Heed Dactilus 3 + Q-PSU
In designing the Heed DACTILUS, our aim was to create a D-to-A device which makes any digital source – CD players, DAB tuners, etc. – more enjoyable to listen to in musical terms. Used with higher ranking digital components it still holds its own against many on-board DACs with its strikingly different approach – a less analytical and processed presentation of music which conveys the musical message in a very fluid, natural, rhythmically engaging fashion. Even the primal Dactilus 1 with our first-ever DAC circuitry, the Dactil 1.0 module was capable of doing all that: "...it's seldom anything other than an enjoyable one to listen to and we're happy to recommend it..." as leading UK Magazine Hi-Fi Choice found it in their 2009 review.
The all-new second generation Dactilus 3, equipped with our new Dactil 1.2 DAC module, is capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing while extending upon the virtues of the earlier model, injecting extra transparency, information retrieval and dynamic capability. The features list is modest: optical (Toslink) and electrical (Coax SPDIF) digital inputs (selected using a rear-mounted switch) or an asynchronous, 24bit/192 kHz capable USB input into a single unbalanced output
The enhanced power supply of the QUASAR, the Q-PSU that also can be used as power supply upgrade with other components like the QUESTAR phono stage or the DACTILUS D-to-A converter is based around a 60 VA toroidal transformer with low-density magnetic field and very little dispersion. This power, together with 40,000 µF filtering, can feed the circuit with the kind of super-clean current usually delivered only by battery-based supplies, even with extreme dynamic swings.