Gato Audio SDA-1
High End Integrated DAC / HPA with optional Streamer
The all new SDA-1 is the culmination of years of feedback from users of Gato Audio equipment all over the world. We have combined the very best and most sophisticated D/A converter technology with our unique analogue circuits and a balanced headphone amplifier, creating perhaps the most versatile Gato product for years. With the Streamer / DAC version of the SDA-1, you can also enjoy the latest formats from your favorite hardware source, external streamer or from the built-in streaming board, directly into your hi-fi setup... or a pair of quality headphones.
We have chosen the ESS9038PRO chip for this new DAC, as it has become the industry standard for the very best and most expensive DAC's and CD players on the market - and for good reason. With a careful implementation utilizing a super precise femto clock, seven low noise voltage regulators and refined analog circuits, we managed to obtain a sonic performance that is unbelievably detailed and yet very musical and smooth
Both via the USB port and through the optional streaming module, the SDA-1 offers all the best of the current available formats such as DSD256, MQA, and up to 32bit /384kHz PCM. Optical and Coaxial inputs accept up to 24bit/192kHz.
Mosfet Headphone Amp
The SDA-1 features both balanced and unbalanced headphone amplifiers, directly accessible from the front panel. It even features an analog input for connecting analog sources like turntables, phono stages, or for simply bypassing the built-in DAC. The fully balanced analog volume attenuation is not only leagues ahead of what you'd normally find on most cheaper DACs with "volume control", but also easy to operate directly on the front panel or via the remote. This makes the SDA-1 very convenient to use as a preamp for your power amplifier(s).
Our new, more powerful streaming board offers a variety of lossless streaming services such as Tidal Connect and Spotify Connect without the need of a third party app.
This of course goes hand in hand with a Roon Ready certification, support for Qobuz, internet radio and more. A high quality Bluetooth receiver is added to further enhance the daily usability.
Summary of Main Features
Sabre DAC, ESS9038PRO chip
DSD up to 256
Variable or fixed line outputs (can be used as simple preamplifier together with a power amplifier)
Fully balanced design, including headphone preamp
Balanced MOSFET line stage
Both balanced (6,3mm jack) and unbalanced (XLR jack) headphone outputs
Supported streaming services: Roon Ready, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Qobuz, Deezer, Internet radio, DNLA/UPNP, MQA, DSD
12V standby trigger
Designed, developed and built in Copenhagen, Denmark
20 Hz-20 kHz ± 0.2 dB
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION + N
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
> 113 dB
2.2 V unbalanced, 4.4 V balanced
1 x USB type B, 2 x RCA, 2 x Optical
1 x RCA
BALANCED ANALOGUE OUTPUTS
1 x gold plated XLR Neutrik
UNBALANCED ANALOGUE OUTPUTS
1 x gold plated RCA
1 x Unbalanced 6.3mm
1 x Balanced Neutrik XLR
SIZE AND WEIGHT
115 VAC/230 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz
STANDBY / IDLE / MAX : < 1W / 30W / 60W
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D)
325 x 105 x 375 mm / 12.8 x 4.1 x 14.8 in
10 kg / 22 lb