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sep. 2015

Audio Over Ethernet

I am happy to announce another interface for upgrading our D/A Converter models: An audio over Ethernet card which supports all standard rates up to 192kHz and all the popular audio file formats.

This interface makes your D/A Converter an UPnP / DLNA Renderer unit, which is connected to your LAN via an Ethernet cable. A typical use case looks like this:

- To your network you have connected a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or a computer with audio files shared on the network.
- On the same network there is the D/A Converter with the Ethernet interface.
- An application on your phone or tablet controls the playback of files to the D/A Converter.

The nice thing of such a setup is that it can be controlled from any device and the audio files can reside on any other (or the same) device.
It is also possible to stream the files on the phone or tablet directly to the D/A Converter. This makes it simple to share the D/A Converter amongst several users with their individual playback devices.

The technical details of the Ethernet interface:
- UPnP AV 2.0 / DLNA
- plays and decodes common audio formats from HTTP streams
- resolution up to 32-bit, sampling rate up to 192kHz (DSD in preparation)
- support for gapless playback
- bit-perfect data transmission
- 2-channel asynchronous endpoint with external clocking for jitter-free playback
- Supports these formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC

The Ethernet interface can be built into the Weiss D/A Converters, namely:
DAC202, Medea, Medus, DAC1, DAC2, Minerva.

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