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Element III MK2 - Boosted

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BOOSTED POWER

Boosted Power means that your Element III is assembled with quad output buffers (two per channel). This extra silicon doubles amperage availability, approximately doubling output power to 2.3W+ into 32Ω headphones. All other performance and noise specifications remain the same. Idle power consumption is only 0.02W higher, or negligible.

Simplified Audio, Reimagined

We’ve reimagined our flagship amp+DAC to create a listening experience you will notice and appreciate. Element III runs on our second generation XMOS hardware and firmware, blissfully integrated with a custom encoder. You’ll hear perfect channel balance down to the black noise floor. Automatic gain helps you focus on listening rather than button pressing, and an auto vanishing display presents the essentials while you toggle between USB and Optical inputs and headphone or preamp outputs. We’ve also added DSD support and real-time selection of DAC filters and more. Element III is precision machined in the USA with the same, famously awesome knob.

Auto Gain

We regularly hear from customers fretting over when to use gain. Element III eliminates this confusion by automatically toggling gain for you at exactly the right volume level. As you turn the knob beyond 0 dB, high gain activates and volume is compensated for a near seamless transition to higher listening levels.

Perfect Channel Balance

Element III delivers audibly perfect channel balance all the way down to -127.5 dBFS. You'll immediately hear and appreciate soundstage accuracy.

OLED Display & Options

An OLED display momentarily presents status information while you interact, then powers down to minimize distractions. The Options menu further allows you to adjust OLED and backlighting LED behaviors, DAC filters, and more.

Exceptional Power

Element III's rail-to-rail gain stage provides extra headroom and no distortion penalty when listening at high gain versus low gain. With +/-15VDC rails and continuous clean power, Element III drives all headphones on the market to extraordinary levels, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics. Think you need even more? Choose Boosted Power!

Preamp Outputs

Element III provides preamp RCA outputs so that you can control volume of your powered speakers. Volume of preamp output is managed separately from the headphone output for quick toggling.

Input and Output Selection

Press the tactile volume control to listen to USB or Optical Input, or press the Mode button to toggle between headphones and powered speakers. No need to disconnect cables!

Relay Muting & Safety

Designed for desktop listening, Element III's full relay muting eliminates pops and thumps during startup through both its headphone and preamp outputs. And for extra safety, Element III's dual, independent processors continuously monitor internal communications and verify volume of the ESS DAC.

MEMS Oscillators

Element III is clocked by MEMS oscillators for excellent frequency stability, delivering pristine jitter in both USB and Optical modes.

USB Audio Class 2 - PCM & DSD

Element III supports up to 32/384kHz PCM and DSD128 through our second generation XMOS XU208 engine. While we claim no measurable superiority of high sampling rates, UAC2 with an ASIO endpoint will satisfy your pursuit of high fidelity listening.

Mains Isolation

Element III's amplifier and DAC are 100% powered by its external AC transformer, with 13 regulators ensuring consistent rail voltage, super low ripple, and mains isolation.

SPECIFICATIONS

Performance

  • Frequency Response 20-20kHz+/- 0.11 dB
  • SINAD, 1kHz Low Gain112.5 dB
  • SINAD, 1kHz High Gain112 dB
  • THD+N Sweep 20-20kHz< 0.0004%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6 dBFS-101 dB
  • IMD SMPTE @ -20dBFS-95 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio117.7 dB
  • Noise Level-112 dBV
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted)120 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS-0.01 dB
  • Crosstalk @ 0 dBFS, 100k RCA-130 dB
  • Jitter Components – USB @ 12kHz, DPLL 5-131 dB
  • Jitter Components – S/PDIF @ 12kHz DPLL 5-130 dB
  • Channel Balance, -∞ to 0 dBFS+/- 0.01 dB
  • Output Impedance< 0.7 Ω
  • Max Continuous Power @ 600 Ω146 mW (9.37 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power @ 150 Ω584 mW (9.36 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power @ 32 Ω - Standard1.3 W (6.43 VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Power @ 32 Ω - Boosted2.3W (8.68 VRMS)

Dimensions

  • Enclosure Dimensions5.8 x 5.8 x 1.6 in
  • Weight19 oz

Data Support

  • USB InterfaceUAC2 and UAC1 Fallback 1.
  • Operating SystemsWindows XP/7/8/10/11, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, PS5, Nintendo Switch 2.
  • USB Sampling RatesPCM: 16, 24, 32-bit @ 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 384 kHz; DSD64-128
  • S/PDIF (Optical) Sampling Rates16-24 bit @ 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz 3.

Connectivity

  • Digital InputsUSB Type B and TOSLINK
  • Headphone Output6.35mm (1/4")
  • Preamp OutputsRCA

Configuration

  • GainAuto Toggling 1.0x and 4.73x (+13.5dB)
  • Volume AttenuationCustom Encoder, 255 steps
  • 1. UAC2 or UAC1 can be selected in the Options menu
  • 2. Appropriate cables are required for Android and iOS. Must use UAC1 mode with Win XP/7/8, PS4, or PS5.
  • 3. Some TOSLINK sources are unable to reliably transmit at 192kHz.

Packaged Items

  • Element III, Amplifier+DAC
  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • 3ft USB Type A to Type B Cable w/Ferrite

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