BorderPatrol USB DAC

The BorderPatrol USB DAC ($995 + $595 for separate Tube PSU) seems to be saying a DAC does not have to be a complicated thing. OK, it is saying a DAC does not have to be a complicated thing.

The BorderPatrol USB DAC is a 16-bit/44.1kHz only, non-oversampling (NOS), digital filter-less DAC using the Phillips TDA1543 chip to convert D to A.

Border Patrol also made the more complex S10 EXD 300B-based SET amp ($16,750) that was fronted by the Tortuga Audio LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp ($1,195), which used their soon to be released PS12B battery power supply ($TBD). Speakers were the Volti Audio Alura ($15,900/pair) and I noted the system had nice presence if a tad flat.

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