Uther v2.0 Mk.4 D/A Converter
Camelot Technology's Uther v2.0 D/A Converter has turned more than a few heads in its four-year history. A Stereophile Class A Recommended Component in every year it has been on the market, it has also garnered similar raves from other distinguished publications such as Bound for Sound, Audiophilia, and Positive Feedback. Many have lauded it as one of the best DACs ever regardless of price, which is quite a compliment considering it's only $2995!
In its neverending mission to provide the highest technology value to all of our present and future residents, Camelot has partnered with a young, smart Swiss company called Anagram Technologies, to bring this revered product to even greater heights!
The Mk.4 upgrade for the Uther v2.0 D/A Converter introduces revolutionary 24-bit/192 kHz technology to the U.S. Consumer Electronics market. This upgrade utilizes state-of-the-art digital signal processing technology developed by Anagram Technologies of Switzerland. This technology enables the Uther v2.0 to automatically upsample and decode the stereo digital audio track contained on virtually any CD, 24-bit/96 kHz DAD, or DVD-Video disc to 24-bit/192 kHz accuracy.
The upgrade features custom signal processing algorithms hosted on an Analog Devices SHARC ADSP21065L- DSP. The SHARC DSP drives high performance 24/192 D/A converters and a specially designed analog stage to deliver sonic and measured performance beyond reproach. This upgrade also incorporates groundbreaking techniques such as:
RE24 24-bit Resolution Enhancement
The RE24 process allows for 24-bit resolution from a 20-bit data channel, or 20-bit resolution from a 16-bit data channel. It accomplishes this by shifting the truncation noise out of the audible band. Unlike traditional noise-shaping techniques, RE24 does not shape the noise to the higher part of the spectrum, but rather adds an algorithmically generated noise to the top part of the spectrum. This generated pseudo-random number sequence satisfies a number of statistical properties paramount to audio quality. RE24 generates this noise without reference to the incoming signal, meaning it has no correlation with it, resulting in a signal free of Intermodulation Distortion (IMD), as opposed to traditional noise-shaping techniques.
ATF (Adaptative Time Filtering)
ATF performs totally asynchronous sampling rate conversion, through totally independent input and output clocks. So while the input and output clocks may inevitably vary, ATF automatically tracks the changes with minimal distortion. ATF incorporates:
VFT (Virtual Floating Time) Digital Signal Processing
VFT replaces the discrete “digital” time model with a continuous “analog” virtual time model. This overcomes the need for a very high speed oversampling time conversion system. It also enables a digital signal to overcome some of the restrictions of Nyquist rate sampling. This technology comprises the core of the Mk.4 circuit’s Adaptative Time Filtering (ATF) Upsampling method.
ITE (Integral Time Estimation)
ITE allows for the conversion between the discrete digital time model and the continuous analog virtual time model used in VFT. To accomplish this, ITE utilizes the new approach of adding one mathematical dimension to the signal space. ITE also acts as a state-of-the-art software-based jitter attenuator.
CTF (Continuous Time Filtering)
CTF performs filtering for the continuous time domain utilized in VFT. Traditional discrete time filters do not operate with enough precision to take advantage of the continuous time representation. CTF incorporates a new concept of filtering by mixing analog and digital domains.
The new Uther v2.0 Mk.4 now accepts stereo digital audio at every defined sampling rate (32, 44.1, 48, 64, 88.2, and 96 kHz, as well as 176.4 or 192 kHz when proper transport media emerges), and up to 32 bits of resolution.
The new circuit results in new standards for Upsampling/D/A Conversion both on the test bench and in the listening room. It improves upon the already world-class audio performance of the Uther v2.0, delivering more extended highs, clearer midrange, and tighter, deeper bass.