC clocks or by delays caused by the
USB interface.
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Hardware Volume Control and Volume Bypass
The e22 DAC volume is controlled by the ES9018 DAC chip. It is completely independent from the
Windows software volume control. Audio data is always bitstreamed over the USB interface at full scale
0db/32bit resolution. Volume processing is performed by the DAC chip right at the border between the
digital and the analogue domains. This architecture offers signal to noise ratio comparable to the best
analogue volume controls and virtually no loss of digital resolution. Setting the volume to 0dB turns all
volume processing off and sets the device in volume bypass mode.
Volume Control Integration with JRiver/JRemote
The exaSound Volume Synchronization Plug-in allows JRiver 20 for Windows and JRemote to access the
hardware volume control built in all exaSound DACs.
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Connecting and Powering the e22 DAC
Before connecting, turn off the power to all the components in your system.
Connecting the Digital Inputs
All digital inputs are galvanically isolated to eliminate ground loop noise. The e22 DAC accepts three
digital inputs
• USB - This is the recommended and most capable input. It supports 2 channels PCM up to 32 bit
resolution at standard sampling frequencies from 44.1 kHz to 384 kHz, and DSD from 2.8224
MHz to 12.288 MHz.
Connect the e22 DAC to your computer using the supplied A-B USB cable. Most standard A-B
USB cables with length up to 6 ft (2m) can be used.
• SPDIF IN1 - SPDIF Input, 75-ohm RCA. Supports 2 channels PCM up to 24 bit resolution at
standard sampling frequencies from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz.
• SPDIF IN2 - SPDIF Input, TOSLINK, Optical. Supports 2 channels PCM up to 24 bit resolution at
standard sampling frequencies from 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz.
Connecting the Line Outputs
The e22 DAC offers two types of analogue line outputs - unbalanced (RCA) and balanced (XLR).
• Make sure that your analogue power amplifier is turned off.
• RCA Line Outputs - Left / Right - Connect the Left and Right RCA line outputs of the e22 DAC to
the amplifier line inputs.
or
• XLR Line Outputs - Left / Right - Connect the Left and Right XLR line outputs of the e22 DAC to
the amplifier line inputs.
Trigger Output
When the e22DAC is on, a 12 VDC signal is sent from the Trigger Output to control other devices. When
the e22 returns to Standby, the trigger signal is discontinued.
Direct Connection to Analogue Power Amplifier
If your music sources are digital, you don't need a preamplifier. The built-in volume control allows
analogue power amplifiers to be connected directly to the e22 DAC. Amplification always brings some
level of noise and distortion. Eliminating unnecessary amplification helps to achieve higher level of
transparency.
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Avoid connecting the e22 DAC to receivers and any other sound processing equipment
that performs analogue to digital (ADC) conversion. Digitizing the analogue output signals
back to the digital domain for processing will undo some of the benefits that e22 brings to
you. Remember that your sound system is as good as the weakest link in the sound
processing chain.
Analogue Interconnect Recommendations
Over-engineered interconnects made from exotic materials are unnecessary. When selecting cables, the
following characteristics are important:
• Reliable electrical contact
• Low resistance
• Robust mechanical design
Remember that cables act as filters. The shorter the cable, the more transparent your system will be.
Connecting the Power Adapter
To minimize ground noise and hum, it is recommended to connect the power cords of all components to
a single point - usually a single surge protector with multiple outlets. Connecting all components to a
single point, as close as it is practically possible minimizes the differences in ground potentials between
the components.
Using an Upgraded Power Supply
The e22 DAC comes with a 12V/1670mA power adapter. This power adapter has been
tested to comply with the DAC’s power supply and quality requirements and allows for
very high performance. A better unit may allow you to release the last bit of performance
from the e22 DAC. Please be advised that using a different power supply than the one
included in the package may void the warranty.
If you decide to use another power supply, the specifications marked on the back of the
e22 DAC must be observed.
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Surge Protectors
We strongly recommend the use of surge protectors for all of your audio and video components.
Isolating the Cable TV Ground
If you have a cable TV connected to your audio system, ensure that the TV cable ground is galvanically
isolated from the audio system ground. The TV cable ground, usually connected to the earth outside
your home, can have a significantly different potential than the audio ground. This condition can cause
audible hum. If you suspect this is the case, use a cable TV ground isolator just before the cable set-top
box or at the RF TV input.
When turning on and off your sound system, the power amplifier should be the last
component to be turned on and the first component to be turned off. This prevents power
on/off transients from being transmitted to the loudspeakers.
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Remote Control Setup
The e22 DAC is programmed to work with the supplied remote control. If you like, you can reprogram
the e22 DAC to work with a different IR remote control. The exaSound e22 DAC can be trained to
recognise commands from most infrared remote controls using Sony and NEC IR protocols.
Use the following procedure to change remote control button assignments or to pair the e22 DAC with a
different remote control:
1. Power on the e22 DAC. Make sure that the unit is not in
playback mode.
2. Press the Setup button.
3. Press the Volume Up button to confirm the remote control
programming mode, or press the Volume Down button to
cancel the operation.
4. Point the remote control to the e22 DAC display. Press and hold
down the remote control buttons for about one second during
each step below to assign functions to them.
5. Press the remote control button for increasing the volume.
6. Press the remote control button for decreasing the volume.
7. Press the remote control button for selecting the next input.
8. Press the remote control button for previous input.
9. Press the remote control button for turning the unit on and off.
10. Press the remote control button for mute.
11. Press the remote control button for turning the display light on
and off.
12. Wait until the remote control configuration is saved. Your e22
DAC is now paired for use with the new IR remote control.
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Windows ASIO Drivers Step-by-step Setup Guide
PC System Requirements
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Operating systems:
o Windows 8 x86 or Windows 8 x64
o Windows Server 2012 R2
o Windows 7, 32 or 64 bit
o Windows XP / 32 bit with the latest service packs installed
USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 interface
2 GB of RAM
10 GB disk space, mainly for music files
Windows ASIO Driver Installation
The first step required in the Windows setup process is to install the exaSound ASIO driver:
1. Don’t connect the e22 DAC to the PC until the driver is installed. Don’t worry if you’ve connected the
device already. Just disconnect it.
2. Download the latest driver.
You should have received an email from us with username and password. Please login to our
support website at http://support.exasound.com and download the latest version of the exaSound
Windows ASIO Driver. Don't use setup packages downloaded from other websites.
3. Unzip the installation package and double-click on Install.exe to start the installation. Follow the
instructions. In most cases you just need to accept the defaults on the following screens.
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4. Connect the e22 DAC. You should see a pop-up message on the computer screen indicating that e22
DAC is successfully installed. Note that this message has a different appearance on Windows XP and
Windows 7. Windows 8 may not display the message.
5. Upon completion of the Windows ASIO driver installation you will see the exaSound e22 Dashboard
Icon in the System Tray area next to the clock.
exaSound Dashboard Icon
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6. If you don't see it, right-click on the clock and select Customize Notification Icons from the menu.
7. Scroll down to the exaSound e22 Dashboard icon and from the dropdown select Show icon and
notifications. Click OK.
8. You should be able to see the exaSound e22 Dashboard icons at all times. The Icon changes to
indicate playback, and displays an exclamation mark when the USB cable is disconnected:
exaSound Dashboard
Stop Icon
Play Icon
USB Cable Disconnected Icon
9. Close all programs and reboot Windows. Some ASIO players may not recognise the driver if you omit
this step. If you don't restart Windows you may get an error message: "Hardware not present".
Configuring Audio Player with ASIO Output
You can use most ASIO-enabled software with the e22 DAC. In our experience JRiver Media Center and
Foobar2000 provided the best performance and sound quality.
Note: Configuration instructions Foobar2000 and JRiver are available on the exaSound Blog:
http://www.exasound.com/Blog/tabid/74/articleType/CategoryView/categoryId/10/Guides.aspx.
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Using the e22 DAC
Computer Playback Using the Asynchronous USB Input
Before turning your amplifiers ON, always check the e22 DAC front panel to make sure
that the volume level is below -25dB.
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The e22 DAC can be controlled from the front panel buttons, using an IR remote control or from
the computer screen.
Make sure that all cables are connected. Turn on the unit using the Power button on the front
panel or the remote control. The front panel display will light up. After powering on the USB
Input is selected by default.
Click on the exaSound e22 Dashboard Icon in the System Tray area next to the clock.
System Tray
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exaSound Dashboard Icon
You will see the exaSound e22 Dashboard window.
View Selector
Channel View
Close Button
Master Volume
Channel Volume
Mute Button
Channel View
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Channel Labels
Sampling Rate
Minimised View
During playback the current sampling rate is displayed under the master volume slider.
You can customize the channel labels: Select a label with the mouse and edit the channel title.
Press Enter to save or Cancel to undo the change.
Use the arrow button between the right channel and the master volume to toggle between
Channel View and Minimised View.
Use the X button in the top right corner to minimize the exaSound e22 Dashboard window.
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Power On/Off
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The e22 DAC has an automatic power-on function and it will turn itself on when playback is
detected.
The e22 DAC automatically turns itself off after a period of inactivity. Use the Power Off
Timeout setting to adjust the inactivity time interval before shutdown.
Volume Control
The e22 DAC volume is controlled by the ES9018 DAC chip. It is completely independent from the
Windows software volume control and it preserves the maximum possible signal to noise ratio.
The volume level changes in steps of 0.5 dB. At first power on, the volume level is set to -40dB. When
the dashboard is closed it remembers the volume level settings.
Use the sliders on the exaSound e22 Dashboard window to control the volume for individual channels,
and the master volume. The sliders can be controlled in several ways:
• By left-clicking and dragging a slider
• By positioning the mouse cursor over a channel and turning the mouse wheel. When the mouse
cursor is rested over the channel area the background color changes to indicate that the channel
is active
• By selecting a channel with the mouse and using the Up and Down arrow keys on the keyboard
The master volume can also be controlled from the device front panel or by using a remote control.
When the master volume level is changed, the value displayed on the exaSound e22 Dashboard and on
the device front panel display are synchronised.
Volume levels for individual channels can be controlled only from the exaSound e22 Dashboard.
The sound can be muted by clicking the Mute button under the master volume slider or by using the
remote control. Pressing or clicking Mute again restores the previous volume level. Pressing Volume Up
or Volume Down will cancel the mute state.
Make sure that your player application is configured to use the e22 DAC in ASIO mode (Configuration
instructions Foobar2000 and JRiver are available on the exaSound Blog:
http://www.exasound.com/Blog/tabid/74/articleType/CategoryView/categoryId/10/Guides.aspx).
Start playback. You will see the level indicators moving and the current sampling rate displayed on the
exaSound Dashboard. The e22 DAC front panel display will indicate the stream format (PCM or DSD), the
sampling rate and the master volume level.
Note: level indicators are inactive in DSD mode.
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Volume Bypass
When the volume sliders for the exaSound driver in the Audio MIDI Setup application are set to 0dB, the
hardware volume control is turned off and the e22 DAC operates in Volume Bypass Mode.
To activate Volume Bypass:
• Set the master volume slider to 0dB.
• Set the left and right volume sliders to 0dB.
• Make sure that your player is not changing the volume level.
JRiver / JRemote Volume Synchronization Plug-in
The exaSound Volume Synchronization Plug-in allows JRiver 20 for Windows and JRemote to access the
hardware volume control built in all exaSound DACs.
• Moving the JRemote or JRiver volume slider changes the master volume slider on the exaSound
Dashboard.
• Changing the master volume with the exaSound Dashboard adjusts the JRemote / JRiver volume
sliders.
Check the Guides section of the exaSound Blog for step-by-step configuration instructions for the
exaSound Volume Synchronization Plug-in: exasound.com/Blog.aspx.
Settings Menu
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Click on the exaSound icon on the Menu and select Settings.
Use the Max Volume setting to prevent accidental playback at volume levels that are too loud.
The e22 DAC automatically turns itself off after a period of inactivity. Use the Power Off Timeout
setting to adjust the time interval before shutdown.
Settings changes may not come into effect until playback is restarted.
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Step-By-Step Player Configuration Instructions
Check the Guides section of the exaSound Blog for player step-by-step configuration instructions:
exasound.com/Blog.aspx.
Playing Music from SPDIF Sources
The e22 DAC makes it possible to enjoy greatly improved level of sonic clarity and fidelity from SPDIF
sources. The sonic improvement is the result of the outstanding jitter cancelling capability, superb signal
to noise ratio, and low distortion levels of the e22 DAC.
You can connect up to two SPDIF devices, such as disk players and wireless music servers.
To use SPDIF sources:
1. Select SPDIF input by pressing the Input button on the device front
panel or by using the Previous Input / Next Input buttons on the
remote control.
2. The e22 front panel display will flash a Changing Input message.
3. The e22 front panel will display information about the input in use,
the current sampling rate, and the master volume level.
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Specifications
D/A Converter IC
ESS Technology ES9018S Sabre32 Reference DAC
PCM Sampling Rates Asynchronous USB ASIO
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz,
352.8 kHz, 384 kHz
DSD 64 Fs: 2.8224 MHz; 3.072 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates Asynchronous USB ASIO
DSD 128 Fs: 5.6448 MHz; 6.144 MHz
DSD 256 Fs: 11.2896 MHz; 12.288 MHz
Sampling Rates-SPDIF Coaxial IN 1
PCM 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Sampling Rates-SDIF Optical IN 2
PCM 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
0.000202% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
Intermodulation Distortion
-140 dB / 0.00001 % @ 19KHz + 20KHz 0 dBFS
2nd order IMD
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
128 dB, A-weighted, 2 Vrms
DAC Master Clock Jitter
0.082 psec (82fsec) rms
Frequency Response
0 Hz - 20 KHz (-0.15dB);
Phase
Non-inverting
Channel Separation
130 dB @ 1KHz
Digital Inputs
USB 2.0, SPDIF Coaxial, SPDIF TOSLINK (optical)
Number of channels
2
Windows 8 x86, Windows 8 x64, Windows Server 2012 R2,
Windows 7 x86, Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x86
Operating System Requirements
(ASIO Compatible Player is required for all Windows
platforms)
Mac OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite
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Digital Volume Control Steps
0.5 dB
Volume Matching between
Channels
Better than 0.1 dB
Line Output
Balanced (XLR), Unbalanced (RCA), gold-plated contacts
(XLR and RCA line outputs can be used simultaneously)
Line Output Level
4 Vrms (balanced)
2 Vrms (unbalanced)
Line Output Impedance
200 ohms
Line Output Offset
< 5 mV
Headphone Amp Current Output
500 mA peak
Headphone Amp Output
Impedance
0.5 Ohm, 20Hz-20KHz
Headphone Amp Output
0-7.6V
Headphone Amp THD+N
0.001142%,1Vrms into 60ohms
Headphone Jack
1/4" TRS SE
Power Jack Diameter
Internal: 2.5mm External : 5.5mm
Power Consumption
<20 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.5 x 2.2 x 9.25 inches (165 x 55 x 235 mm)
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1Kg)
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Limited One Year Warranty
exaSound's devices are warranted against defective workmanship or materials for one (1) calendar year
from the original date of purchase. This warranty applies only to exaSound brand products
manufactured by exaSound and sold to the original consumer by either exaSound or an exaSound
authorized reseller. This warranty does not apply to exaSound brand products imported and sold by
unauthorized dealers, distributors, or other sellers. exaSound may at its sole discretion, refuse to honour
the warranty of any such unauthorized product that may be presented for service.
Warranty service can only be performed by exaSound. Devices which are defective must be shipped prepaid and insured to exaSound for warranty service in accordance with our Return Policy published at
http://www.exasound.com/Store/TermsofUse.aspx. For products that we verify to be eligible for
warranty service, we will pay the shipping cost to return the Device to you via ground shipment.
If in our assessment the defect is covered by our Warranty, the defective item will, at our sole option, be
repaired, replaced with the same item or its functional equivalent, or the purchase price will be
refunded. exaSound in its sole and absolute discretion shall be the sole determiner of whether a product
is in fact defective.
Replacement parts and products assume the remaining original warranty, or ninety (90) days, whichever
is longer.
This limited warranty covers non-commercial use of this product, and shall not apply to the following,
including, but not limited to: applications and uses for which this product was not intended; altered
product or serial numbers; cosmetic damage or exterior finish; batteries and cable accessories;
accidents, abuse, neglect, fire, water, lightning or other acts of nature; incorrect electrical line voltage,
fluctuations and surges; failure to follow operating or maintenance instructions. exaSound does not
warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the product. This limited warranty shall not extend to
anyone other than the original purchaser of the product. It is non-transferable and states your exclusive
remedy.
exaSound hereby expressly disclaims all liability for product defect or failure, that are due to normal
wear, product misuse, physical tampering, abuse, product modification, improper product selection,
non-compliance with any codes, misappropriation or the failure of the Device while being used for
purposes for which it was not intended.
THE FOREGOING WARRANTY IS THE ONLY WARRANTY WITH RESPECT TO THE DEVICES AND WE MAKE
NO OTHER WARRANTY WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE DEVICES INCLUDING
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT WILL EXASOUND, OR ITS
AUTHORIZED RESELLERS BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF
SUCH DAMAGES RESULT FROM NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER FAULT.
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TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE, please follow these instructions:
• Contact exaSound customer service via email at CustomerService@exaSound.com with details of
the defect claimed, product model, serial number, date and place of the original purchase.
• If it is determined that your product needs service, a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA)
number will be issued to you along with return instructions and address of an exaSound service
center.
• Pack the product securely in the original packaging, with your assigned RMA number marked clearly
on the outside of the package. Send the package pre-paid and insured to the exaSound to obtain
warranty service.
• All returns must comply with our Return Policy displayed at
http://www.exasound.com/Store/TermsofUse.aspx.
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