Multi-channel DAC

Multi-channel DACs are a bit rare, at least in home audio.
The reason is simple, there aren’t that many multi-channel recordings.
Often SACD contains a 6 channel version but this is a rather limited catalog.
Another reason to use a multi-channel DAC is when you start building a speaker system with active cross-over. There you need a DAC per driver.

 

Exasound E38 $ 3,849.00

Exasound E38

8 channel DAC

Added 2019

MiniDSP UDAC 8 US$ 250

8 channel asynchronous USB audio DAC

 

Added 2019

ESI Gigaport HD+ € 170,-

  • 24-bit / 96kHz D/A converter
  • 8 independent output channels with RCA connectors
  • different playback modes: 44.1kHz with 16-bit and 8 channels, 44.1kHz with 24-bit and 6 channels, 48kHz with 24-bit and 6 channels, 96kHz with 24-bit and 2 channels
  • 2 independent stereo headphone outputs: 1st output sends out mixed signal of all playback channels, 2nd output sends out different signal from playback channel 1/2 - perfect for monitoring and to pre-listen to signals

 

Added 2019

Motu 8A € 800,-

 

8 channel DAC with USB3, Thunderbold and AVB ethernet input.

Added 2019

Okto research €989

8 channel DAC.

USB, SPDIF, AES/EBU and optical inputs

Also avaiable with DSP and streaming module (Raspberry Pi) supporting Volumio, Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify.

DLAN/Airplay receiver

 

Measurements on ASR

 

Added 2019

 

References
Reasonably priced good quality 6 or 8 channel USB DAC?