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Denafrips ARES II DAC

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Denafrips ARES II DAC

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The Ares DAC is a 24Bit/1536KHz, DSD1024, discrete resistor ladder Digital To Analog Converter, also known as R-2R DAC.

The architecture uses the most primitive R-2R DAC technology, it is probably the most suitable architecture to reproduce music. Despite the test results of various measurements and parameters of the conventional R-2R DAC are usually not as good as the mainstream integrated DAC chip, but the sound of R-2R DAC, is often filled with emotion, comfort, high fidelity, transparency, and additive musicality that most of the common mainstream integrated DAC chip cannot match.

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To achieve a decent sounding R-2R DAC, the use of ultra-precise resistors is necessary. The cost of high precision resistors is expensive, each resistor must be stringently measured and matched by machine with human intervention to cross-check. These results in a very high cost in the manufacturing process, hence, R-2R DAC is also a symbol of high-end DAC.

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The Ares employs true balance R-2R DAC design. Each channel is decoded by 4 sets of R-2R network. This design has a very small linear error, high decoding speed, low digital noise, not only to ensure that the audio signal is low distortion, but also to ensure a very low background music noise; allow the listener to enjoy the true music with a dark background.

DSD decoding support up to DSD1024 and PCM decoding supports up to PCM1536. Choice of NOS or OS, Slow or Sharp filters, the Ares II upgrade just make the already awesome DAC a few notches better!

Specifications of the Denafrips ARES II DAC

Description Parameters
R-2R DAC Proprietary R2R + DSD Architecture
True balanced 24BIT  R2R +  6BIT DSD (32 steps FIR Filters)
Low Thermal Effect, High Precision Hand-Matched 0.01% Resistors
FEMTO Crystal 45.1548MHz, 49.152Mhz
Highlight Low Noise Power Supply
Digital Signal Processing via FPGA
Adaptive FIFO Buffer and Reclocking
DSD1024, PCM1536 Supports On USB Input
Proprietary USB Audio Solution via STM32F446 Advanced AMR Based MCU
Licensed Thesycon USB Driver For Windows Platform
Driverless On Mac & Linux
DSD DSD64-DoP On All Input
DSD1024* On USB nput
PCM 24bits / 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192KHz On All Input
1536kHz* On USB Input
NOTE* USB Firmware V3.4.1 – PCM1536 / DSD1024 supports disabled for compatibility with macOS
Digital Input Coax x 2
TOSLink x 2
USB2.0 Type B
Analog Output RCA at 2.0Vrms, 625 Ω
XLR at 4.0Vrms, 1250 Ω
Sampling Mode Non-Oversampling NOS / Oversamping OS
Filter Selection Slow / Sharp
AC Power Requirement 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz (Worldwide Voltage, Manual Selector)
Power Consumption ≤20W
Frequency Response 20-70KHz -3dB
THD+N 0.004%
S/N Ratio 115dB
Dynamic Range >119dB
Stereo Crosstalk -124dB
Dimension 215 x 230 x 45 mm
Weight 3.5 Kg
Color Black

For most, this DAC is an end-all.

The best candidate for this DAC is any music lover serious about audio but doesn’t want to go too deep into the rabbit hole financially.


Michael Perez, Founder | Audio Arkitekts

HI-FI Trends: Highly Recommended!

I highly recommend it for those who have systems on the hyper-detailed side, I think it will be a good balance. I also recommend it for those who want a good representation of what R2R DACs have to offer without spending a boatload of cash. Highly Recommended!


Paul Cash

The Denafrips Ares II is the DAC you are looking for

Camera: Olaf von Voss | Editor: John Darko | Motion GFX: John Darko | Ad segment: Jana Dagdagan


John @ Darko Audio

Twittering Machines Favorite DACs

If you want excitement from your digital music, the ARES II does that. If you want natural beauty, the ARES II does that too. If you want to stop chasing bits and fretting over sampling rates, file formats, and DAC topologies, the ARES II offers a cure. Finally, if you want to sit down with your music and let the world slip away for an albums- or days- or weeks-worth of time, the Denafrips ARES II is your little red pill.


Michael Lavorgna

Audiophilia Star Component Award

The Denafrips Ares II is a pretty incredible value at $750 (S$1028), it is a no-frills device with tank-like build quality and a natural analog sound signature that will please many digital-skeptics. A lot has been made about this DAC’s ability to punch above its weight, and I do think it sounds better than many competing units in and above its price bracket.



The Hans Beekhuyzen Channel

Over the last decade ladder converters have drastically gained in popularity, especially in the higher price ranges. This Denafrips Ares II only costs about € 780 but still has a linear power supply, balanced outputs and even does PCM 1,536 kHz and DSD1024.


The Hans Beekhuyzen Channel

THE STEREO TIMES – Editor Choice

Simply said, the Denafrips Ares II is one of the all-around best values in high-end digital audio.



A British Audiophile – Outstanding Award

The Denafrips Ares II is a well reviewed and highly acclaimed DAC. In this video, I take a look and see what the fuss is about. I discuss the virtues and drawbacks of R2R DACs vs Delta-Sigma designs. I also share some technical insights about the Ares II which have not been in the public domain before.


Tarun @ A British Audiophile

Five Stars & Alpha-Audio Approved Award

The little Denafrips Ares II looks very cute but surprised us by its mature presentation and versatility. You can choose the setting that best suits your setup and there are enough connections to connect multiple sources. It is built like a tank and is full of quality components. is a unique device that charms and intrigues. The Denafrips Ares II is truly a divine d/a converter!”



6moons ARES II DAC – Realsization Award

Let’s try to refine the picture for Ares II. The comparison to a high-quality 2A3 SET is still spot on. Ares II has that luscious sweet midrange you’d expect, with a sunny treble to illuminate the soundstage without putting anything in a harsh light. It doesn’t quite have the ephemeral lightness of a 45 SET but far more robust bass and it avoids the bloat and slowness of lesser 300B amps.


Frederic Beudot @ 6moons

NBT Studio: The Best DAC 2019

This is my Denafrips Ares 2 DAC review. It has won the Next Best Thing Studio Award with its outstanding performance that outclasses many of the DACs.


Jay @ The Next Best Thing Studio

Steve Guttenberg Audiophiliac

This digital converter sounds so good it might ‘convert’ LP-loving audiophiles


Steve Guttenberg



Denafrips: The New Standard for Audiophiles

When it comes to high-end audio equipment, Denafrips is a name that's been making waves in the audiophile community. Founded in 2011, the Chinese audio brand has quickly established itself as a top contender in the market, offering a range of high-end digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) and amplifiers that deliver exceptional sound quality. Denafrips is known for its commitment to using high-quality components in its products, from the transformers to the resistors and capacitors. This attention to detail is evident in the sound quality of its products, which are widely regarded as some of the best on the market. One of the most popular products in the Denafrips lineup is the Terminator Plus DAC, which has received rave reviews from audiophiles around the world. The Terminator Plus is a flagship DAC that features an R2R ladder DAC chip and a custom-designed femtosecond clock system that delivers precise timing and low jitter. But Denafrips isn't just about high-end DACs. The brand also offers a range of amplifiers, including the Thallo monoblock power amplifiers and the Venus line stage preamplifier. These products are designed to work seamlessly with Denafrips DACs, providing a complete high-end audio system for even the most discerning audiophile. In conclusion, Denafrips has quickly established itself as a new standard in the world of high-end audio equipment. Its commitment to using high-quality components and attention to detail in its product design has made it a top choice for audiophiles around the world. Whether you're looking for a high-end DAC or amplifier, Denafrips has a product that's sure to impress even the most discerning audiophile.

1 review for Denafrips ARES II DAC

  1. Anindita Thukral

    I was looking for a DAC and after a lot of research, I decided to purchase the Ares DAC. I have to say that this is one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while and I’m glad I went with the Ares DAC. It’s easy to use, sounds great, and has all the features I wanted! A+++

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