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Northern Fidelity 

Northern Fidelity is a Platform of Lead Audio composed of DAC(NF DAC), Analog AMP(NF AMP-A) and Digital AMP(NF AMP-D) introduced after 2013. Feature of Northern Fidelity is 192 and 384 KHz of USB resolution and professional design with beautiful tone.

NF DAC-384                    


NF DAC-384 is the fourth generation of DAC(Digital to Analog Converter) plus Headphone Amp introduced by Lead Audio with 32 Bit and 384 KHz of Sample Rate.

After the introduction of the first generation of 24 bit and 48 KHz DAC named LA-100 in the Hifi market, Lead Audio attracted worldwide Hifi users with its natural, precise fidelity and heartwarming tone of sound. With its remarkably beautiful tone, Swedish Hifi magazine “Hifi & Musik” awarded LA-100 as the best DAC of the year in 2010/2011.

NF DAC-384 succeeded the sound design fundamentals of LA-100 but upgraded its features and quality for the Lead Audio customers who have always encouraged, urged and waited for the next generation of DAC. However, it is not only for the users who already know the beauty of Lead Audio’s sound but also for the new users who are ready to explore the new tone and timbre. 

Features of NF DAC-384

Lead Audio aggressively adapted high precision of components for NF DAC-384 which normally used for expensive High-end audio.

      1. High performance of Audio components used for expensive Hifi instruments

          . ES9018K2M DA Converter from ESS Technology and Wima Condenser

      2. 1 ppm of TCXO used for high precision of broadcasting equipment

          . NF DAC realizes Low Noise Master Clock with top-class of 1 ppm TCXO adaptation which has been used only for                    broadcasting equipments and uses double multiplication of frequency to secure 50% of Duty of Master clock. It                  fundamentally removes Jitter and Noise from the Clock so that the reproduction of the original sound becomes                 more substantial.

      3. Adaptation of special noise reduction technology know-how with 2 steps buffering clock

      4. Adaptation of Sample rate converting technology used for top-class of Hifi Audio to remove Jitter noise which is                 fatal to sound quality

      5. Adaptation of DC Coupled circuit for the high quality of sound which fundamentally eliminates the degradation of               the sound quality from the usage of capacitor

With all technologies above, NF DAC–384 realizes top-class of sound quality gets abreast of more expensive High-end products.

User oriented design              

NF DAC-384 is a true user oriented DAC. It has various inputs such as USB, Optical, Coaxial and Wireless(Bluetooth) and has various outputs such as Headphone, Balanced Line-out and Unbalanced Line-out to meet all different tastes of user’s selections. User can enjoy high-class of sound with his/her own selective input and output method with comfort.

Front panel has high-class of out looking with sanding, hairline and anodizing process of Aluminum material. NF DAC-384 realizes convenient user interface with input/out selection by microcontroller and master volume control by remote controller.

Input and output mode is selected from key operation in the front panel to meet user environment aggressively.

Input:   USB 2.0 Compatible è to PC       

            S/PDIF RCA 75 Ohm Input (coax) -> to CDP/DVD

            S/PDIF Toslink Input (Optical) -> to CDP/DVD      

            Bluetooth -> Bluetooth Spec 4.0 APTX compliant

Output: Phone -> to Head Phone (Front Volume Control, Remote Volume Control)

            Var out -> to Amplifier (Front Volume Control, Remote Volume Control)

            Out 2 -> to Amplifier (Remote Volume Control)

            XLR -> to Amplifier (Remote Volume Control)