The AI-503 is an integrated amp and USB DAC that supports inputs up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM. The DAC/preamp, which is the heart of the unit, follows the same design concept of our UD-503 and adopts a dual-mono circuit design that is fully balanced. Separate VERITA AK4490 D/A converters – made by Asahi Kasei Micro devices Corporation – are used for the left and right channels. In addition to a USB digital input (for Windows/Mac computers), optical/coaxial digital input and RCA analog input, we have also enabled high-resolution wireless audio listening by including a LDAC-compatible Bluetooth receiver. Furthermore, with a combined 3.5mm optical digital/stereo mini jack on the front panel, the unit supports wired, as well as wireless, input from DAPs.
USB DAC with a dual-mono configuration that supports resolutions up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32bit PCM
High-output Class-D power amplifier (made by ICE power a/s) – 60W + 60W
Pre-amp section provides fully balanced transmission and uses TEAC-QVCS high-precision volume control circuit
Bluetooth receiver supports LDACTM/Qualcomm aptXTM for high quality wireless audio quality
Two pairs of analog RCA inputs, as well as USB, optical and coaxial digital inputs (one each) on back panel