Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation's (AKM) flagship premium audio DAC: the AK4497 has been adopted in LINN Products Limited (LINN) Katalyst DAC architecture that is featured in new network music player Klimax DS/DSM announced on the 21th September 2016.
KATALYST is LINN's 4th generation DAC architecture. It delivers unparalleled precision thanks to five improved areas: a high-stability input reference level, independent power supplies, LINN-designed data optimization, a high-precision master clock, and the new ultra-low distortion analogue output driver.
Katalyst DAC architecture performs digital-to-analogue conversion with greater precision than ever and is now featured in both the Klimax DS and Klimax DSM. If you already own a Klimax DS or Klimax DSM, you can take advantage of the biggest performance upgrade by adding KATALYST to your player.
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The AK4497 is a new generation premium 32-bit DAC based on AKM's VELVET SOUND architecture that has been widely adopted by well-established high-end audio companies. High signal to noise performance is achieved by improving VELVET SOUND technology by supporting a larger current drive capability.
In addition, AKM has developed an original process that has greatly improved low noise performance and electric margin for audio devices, increasing data amount and enhancing original acoustic sound that can be found in the sound strength.
- Maximum Sampling Rate/Resolution：PCM768kHz/32-bit, DSD256 (22.4MHz)/1-bit
- S/N (SNR): 128dB
- THD+N: -116dB
- Sound Color Digital Filter: 6 Types
"Spatial Expressing Sound"
A New Generation of D/A Converters
Such as, "listening to directional sound",
the sound details are captured clearly and
preserving the emotions the artist expressed
without noise and distortion.