The Black Lion Audio White Sparrow DAC D/A Converter is a remarkable piece designed around the 32 bit capable ESS9012 chip. The Sparrow D/A converter features wide dynamic range and detailed, musical conversion that's equally functional in the project studio and in the mastering facility. The white model Sparrow D/A features Black Lion Audio’s most advanced clocking architecture to date, a stunning 128dB unweighted 20-20kHz dynamic range into 600 ohms. There are few D/A converters that can meet or exceed this kind of dynamic range, or provide you with similar clarity and musicality!
The Sparrow D/A features user selectable AES, coax SPDIF, and optical SPDIF for input connectivity. Output connections include both balanced XLR for pro studio, consumer level RCA for home stereo, and a high current Walt Jung-inspired headphone output. Two mute buttons allow for independent control of line or headphone signals. Front panel volume control governs headphone outputs, and line output level is fixed.
Which is more important, a good A/D or a good D/A? Black Lion Audio’s opinion is that both are equally important but for different reasons. When it comes to tracking, it's difficult to make up for the sonic influences of poor A/D conversion. Certainly a good D/A will help with instrument placement within a mix, but it can't alleviate the bloated, grainy, and wooly qualities inherent in poor A/D conversion. But a good D/A can make your source come alive. Whether you're simply listening to program material or mixing a project, a good D/A will help prevent listening fatigue and make editing and mixdown decisions much easier.