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Product Description

Please note: the LavryBlack DA10 is a discontinued product.

The LavryBlack DA10 is a stereo digital to analog converter that accepts stereo digital audio via XLR, RCA, and optical inputs and outputs line level analog audio. There is also a built-in headphone amplifier and front panel 1/4" headphone jack. A stepped analog Volume control adjusts both the main line output and the headphone output level.

For general information see digital to analog converter.




Line outputs

The DA11 has XLR line outputs for balanced or unbalanced connection. XLR to RCA adapters or adapter cables can be used for connection to equipment with RCA inputs.

The XLR outputs can be configured for balanced or unbalanced connection using the internal jumper settings for "pin 2" and "pin 3;" which refer to the pin numbers of the XLR output connectors. The standard wiring for XLR to RCA adapters or adapter cables is to connect Pin 3 to Pin 1 ("ground") and pin 2 carries the signal. Thus, the correct internal jumper setting for both the XLR to RCA adapters and standard adapter cables is "Pin 2 Hot unbalanced." Please see DA10 manual for setting instructions, and the Operation section of the manual for more details.

Here is an illustration of the jumper settings for one channel:

DA10 Jumper settings illustration.png

The XLR output is Pin 3 "+" and Pin 2 "-" for normal signal polarity. Thus, for balanced or unbalanced Pin 2 "+" connections, the "hot" signal polarity is "normal" or "non-inverted" when the front panel POLARITY switch is set to "invert" Changing the Polarity setting to "normal" will result in inverted signal polarity for balanced and unbalanced Pin 2 "+" connections.

Headphone output

The front panel headphone output is driven by a discrete high-powered headphone amplifier that is capable of driving even low impedance HiFi headphones with ease. High efficiency headphones or "earbuds" designed for use with portable audio gear are not recommended for use with the DA11 as the headphone drivers could easily be damaged by the high power of the headphone amplifier. Please exercise care when to reduce the Volume of the DA11 prior to connection of headphones.

Digital inputs

The digital inputs consist of (1) female XLR,(1) RCA socket, and (1) Toslink optical input.

The status of the digital input is displayed by the DA1o front panel "Lock" indicator. If the input is "locked" to a valid signal; the front panel Lock indicator will illuminate. If it is not locked due to no connection or an invalid signal; the Lock indicator will not illuminate. If you have any problem when setting up the DA10 or using a different input, please check the Lock indicator to see if the DA10 is locked to a valid input signal.

The input format for the XLR, RCA, and optical connections is AES or S-PDIF (IEC 60958 type II) stereo digital audio.

AC Power

The DA10 adjusts automatically to AC power inputs of 90-264 VAC @ 47-63Hz. There are no settings to change.

Operating tips

It is advisable to unplug headphones when not using them, or prior to power turn-off or turn-on; particularly high-efficiency headphones


DA10 Manual

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