Our loaner unit has BLACK finish.
The Weiss DAC 502 now features Audeze Equalization in the
headphone section! Users of Audeze headphones with either Weiss
DAC---whether recording/mastering engineers or passionate listeners at
home---can now utilize frequency equalization curves that optimize
performance, and ensure standardized response.
The Weiss DAC 502
is available with digital output only or with Headphone amplifier and
1/4" and Balanced headphone jacks included. Also available in Black or Silver
DAC501 and DAC502
Engineering DAC501Weiss products are precision-built in Switzerland to
the most rigorous professional standards, designed to deliver flawless
performance over years of constant use. In addition to their expertise
in digital conversion, Weiss is a leader in DSP, featured in many of
The DAC501 and DAC502 share the same circuitry
and components, and differ primarily in form-factor: the DAC501 is a
compact, half-width unit, allowing placement flexibility in desktop and
studio applications, as well as in home systems of any size. The DAC502
features a standard, full-width chassis; it also differs from the DAC501
by including a four-pin balanced headphone connector on the back of the
Both units incorporate a stainless steel chassis with
a robust 10mm aluminum faceplate. Digital processing is performed by a
pair of 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips per channel, providing superb channel
separation and noise-rejection. An internal high-precision clock
generator clocks the DACs at a frequency of about 195kHz; PCM signals up
to 384 kHz and DSD x64 and x128 are reclocked to 195kHz. Power supplies
are linear, incorporating dual toroidal transformers and separate
regulators for each channel, minimizing noise and crosstalk.
are five digital inputs: AES/EBU or S/PDIF via XLR, Toslink, or RCA;
UPnP/DLNA via Ethernet; and USB. Outputs are by balanced XLR and
unbalanced RCA; both units have front panel ¼” headphone jacks, and the
DAC502 has an additional 4-pin XLR output on its back panel. Line and
headphone outputs are separate, and discrete.
With their touch
screen display both units are extremely intuitive and easy to set up and
easy to use. Both can also be controlled by the provided full-function
remote control, or by a web interface. Both units are networkable and
Roon Ready and available in black or silver finish. Click picture below
for a large image.
Weiss Engineering DAC502 Rear
uncannily open and detailed. The device's translucence has to be heard
to be believed. Even compared to many more expensive designs, it is
incisive and revealing of what is in play. It's clear that this is a
special sounding digital converter.
David Price, Hi-Fi News, December 2018
Would I recommend the Weiss DAC502? In a heartbeat. It doesn't
merely sound clear, alive, full, and supremely musical; it also offers a
headphone jack and a host of DSP options. I would be more than content
to live with the DAC502 for many years to come.
Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Class A+ Recommended Component, October 2020
To say that I was impressed with the Weiss DAC501 is a gross
understatement. The Weiss DAC501 ranks among the top of my running list
of favorite DACs. Bravo!
Michael Lavorgna, Twittering Machines, Favorite DAC Award, February 2021