CY-5100dsd DAC

Reference DAC, digital pre-amp, headphones amp

Reference quality, native DSD and DXD support, and amazing sound!

Combined with top quality analogue components, the CY-5100dsd sets the highest standards digital to analogue converters. Your music never sounded so delicate. Beware though, the CY-5100dsd will merciless expose less-than-perfect recordings.

The CY-5100dsd is using dual Sabre32 Ultra DAC chips, one of the best in the world. The results are clear: immeasurable distortion, immeasurable noise floor, strong dynamics giving you a transparency and sound stage previous only available in equipment that cost the same as a car.

The CY-5100dsd is also a digital pre-amp with advanced digital lossless volume control. When desired, the CY-5100dsd can directly feed an end-amplifier.

With the build-in dedicated 2 Watts headphone amplifier with volume control, the CY-5100dsd is also the perfect combination for demanding headphones.

This model sold out, see CY-5100 MK-II


  • Supports up to 384kHz / 24bit digital audio over USB
  • Support for the ultra-resolution DXD format
  • 4 selectable digital inputs: Dual SPDIF, Optical, USB
  • Selectable digital filters
  • Automatic memory for all settings per sample rate and per input
  • Clear status display
  • IR Remote control
  • Outputs for amplifier and headphone
  • 48 bit calculated in-DAC volume control, retains the finest details
  • Compact design
  • Precision machined sturdy metal case, no vibrations

Applications & Specifications

Detailed technical specification:

Core DAC specs

  • Support for DSD256 and PCM 384kHz
  • Dynamic range: better than 128dB, non-weighted (24bit, 20Hz-20Khz, -60dB)
  • Frequency range: 5 Hz to 50kHz (-3dB point, @ 192kHz sample rate), 20Hz to 20kHz within 0.09dB
  • Total harmonic distortion better than 0.0005% (1kHz, non-weighted, 0dB-2V RMS, 24 bit)
  • Jitter: jitter from source is eliminated. SPDIF uses dual stage jitter eliminator
  • Component technology:  dual ESS 9018K2M DAC chips, Toroid transformer, 4 layer PCB board, PPS 2.5% capacitors, precision resistors, Studio quality audio op-amps, separate power sources for analogue, CPU and digital parts
  • Headphone output: max 4V RMS, impedance 16 Ohm or higher
  • Digital filter selection:
    • Standard, sharp slope (like most CD players)
    • Smooth slope (avoids ringing, but some aliasing)

SPDIF input

  • 2 inputs, RCA inch, gold plated, 75 Ohm impedance
  • Supports 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz, 176kHz, 192kHz sample rate in 16 and 24 bits
  • Dedicated SPDIF decoder chip, double stage jitter elimination


  • Optical input for use with TOSLINK cable
  • Supports 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz sample rate in 16 and 24 bit (176kHz / 192kHz might work but not recommended)
  • Dedicated SPDIF decoder chip, double stage jitter elimination

USB input

  • Supports  USB 2.0 / USB  3.0 @ 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz (DXD), 384 kHz sample rate in 16, 24 and 32 bit
  • Native DSD64 (2.8Mhz), DSD128 (5.4Mhz) and DSD256 (11.8Mhz) support trough ASIO
  • Audio class 2 async mode, compatible with Mac-OS, Windows driver included
  • Retiming & resample circuit to eliminate jitter from USB for the purest sound
  • Galvanic insulation from computer, no ground loop and leak current problems


  • IR remote control
  • Settings memory, memorizes filter selection per input.
  • Separate filter settings for DSD and PCM.
  • Control processor’s automatic sleep mode when playing music, combines the audio purity of manual designs with the comfort of processor control.
  • Environment: relative humidity 10 – 90% non-condensing, temperature limits:  10C– 40C operating, -20C to 80C storage.
  • Net weight: 3.2kg (DAC only), gross  weight: 4.0kg
  • Dimensions: 280 x 60 x 280 mm (excluding protrusions)
  • Power supply: maximum 15W, available in 115 VAC and 230 VAC models
  • Power cord, cinch cable, USB cable, user’s manual and remote control included
  • Designed by European engineers


At reference quality level, the CY-5100dsd will take center stage.

Upgrade existing CD player: connect using the SPDIF or TOSLINK input and instantly enjoy the obvious improved sound as jitter from the source is removed and the fully customized digital filter can set to match your personal music taste and existing equipment.

Replace old DAC:  Especially when your old DAC is more than 5 years old, the difference in sound quality is dramatic.

To ‘up-end’ your existing media player: If you own a media player system, you can now enjoy improved quality sound. Simply connect your music system’s digital output to the DAC.

To use your computer as high quality music source:  The CY-5100dsd DAC’s supports up to 384kHz and DSD128 formats, so you have the option to do all digital filter processing inside the computer for superior sound or play the highest resolution files available today.

88.2 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 352.8 kHz (DXD) sample rates are also supported; use a player like the Foobar 2000 to play super resolution files in bit-perfect fidelity.