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The MINI-DAC-FW is a MINI-DAC with FireWire Option Card.
Apogee's Mini-DAC, a professional quality, 24 bit, 192kHz D/A converter, is the ultimate portable and compact solution for studio playback, reference monitoring, and FireWire connectivity to your DAW, computer and premium home audio systems. It features Apogee's award winning audio quality and renowned dual stage "IntelliClock" in a rugged metal enclosure.
Professional, Portable, Affordable With the venerable DA-1000 in mind, Apogee set out to make a series of next-generation, compact, high quality converters that both audio professionals and home recording enthusiasts will not want to do without. And although Mini-DAC is built to go and priced to move (it is less expensive than any Apogee D/A ever), it delivers a feature rich D/A converter that is unrivaled in the pro studio world.
These days, if you are doing digital, you need connectivity options. Through Mini-DAC's ability to interface directly with your computer and virtually any DAW via FireWire, you get maximum flexibility for a myriad of input formats. And Apogee has taken advantage of this FireWire capability by expanding it to offer what we call ?digital-thru-mode?. This provides the exciting option of interfacing non-FireWire digital devices with your computer. To use digital-thru-mode, set your Mini-DAC's input selector to the FireWire option slot and connect any two-channel digital device like Apogee's Mini-Me, Trak2, or Rosetta, and you have just FireWire enabled your favorite A/D converter and interfaced it with your computer/DAW. No other hardware required!
If you are using both a Mini-Me and a Mini-DAC together in the same system, it is easy to connect both units to a single FireWire port on a Mac OS and Windows equipped computer. This makes it easy to use a combination of units and with a simple click of the mouse, set your synchronization settings for each connected unit.
Are you using a massive mixer just to ride your monitor levels? Or do you have a great A/D but inferior D/A? Then make a little room for Mini-DAC. With comprehensive level control and a high quality headphone output you can hear exactly what you are committing to while recording. And when it is time to mix down, Mini-DAC provides the optimum stereo image and the most faithful analog reproduction of your carefully recorded digital audio that money can buy.
Want to hear your music as it was intended? Then Mini-DAC is the way to optimize your home audio system. Connect your premium CD/DVD player to Mini-DAC and then out to your speakers for a superb sonic experience that your discerning ears will appreciate. With the Mini-DAC, you can use your CD or DVD transport as an audio source and any Firewire equipped computer. Now you can listen to your collection of MP3 and AAC encoded audio in iTunes and also bring a whole new listening experience to Podcasts and Internet based radio stations. Since both sources can stay connected your Mini-DAC you can simply connect your powered speakers to the balanced analog outputs and experience a whole new level of playback quality-from any of your audio sources.