Kinki Studio Vision DAC-1


The Vision DAC-1 is a Balanced DAC, equipped with a single AKM high-performance, high sound quality digital audio chip AK4495, with built-in XMOS XU208 USB interface, FEMTO clock, dedicated Word Clock input, supports up to 32/384k, DSD128 via USB, and 24/192k and DoP DSD64 via SPDIF.

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Cost-Is-No-Object Approach

The Vision DAC-1 is geared up with a high-cost 0.2um gold-plated printed circuit board (PCB). It uses two UK made AMPLIMO transformers, one each for digital and analog power supplies so that the power does not interfere with each other.

Goodbye Noise, Welcome Darkness

The two UK-made Amplimo transformers are encapsulated in the CNC-machined aluminum block, it’s extremely rare to see such design at this price point. The DAC main board is enclosed with 8mm thick of anodized aluminum ‘wall,’ effectively eliminating the nasty EMI/EMC induced from the surrounding equipment.

Signature Sound Characteristics

Neutrality, musicality, rich tonal quality, vivid sound imaging were the main characteristics we aimed for when designing the Vision DAC-1. A DAC that can produce an extremely detailed, high resolution and dynamic sound. The choice of components, the design, and tuning achieve just that. That is the Kinki Studio gear’s signature sound.

Technical Specifications
  • DSD: DSD64 (2.8224MHz), DSD128 (5.6448MHz)
  • PCM: 44.1, 48, 176.4, 192, 384, 768KHz
  • Sampling Rate: PCM 32/384KHz, DSD128/5.6448Mhz
  • S/N Ratio: 116db
  • Dynamic Range: 122dbA
  • THDN%: 0.008% @ 2Vrms
  • Frequency Response: 3-150KHz (0-3db)
  • Input: Coax, BNC, AES/EBU, USB
  • Output: RCA (3Vrms), XLR (6Vrms)
  • WCLK: BNC Word Clock Input
Dimensions & Weight
  • Dimensions: 430W x 90H x 330D
  • Weight: 11KG
Owner’s Manual
USB Driver

36 Months

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Featured Reviews

Kinki Studio Vision DAC-1 Review

In that sense, my DAC-1 sessions were déjà vu all over again. What to me had already become Liu’s signature voicing of robust fully embodied sonics with a minor slant toward the flattering also applied to his Vision converter. In that, it shared much with our tube-buffered Fore Audio DAISy1. That sold for €6’000 when the firm was still active. Three years later, the same coin could buy 4¾ Kinkis without relying on thermionic valves to achieve very similar sound. To any proper deflationist, that should be very attractive news. So far my Kinki score was three out of three without a misstep. Quite the hifi hat trick.
Credit: Srajan Ebaen @ 6moons

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