How to Use

USB DAC AMPLIFIER
UDA-1
How to Use
About the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Features of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Features of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER [1]
Supported environment
System requirements for computers connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER [2]
Supported driver and application
Driver for the USB DAC AMPLIFIER [3]
Hi-Res Audio Player [4]
Preparations and connections
Preparations
What you need to do before starting to use the USB DAC AMPLIFIER [5]
Prep 1. Connecting speakers [6]
Prep 2. Connecting to a computer [7]
Prep 3. Turning on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER [8]
Prep 4. Installing the driver on a computer [9]
Hi-Res Audio Player [10]
Supplied accessories [11]
Preparing the remote control [12]
Standby mode [13]
Connections
Connecting speakers [14]
Connecting to a computer [15]
Connecting a smartphone [16]
Connecting a Walkman that supports High-Resolution Audio [17]
Connecting other playback equipment [18]
Connecting headphones [19]
Playing audio files
Playback
Compatible audio formats [20]
Enjoying music [21]
Sound quality settings
Using the DSEE function [22]
Setting the equalizer [23]
Parts and controls
Main unit
Names and descriptions of parts of the front panel [24]
Names and descriptions of parts of the rear panel [25]
Remote control
Names and descriptions of parts of the remote control [26]
Announcements
Specifications
Compatible audio formats [27]
Specifications [28]
Supported devices [29]
Notes
About the Protector function [30]
Precautions for use [31]
Trademarks
Trademarks [32]
Inquiries
Customer support websites [33]
Troubleshooting
Dealing with problems
General
The power is automatically turned off. [34]
The remote control does not work. [35]
The lamps on the front panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER flash. [36]
Sound input from the LINE IN jacks of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER does not output through the LINE
OUT jacks. [37]
Sound
No sound is output. [38]
There is severe humming or noise. [39]
DSD audio files cannot be played on a Mac. [40]
There are turn on/off pops or noise. [41]
If the problem is not solved
Customer support websites [42]
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AMPLIFIER
About the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Features of the USB DAC
Features of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Easy playback of music on your computer
Just complete Preps 1 to 4 in this Help Guide to connect your computer to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Then you are ready to enjoy music on your computer.
Playback of high-quality sound
The USB DAC AMPLIFIER can play High-Resolution Audio files such as PCM 192 kHz/32 bit and DSD
(Direct Stream Digital) audio files.
Furthermore, the USB DAC AMPLIFIER gives a more natural and expansive sound to compressed audio
files, such as MP3s, by restoring high-frequency sound and almost imperceptible sounds during fadeout, which are usually lost due to compression.
Playback of music on a smartphone or Walkman that supports
High-Resolution Audio
Audio file formats for Android devices and smartphones such as iPhone or for Walkman devices that
support High-Resolution Audio are also supported by the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
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About the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Supported environment
System requirements for computers connected to the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER
To output sound played back on a computer via the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, download the required
driver, then install it on your computer.
Note
When you use Mac OS X, if you want to play back DSD audio files, you must install the required
driver.(*)
To play back only PCM audio files, the driver is not required.
*
To play back DSD audio files (DSD Native playback), Hi-Res Audio Player (version 1.1.0 or later) is also
required.
OS
Windows 8.1 (32 bit/64 bit)
Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit)
Windows 7 (SP1, 32 bit/64 bit)
Windows Vista (SP2, 32 bit/64 bit)
Mac OS X v10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
Device
USB port (USB 2.0 compliant)
Note
One of the above operating systems should be installed by default. Upgraded operating systems and
multi-boot environments are not supported.
We do not guarantee operation for all computers even if they meet the above system requirements.
Furthermore, the following systems are not supported:
Personally constructed computers or operating systems
Upgraded operating systems
Multi-boot environments
Multi-monitor environments
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About the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Supported driver and application
Driver for the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Install the required driver on your computer, then you can output sound played back on the computer via
the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Note
When you use Mac OS X, if you want to play back DSD audio files, you must install the required
driver.(*)
To play back only PCM audio files, the driver is not required.
*
To play back DSD audio files (DSD Native playback), Hi-Res Audio Player (version 1.1.0 or later) is also
required.
Downloading the required driver
Download the driver from the following websites:
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/swu/8757
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
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About the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
Supported driver and application
Hi-Res Audio Player
“Hi-Res Audio Player” is player software that allows you to play back high-quality audio files with just a
simple operation. You can play back High-Resolution Audio files, such as DSD files, purchased in music
distribution websites, etc., simply by connecting the USB DAC AMPLIFIER to your computer, and
making simple software settings.
Downloading Hi-Res Audio Player
Download Hi-Res Audio Player from the following websites:
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/swu/8810
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
Hint
You can also playback audio files other than High-Resolution Audio files using “MediaGo.”
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
What you need to do before starting to use the USB
DAC AMPLIFIER
After you purchase the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, you must connect any external equipment and install the
required driver on your computer before you listen to music.
1. Prep 1. Connecting speakers
2. Prep 2. Connecting to a computer
3. Prep 3. Turning on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
When you have made all connections with other devices, then turn on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
4. Prep 4. Installing the driver on a computer
Install the required driver on your computer, then you can output sound played back on the
computer via the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
5. Enjoying music
Play back music files stored on the computer.
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Prep 1. Connecting speakers
Connect speakers to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, then connect the supplied AC power cord (mains lead).
Note
Make sure that the AC power cord (mains lead) of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is unplugged when
connecting any other cord.
1. Connect speakers to the SPEAKERS terminals on the rear panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER as
shown in the illustration below.
: SPEAKERS terminals
: Speaker cords (not supplied)
: Speaker (R)
: Speaker (L)
2. Firmly connect the supplied AC power cord (mains lead) to the AC IN jack on the rear panel of the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER, then connect the plug to a wall outlet (mains).
Note
Switch the EQUALIZER switch to “BYPASS” when you use speakers other than the recommended
SS-HA3 speakers (not supplied).
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Prep 2. Connecting to a computer
Connect a USB port of your computer to the
(USB) port on the rear panel of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER using the USB cable (supplied), then start up your computer.
Note
Make sure that the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is turned off when you connect a USB cable.
When a signal of a format not supported is input, the USB REAR lamp flashes. Inputting such a signal
may produce noise or even damage the speakers or headphones if played at a high volume.
: USB port of a computer
: USB cable (supplied)
: (USB) port of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Prep 3. Turning on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
When you have made all connections with the other devices, then turn on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
1. Press the
The
button to turn on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
lamp lights up in green.
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Prep 4. Installing the driver on a computer
Install the required driver on your computer first, then you can output sound played back on the
computer via the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
By connecting your computer to the
(USB) port on the rear panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER using
the USB cable (supplied), and playing back various sound files stored on your computer with the music
player software you are currently using, you can play back and enjoy sound with high quality.
1. Download the required driver from the following websites:
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/swu/8757
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
2. Install the required driver on your computer.
Install the driver by following the instructions provided on the download websites above.
Note
While installing the driver, do not disconnect the USB cable, and do not turn the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER off.
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Preparations and connections
Hi-Res Audio Player
Preparations
“Hi-Res Audio Player” is player software that allows you to play back high-quality audio files with just a
simple operation. You can play back High-Resolution Audio files, such as DSD files, purchased in music
distribution websites, etc., simply by connecting the USB DAC AMPLIFIER to your computer, and
making simple software settings.
Downloading Hi-Res Audio Player
Download Hi-Res Audio Player from the following websites:
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/swu/8810
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
Hint
You can also playback audio files other than High-Resolution Audio files using “MediaGo.”
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Supplied accessories
Main unit (1)
AC power cord (mains lead) (1)
Remote control (1)
USB cable (1)
Quick Start Guide (1)
Reference Guide (1)
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Preparing the remote control
Before using the remote control for the first time, remove the insulation film.
The battery is installed in the remote control at the factory.
Replacing the lithium battery
The working distance of the remote control shortens as the battery becomes exhausted.
Replace the battery with a new one following the procedure below.
1. Take out the battery case as shown below.
2. Replace the lithium battery CR2025 with a new one, with the + side facing up.
3. Place the battery case back in position.
Note
Keep the lithium battery out of the reach of children.
Should the battery be swallowed, immediately consult a doctor.
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Preparations and connections
Preparations
Standby mode
If you switch the AUTO STANDBY switch on the rear panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER to “ON, ” when
you are not using the USB DAC AMPLIFIER or there is no digital signal input to the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER for 20 minutes, the unit is automatically turned off and enters standby mode to reduce the
power consumption.
Before the USB DAC AMPLIFIER switches to standby mode, the
lamp flashes for 1 minute, and
then the lamp turns off.
Note
If a very short audio signal of only a few seconds duration is input, the sound may not be detected as
an audio input, and the USB DAC AMPLIFIER may switch to standby mode.
Even when no digital audio is input, the USB DAC AMPLIFIER may not switch to standby mode due
to the operation of other devices connected, or due to connection/disconnection of the cables.
Hint
When the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is in standby mode, you can start the USB DAC AMPLIFIER only by
pressing the
button on the remote control or the unit.
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting speakers
Connect speakers to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, then connect the supplied AC power cord (mains lead).
Note
Make sure that the AC power cord (mains lead) of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is unplugged when
connecting any other cord.
1. Connect speakers to the SPEAKERS terminals on the rear panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER as
shown in the illustration below.
: SPEAKERS terminals
: Speaker cords (not supplied)
: Speaker (R)
: Speaker (L)
2. Firmly connect the supplied AC power cord (mains lead) to the AC IN jack on the rear panel of the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER, then connect the plug to a wall outlet (mains).
Note
Switch the EQUALIZER switch to “BYPASS” when you use speakers other than the recommended
SS-HA3 speakers (not supplied).
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting to a computer
Connect a USB port of your computer to the
(USB) port on the rear panel of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER using the USB cable (supplied), then start up your computer.
Note
Make sure that the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is turned off when you connect a USB cable.
When a signal of a format not supported is input, the USB REAR lamp flashes. Inputting such a signal
may produce noise or even damage the speakers or headphones if played at a high volume.
: USB port of a computer
: USB cable (supplied)
: (USB) port of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting a smartphone
You can connect an Android device or iPhone to the (USB) port on the front panel of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER using a USB cable (not supplied) and enjoy playback from that device through the speakers
or headphones. For details on the devices compatible with this function, see “Supported devices.”
Note
When you connect a device that is not compatible with this function, the USB FRONT lamp flashes
slowly. Disconnect the device.
When an abnormal current is being input to the
(USB) port on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, the USB
FRONT lamp flashes quickly. Check whether there is a problem with the device connected.
Music files stored on a USB thumb drive, etc., cannot be played back.
Hint
The device is charged when connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER while the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
is turned on.
If a device that is not supported has a headphone output jack, you may be able to play back music
files by connecting the headphone output jack of the device and the LINE IN jacks of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER. For details on how to connect the device to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, see “When
connecting through LINE IN jacks” in “Connecting other playback equipment.”
: USB port of a smartphone
: USB cable (not supplied)
: (USB) port of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting a Walkman that supports High-Resolution
Audio
You can enjoy playback of High-Resolution Audio sources from a Walkman that supports HighResolution Audio.
Connect a Walkman that supports High-Resolution Audio to the
(USB) port on the rear panel of the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER using a High-Resolution Audio USB Adaptor WM-PORT Cable (WMC-NWH10,
not supplied) and output High-Resolution content digitally.
Note
The High-Resolution Audio USB Adaptor WM-PORT Cable (WMC-NWH10, not supplied) is not sold
in some countries or regions. You cannot enjoy playback of High-Resolution Audio from your
Walkman without this cable.
Walkman devices that do not support High-Resolution Audio are not supported.
The Walkman is not charged when connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Playing time of a Walkman connected with the USB DAC AMPLIFIER will be shorter than when not
connected.
: Walkman that supports High-Resolution Audio
: WM-PORT (22 pin)
: High-Resolution Audio USB Adaptor WM-PORT Cable (WMC-NWH10, not supplied)
: USB cable (supplied)
:
(USB) port of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting other playback equipment
You can connect other playback equipment such as the Super Audio CD player to the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER and enjoy playback from that equipment through the speakers or headphones of the USB
DAC AMPLIFIER.
Note
Make sure that the AC power cord (mains lead) of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is unplugged when
connecting any other cord.
Only the LPCM 2ch audio format can be played when the signal is input through the COAXIAL or
OPTICAL jack. Playing other formats may produce noise or even damage the speakers or
headphones if played at a high volume. When a signal of a format not supported is input, the
COAXIAL or OPTICAL input indicator lamp flashes.
Connect another audio player to the COAXIAL jack, OPTICAL jack or LINE IN jacks on the rear panel of
the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
When connecting through the COAXIAL jack
: COAXIAL jack of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
: Coaxial digital cable (not supplied)
: Coaxial digital output jack of other equipment
When connecting through the OPTICAL jack
: OPTICAL jack of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
: Optical digital cable (not supplied)
: Optical digital output jack of other equipment
When connecting through LINE IN jacks
: LINE IN jacks of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
: Audio cord (not supplied)
: Analog output jack of other equipment
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Preparations and connections
Connections
Connecting headphones
You can connect headphones to the PHONES jack on the front panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Note
When headphones are connected, no sound is output from the speakers.
Connect headphones to the PHONES jack on the front panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER as shown
below.
: PHONES jack of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
: Headphones
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Playing audio files
Playback
Compatible audio formats
The audio formats that the USB DAC AMPLIFIER can decode depend on the digital audio input jacks of
the equipment connected.
The USB DAC AMPLIFIER supports the following audio formats.
USB REAR (USB-B jack)
PCM (Sampling frequency: 44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit length: 16/24/32 bits)
DSD (2.8 M/5.6 MHz)
USB FRONT (USB-A jack)
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 kHz, data bit length: 16 bits)
COAXIAL jack
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit length: 16/24 bits)
OPTICAL jack
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 kHz, data bit length: 16/24 bits)
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Playing audio files
Playback
Enjoying music
You can output audio played back on a computer or device connected via the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
1. Press the INPUT SELECTOR button on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER repeatedly to select the input
source.
You can also select the input source by pressing the input selector buttons on the remote control.
When you want to output music files stored on the computer, select USB REAR.
2. Turn on the equipment and start playback.
When you want to play back music files stored on the computer, play back those music files with
the music player software you are currently using.
3. Turn the VOLUME +/– control to adjust the volume.
You can also adjust the volume by pressing the VOLUME +/– button on the remote control.
Note
Sound may be interrupted when the sampling frequency or audio format is changed.
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Playing audio files
Sound quality settings
Using the DSEE function
When the DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) function is activated, the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
restores high-frequency sound and almost imperceptible fine fade-out sound, which are usually lost due
to compression. This gives a natural and expansive sound to compressed audio files.
Note
The DSEE function works only for PCM format sound input via the digital connector.
The DSEE function works with audio sources in compressed formats other than PCM, such as MP3,
because they will be converted to PCM automatically by your music playback software.
The DSEE function does not work for DSDIFF, DSF format files.
The DSEE function does not work for sound input from devices that are connected to the LINE IN
jacks of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Hint
DSEE stands for Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, a high range compensation technology
developed independently by Sony.
1. Press the DSEE button on the remote control.
During playback using the DSEE function, the DSEE lamp is lit.
To cancel the DSEE function, press the DSEE button again.
Note
When you select an input source or input signal that is not supported, the DSEE function setting
cannot be changed. If you press the DSEE button when the DSEE function setting cannot be
changed, the DSEE lamp flashes three times.
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Playing audio files
Sound quality settings
Setting the equalizer
By switching the EQUALIZER switch on the rear panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER to “TUNED FOR
SS-HA3,” you can enjoy sound quality tuned for the recommended SS-HA3 speakers (not supplied).
Select the setting you prefer, because the actual sound quality may vary depending on how the
speakers have been installed.
“BYPASS” (Equalizer through) is selected as the factory default setting.
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Parts and controls
Main unit
Names and descriptions of parts of the front panel
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
(ON/STANDBY) button
Turns the USB DAC AMPLIFIER on and off.
Power lamp
When the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is turned on, this lamp lights up in green.
The lamp turns off when the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is in standby mode.
Input indicator lamps
The lamp of the input source selected lights up.
INPUT SELECTOR button
Press this button repeatedly to select an input source.
MUTING lamp
Lights up in amber when the muting function is active.
DSEE lamp
Lights up in blue when the DSEE function is active during playback.
PHONES jack
Connect headphones here.
(USB) port (Type A jack)
Connect a smartphone such as an Android device or an iPhone, etc., here using a USB cable (not
supplied).
You can play music on mobile devices supported by the USB DAC AMPLIFIER (sampling
frequency up to 48 kHz).
You can charge mobile devices.
PC connection is not supported.
USB flash drive connection is not supported.
To open the cover, pull it down.
9. PCM sampling frequency indicator lamp
The appropriate lamp for the frequency of the PCM High-Resolution Audio file being played back
lights up in white.
10. DSD lamp
Lights up in white when DSD audio is played back.
11. VOLUME +/– control
Adjusts the volume.
12. Remote sensor
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Parts and controls
Main unit
Names and descriptions of parts of the rear panel
1. DIGITAL IN jacks
(USB) port (Type B jack)
You can connect a computer (Windows/Mac). Supports playback of High-Resolution Audio
sources.
You can connect a supported Walkman using a USB conversion cable. Supports playback of
High-Resolution Audio sources.
The connected device is not charged when connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
COAXIAL jack
OPTICAL jack
D/A DIRECT, LINE OUT (analog output) L/R jacks
The D/A DIRECT, LINE OUT jacks directly output the analog signal through the D/A converter
without using any internal connectors or signal switcher, and realize the signal output excluding the
elements that deteriorate the sound quality as much as possible.
Connect your digital audio device to the OPTICAL or COAXIAL jack of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER
so that it can output the signal input from these jacks to the D/A DIRECT, LINE OUT jacks.
(LINE OUT jacks does not output the analog input signal from the LINE IN jacks.)
LINE IN (analog input) L/R jacks
SPEAKERS (speaker output) L/R terminals
AC IN jack
EQUALIZER switch
You can select the equalizer setting tuned for the recommended SS-HA3 speakers (not supplied).
(“BYPASS” is selected as the factory default setting.)
AUTO STANDBY switch
You can set the AUTO STANDBY function.
(“ON” is selected as the factory default setting.)
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Parts and controls
Remote control
Names and descriptions of parts of the remote control
1. Input selector buttons
Press the button to select the input source.
2. DSEE button
You can set the DSEE function.
3. MUTING button
Mutes the sound. To deactivate the muting, press the MUTING button again or press the VOLUME
+ button.
4.
(ON/STANDBY) button
Turns the USB DAC AMPLIFIER on and off.
5. VOLUME +/– buttons
Adjusts the volume.
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Announcements
Specifications
Compatible audio formats
The audio formats that the USB DAC AMPLIFIER can decode depend on the digital audio input jacks of
the equipment connected.
The USB DAC AMPLIFIER supports the following audio formats.
USB REAR (USB-B jack)
PCM (Sampling frequency: 44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit length: 16/24/32 bits)
DSD (2.8 M/5.6 MHz)
USB FRONT (USB-A jack)
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 kHz, data bit length: 16 bits)
COAXIAL jack
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit length: 16/24 bits)
OPTICAL jack
PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 kHz, data bit length: 16/24 bits)
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Announcements
Specifications
Specifications
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION:
With 4 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 20 - 20,000 Hz; rated 20 watts per channel minimum RMS
power, with no more than 10% total harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier section
Reference Power Output
23 W + 23 W (4 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%)
Rated Power Output
20 W + 20 W (4 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, THD 10%)
Speaker impedance match
4 ohms - 16 ohms
S/N ratio
LINE IN: 100 dB (short-circuit input, 20 kHz LPF, A Network)
USB IN: 100 dB (20 kHz LPF, A Network)
Frequency response
10 Hz - 100 kHz (+0 dB, –3 dB) (4 ohms, LINE IN)
Input section (digital)
USB REAR (USB-B jack)
USB 2.0 compatible
Supported format: PCM (Sampling frequency: 44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit length:
16/24/32 bits), DSD (2.8 M/5.6 MHz)
USB FRONT (USB-A jack)
USB 2.0 compatible
Supported format: PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 kHz, data bit length: 16bits)
COAXIAL jack
Input impedance: 75 ohms
Supported format: PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 k/176.4 k/192 kHz, data bit
length: 16/24 bits)
OPTICAL jack
Supported format: PCM (Sampling frequency: 32 k/44.1 k/48 k/88.2 k/96 kHz, data bit length: 16/24 bits)
Input section (analog)
Input sensitivity: 500 mV
Input impedance: 100 kilohms
Output section
LINE OUT
Output voltage: 2 V
Output impedance: 2.2 kilohms, 2 Hz - 80 kHz (–3 dB)
PHONES
17 mW + 17 mW (8 ohms, THD 1%)
55 mW + 55 mW (32 ohms, THD 1%)
170 mW + 170 mW (300 ohms, THD 1%)
General and others
Power requirements
Models for the USA and Canada: AC 120 V 60 Hz
Models for Europe: AC 220 - 240 V 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
On: 65 W
During standby mode: 0.3 W
Dimensions (approx.) (w/h/d)
225 mm × 74 mm × 262 mm (8 7/8 inch × 3 inch × 10 3/8 inch) including projecting parts and controls
Mass (approx.)
4.0 kg (8 lbs 14 oz)
Supplied accessories
See “Supplied accessories.”
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Standby power consumption: 0.3 W
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Announcements
Specifications
Supported devices
The devices you can connect to the
as follows.
(USB) port on the front panel of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER are
Note
Music files stored on a USB thumb drive, etc., cannot be played back.
“Walkman”
For information on the devices supported, refer to the following websites.
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
Smartphone
For information on the devices supported, refer to the following websites.
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
iPod/iPhone
The compatible iPod/iPhone models are as follows. Update your iPod/iPhone with the latest software
before using with the unit.
iPhone
iPhone 5/iPhone 4S/iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS/iPhone 3G
iPod touch
iPod touch (5th generation)/iPod touch (4th generation)/iPod touch (3rd generation)/iPod touch (2nd
generation)
iPod
iPod classic
iPod nano
iPod nano (7th generation)/iPod nano (6th generation)/iPod nano (5th generation)/iPod nano (4th
generation)/iPod nano (3rd generation)
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Announcements
Notes
About the Protector function
When an abnormal current is output to the SPEAKERS terminals, or when the internal temperature of
the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is too high, etc., all the input indicator lamps flash for 5 seconds, and the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER turns off automatically.
Check the connection of the speakers and then turn the power on again.
Check the location of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, and place the unit in a location with adequate
ventilation so as not to block the ventilation holes, and then turn the power on again.
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Announcements
Notes
Precautions for use
Precautions when disconnecting the power cord
Make sure that the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is in the standby mode when you disconnect the power cord
(mains lead) from a wall outlet (mains). If you disconnect the power cord (mains lead) during operation,
a loss of data or malfunction may occur.
On cleaning
Clean the cabinet, panel, and controls with soft dry cloth. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder, or solvent, such as alcohol or benzine.
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Announcements
Trademarks
Trademarks
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media are either trademarks or registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
This product is protected by certain intellectual property rights of Microsoft Corporation. Use or
distribution of such technology outside of this product is prohibited without a license from Microsoft or
an authorized Microsoft subsidiary.
Mac, Mac OS and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the
U.S. and other countries.
IOS is a trademark or registered trademarks of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used
under license.
Android and its respective logos are trademarks of Google Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders. In this Help Guide, TM and ® marks are not specified.
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect
specifically to iPod or iPhone, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple
performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with
safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may
affect wireless performance.
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Announcements
Inquiries
Customer support websites
Please access the following support websites for information on your USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
For customers in the USA:
http://esupport.sony.com/
For customers in Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/CA/
For customers in Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
For customers in Asia Pacific:
http://www.sony-asia.com/support
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Dealing with problems
General
The power is automatically turned off.
When the Protector function is activated, all the input indicator lamps flash for 5 seconds, and the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER turns off automatically.
If the AUTO STANDBY switch is set to “ON,” when you are not using the USB DAC AMPLIFIER or
when there is no digital signal input to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER for 20 minutes, the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER is automatically turned off. Before the USB DAC AMPLIFIER turns off, the power lamp
flashes for 1 minute.
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Dealing with problems
General
The remote control does not work.
Point the remote control at the remote sensor on the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Remove any obstructions in between the remote control and the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Replace the battery in the remote control with new ones if it is low.
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Dealing with problems
General
The lamps on the front panel of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER flash.
All the input indicator lamps flash.
When an abnormal current is output to the SPEAKERS terminals, or when the internal temperature of
the USB DAC AMPLIFIER is too high, etc., all the input indicator lamps flash for 5 seconds, and the
USB DAC AMPLIFIER turns off automatically.
The power lamp flashes.
If the AUTO STANDBY switch is set to “ON,” when you are not using the USB DAC AMPLIFIER or
when there is no digital signal input to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER for 20 minutes, the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER is automatically turned off. Before the USB DAC AMPLIFIER turns off, the power lamp
flashes for 1 minute.
The USB FRONT lamp flashes.
When you connect a device that is not supported by the USB DAC AMPLIFIER to the
(USB) port
on the front panel, the USB FRONT lamp flashes slowly. Disconnect the device.
When an abnormal current is being input to the
(USB) port on the front panel of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER, the USB FRONT lamp flashes quickly. Check whether there is a problem with the device
connected.
The USB REAR, COAXIAL, or OPTICAL input indicator lamp flashes.
When a signal of a format not supported is input, the corresponding lamp flashes.
The DSEE lamp flashes.
If you press the DSEE button when the DSEE function setting cannot be changed, the DSEE lamp
flashes three times.
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Dealing with problems
General
Sound input from the LINE IN jacks of the USB DAC
AMPLIFIER does not output through the LINE OUT
jacks.
The LINE OUT jacks of the USB DAC AMPLIFIER do not output sound signal input from the LINE IN
jacks, because doing so may damage the USB DAC AMPLIFIER depending on the devices
connected.
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Dealing with problems
No sound is output.
Sound
No sound is output.
Please check below to determine if the cause lies in the USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
Check that the VOLUME control is not set at the minimum level.
Check that the speakers are connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER correctly.
Check that the cord(s) are connected to the correct input jack(s) on the selected equipment.
Check that both the USB DAC AMPLIFIER and the connected equipment are turned on.
Check that headphones are not connected.
Check that the correct input jack(s) are being used.
When the MUTING lamp lights up, press the MUTING button on the remote control to cancel the
muting function.
You cannot connect through a USB HUB. Connect device to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER directory.
Please check below to determine if the cause lies in the computer you are using.
When you connect a USB port of your computer (Windows) to the
(USB) port on the rear panel of
the USB DAC AMPLIFIER, check that the required driver is installed on your computer.
Check that the volume control of the OS of your computer or player software is set properly. Also
check whether or not the muting of sound is set.
Playback sound may be interrupted by the operations of another active application.
Depending on the computer you are using, sounds may be interrupted or disturbed. If this occurs, set
the sampling frequency or bit rate to a smaller value.
Check that a playback device on your computer is set to “Sony USB DAC Amplifier,” otherwise
change the operating system settings.
The following procedures are examples.
The actual procedure may be different, depending on the environment in which you are using the
computer.
In Windows Vista/7: Select “Start” - “Control Panel” -“Hardware and Sound” - “Sound,” and select the
“Playback” tab in the “Sound” dialog box. Then select “Sony USB DAC Amplifier” and click the “Set
Default” button.
In Windows 8: Open the charms on the right side of the desktop and select “Settings” - “Control Panel” “Hardware and Sound” - “Sound,” and select the “Playback” tab in the “Sound” dialog box. Then select
“Sony USB DAC Amplifier” and click the “Set Default” button.
In Mac OS X: Select the Apple menu - “System Preferences” - “Sound,” and select the “Output” tab. Then
select “Sony USB DAC Amplifier” from the “Choose a device for sound output” list.
Some tracks are not output.
Tracks other than 2ch tracks cannot be played.
Confirm the audio formats that can be played.
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Dealing with problems
Sound
There is severe humming or noise.
Check that the speakers are connected to the USB DAC AMPLIFIER correctly.
Move your TV away from the USB DAC AMPLIFIER and other audio equipment.
The plugs and ports are dirty. Wipe them with a cloth slightly moistened with alcohol.
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Dealing with problems
Sound
DSD audio files cannot be played on a Mac.
You need to install driver software for Mac to play DSD audio files on a Mac. Additionally, you need to
use Hi-Res Audio Player (version 1.1.0 or later).
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Dealing with problems
Sound
There are turn on/off pops or noise.
Turn on/off pops or noise may be generated when you use your Windows computer in the following
ways:
Running multiple player software (Hi-Res Audio Player, Media Go, etc.) at the same time and switching
back and forth between them.
Switching back and forth between player software (Hi-Res Audio Player, Media Go, etc.) and other
software such as for viewing YouTube.
Running playback software on a computer that is running slow because it using multiple software or is low
spec.
In these cases, problems may be improved on by updating the USB port driver software to version
1.1. Download the driver software from the following website and update the software.
Models for the USA and Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/swu/8757
Models for Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
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Dealing with problems
If the problem is not solved
Customer support websites
Please access the following support websites for information on your USB DAC AMPLIFIER.
For customers in the USA:
http://esupport.sony.com/
For customers in Canada:
http://esupport.sony.com/CA/
For customers in Europe:
www.sony.eu/support
For customers in Asia Pacific:
http://www.sony-asia.com/support