UDA18 USB DAC with Isolated USB signal
The UDA18 is an update to our 9018D series and we've added several features. The biggest change is the USB i2s isolation. We have earlier made a standalone i2s/DSD isolator board, and we’ve now included this ISO7240 isolator chip into this DAC. The benefits are lower interference and noise from USB, which makes the sound clearer with a darker background.
DAC with digitally adjusted lossless volume control
The DAC chip is the ES9018K2M that we also use in the 9018D and the other 9018 series DACs. It is great chip with a very transparent sound and also has the ability to control the volume digitally. We use a potmeter to set the output volume level from the DAC chip. The sound doesn’t have to go through the potmeter as it would have to with a normal analog volume control. In the UDA18 the DAC chip reads the setting of the volume potmeter and sets the output volume accordingly.
Optional DC power input
The DAC can conveniently power from USB, but you can also connect a high quality DC power to further improve the sound quality. It will automatically detect and power from external DC when connected. When you use an optical signal then you have to connect power either from USB or DC supply.
No drivers needed
The UDA18 uses the Savitech SA9227 USB receiver in asynchronous USB mode. It doesn’t need any drivers in Mac and Linux, and you can set the H/F switch to “F” (audio class 1.0) for plug and play without needing drivers in Windows. There are Windows drivers available for >96kHz and DSD (audio class 2.0 mode, set the switch to “H”).
iPhone compability: It works with original apple lightning to USB adaptor (camera connection kit) only, it does not work with the $4.99 cable that we sell. It requires external DC power to be connected.
Android compatibility: So far we have tested with Xiaomi phone only. It works natively also without external power connected.
The output stage chip is TPA6120A. It has enough power for most headphones and can also drive line level loads such a preamps, amplifiers. The differential signal from the ES9018K2M DAC chip is fed to an OPA2134 before the TOA6120A.