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Product Description

The LavryBlack DA11 is a stereo digital to analog converter that accepts stereo digital audio via XLR, RCA, optical, and USB 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.

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For general information see digital to analog converter.




1.) Line outputs The DA11 has XLR line outputs for balanced or unbalanced connection. XLR to RCA adapters are included for connection to equipment with RCA inputs.

The XLR outputs can be configured for balanced or unbalanced connection using the front panel 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 front panel setting for both the included adapters and standard adapter cables is "Pin 2 on, Pin 3 Off." Please see page 1 of the eDA11 manual for setting instructions, and the Operation section of the manual for more details.

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

2.) 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.

3.) Digital inputs The digital inputs consist of (1) female XLR,(1) RCA socket, (1) "Toslink" optical input, and (1) USB connector.

The input format for the XLR, RCA, and optical connections is AES or SPDIF (IEC outputs is selected by front panel setting for "AES" or "SPDIF" (which is IEC 60958 type II).

The USB output utilizes the native OS drivers for both windows and Apple operating systems.

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