Cen.Grand 9i-92SA III dac, headphone amp, balanced preamp, blackfinish. The 9i-21 SA III uses dual dac ships to build their dac around, for improved audio quality from their single dac Lark model, as well as a more robust version of their innovative headphone amp design.
Cen.Grand 9i-92SA III most unique and compelling feature must be its outstanding headphone amp design:
Features Cen-Grand's proprietary design, both 6.35mm and XLR outputs via 4 mode options: Normal, BTL, Active Ground, Parallel
Normal provides accurate performance, especially for low impedance headphones
BTL provides powerful output, especially good match with high impedance
Active Ground recreates beautiful overtones, especially suited for vocal lovers
Parallel mode increases driving force without increasing gain, especially great match with medium impedance headphones
Cen.Grand 9i-92SA III ('Golden Thrush' model nickname) is a fully balance preamp with rca, xlr outputs, remote, as well as rca and xlr line inputs for analog or turntable sources. Makes an outstanding preamp to build a hifi system around, or to use with powered speakers.
Two ESS 9038Pro DAC chip are used, one for each channel. There are 8 internal DAC in each 9038Pro chip. The mode of multiple DAC channel running parallel has many advantages but it is not easy to get good sound from and heating is serious. The 9i-92SA III is different. With careful design, implementation and adjustment, the structure of 8 internal DAC running parallel is one of the key reasons for its outstanding audio quality. Digital inputs are usb, coax, optical and AES.
Cen.Grand 9i-92SA III specs:
Spdif input - PCM192
USB input - DSD512 PCM384
Dynamic range: 115dB
Signal to noise ratio: 115dB (A weighting)
Frequency response: ±0.4 dB (20-20KHz A weighting)