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s82 Mark I Streaming DAC
s82 Mark II Streaming DAC and Roon Server
exaSound s82 DSD512 Streaming D/A converters take the technologies introduced with the Stereophile Recommended A+ s88 DAC to the next level.

s82 Mark I integrates a reference-grade 32-bit digital-to-analog converter, Roon Ready streamer, headphone amplifier and digital preamplifier with high-resolution volume control in a stylish full-size mono-block enclosure.

s82 Mark II adds a quiet, passively-cooled  server module for hosting Roon Core and becomes an all-in-one Roon solution that shines with ergonomic simplicity and sonic excellence.

With refinements like autonomous balanced and unbalanced I/V stages and exaSound’s unique three-way galvanic isolation, s82 will uncover every detail in your high-resolution music sources, allowing you to hear the music just as it was recorded.

s82 features proprietary asynchronous network and USB streaming, Windows ASIO drivers and FPGA engine to achieve 32bit, low-jitter, bit-perfect signal path.

s82 will play natively DSD encoded files and streams up to DSD512, DXD 352.8 kHz, PCM and MQA up to 384 kHz.

The s82 Mark II server module is powered by light-weight in-house developed exaOS operating system, Intel i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 2 to 6TB SSD storage.

With state-of-the-art performance, easy operation, remote diagnostics, online updates, upgradable output stages and exaSound’s acclaimed customer support, s82 devices will serve as digital cores of your music system for years to come.
Two Editions of s82 - Which One is Right for You?
The two models of the exaSound s82 Streaming DAC are identical in terms of sound fidelity, appearance and refinements. The defining feature of the Mark II upgrade is the server/streamer module for hosting a Roon Core.

If you don't use Roon or if you already have a Roon server like the exaSound Delta Serve or the Roon Nucleus, the s82 Streaming DAC (s82 Mark I) is the right device for you.
Order s82 Mark I Streaming DAC

If you don't have a Roon Server and you like the convenience to have an all-in-one Roon solution, the s82 Mark II Streaming DAC and Roon Server is your choice.

What's new and upgraded in s82 Mark II:
  • Intel i5 server module for hosting the Roon Core
  • 2 to 6 TB internal SSD storage for music files
  • RAM upgrade from 8Gb to 16GB
  • Two additional USB 3 ports and new USB-C port
Order s82 Mark II Streaming DAC and Roon Server

The s82 Mark II dual external power supply option allows the Server and the DAC modules to run on their own, dedicated power sources that are galvanically isolated from each other. The built-in server and DAC don't share a common ground plate. From electromagnetic point of view they are separate audio components. This separation minimizes noise interference. The dual external power architecture is pioneered by exaSound and to the best of our knowledge is unique on the audiophile equipment market.

The additional power supply option is available on both edition of s82, however with the introduction of the Roon Server Module on the s82 Mark II, it becomes an essential contributor to the sound fidelity.
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Overview
Designed and hand-made entirely in Canada


exaSound’s in–house design delivers world recognized, award winning sonic purity 

  • Acclaimed ES9038PRO DAC chip increases 4 times the paralleled DAC channels to bring more presence in the mid-range
  • Sophisticated reference voltage sources and master clock power circuits deliver more precise 3D imaging and more natural portrayal of transients
  • Each channel has autonomous balanced and unbalanced analogue output stages that can be used simultaneously. Components with superb linearity and separate power lines offer lower noise and distortion levels, fine micro dynamics and natural base reproduction
  • ZeroJitter™ — a unique true asynchronous USB interface with error correction assures accurate data reception
  • ZeroResolutionLoss™ — an exclusive volume control architecture with four–way volume synchronization brings convenience and dynamic range comparable to the best analogue volume controls
  • GalvanicInfinity™ — affords complete galvanic isolation for ultimate external noise reduction
  • FemtoMaster™ — our quad-clock architecture, with 82 femtosecond master clock and 3 auxiliary stream-control clocks, minimizes jitter for maximum timing accuracy, image development and bass extension
  • Balanced internal design - yields the lowest analog noise and lowest distortion


   

Roon offers engaging, enjoyable way to browse your music. Via intelligent automatic cloud service library management, Roon delivers metadata for the user’s library and frees the user from the complexities of music library management.


Both editions of s82 are Roon Ready streamers and Roon Tested DACs. In addition, s82 Mark II is a server hosting a Roon Core. They have been profiled and tested by both Roon Labs and exaSound for maximum compatibility with Roon. Roon identifies exaSound devices and sends them audio optimized for their capabilities. Together, Roon and exaSound deliver the power, flexibility, and performance benefits of digital audio, with the easiest setup and highest reliability available.


exaSound s82 Streaming DACs feature MQA decoder and renderer performing full ‘unfold’ for delivering Hi-Res music data up to 24-bit 384kHz.

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is a technology which delivers audio using no more bandwidth than a CD-quality file – so it can be easily streamed or downloaded. MQA encoded content is available from major streaming services and download sites.

Streaming Options

                

  • Tidal Connect: Tidal apps on iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows stream directly to S82 DACs
  • Tidal and Qobuz streaming with Roon: Master-quality Tidal and high-resolution Qobuz streaming is integrated with the Roon
  • Roon Streaming of your high-resolution music files: Available with the Roon Core of the s82 Mark II and with external Roon servers like the exaSound Delta Server and all third-party Roon servers
  • UPnP DSD512 / DXD streaming: Low-cost reference-level sound fidelity from local files, Tidal and Qobuz with apps like Mconnect Player HD and Bubble UPnP
  • Built-in UPnP server and support for all third-party UPnP audio servers
  • HQPlayer / NAA streaming: Advanced up-sampling and format conversion with HQPlayer hosted on third-party servers
  • Airplay and Bluetooth Audio Streaming support makes s82 easily accessible in casual listening settings
  • YouTube audio/video streaming and TuneIn Radio: Available with the Web Streaming feature of the s82 DACs


Benefits

  • Uncompromised fidelity — ENclusiv™ zero-configuration comprehensive sampling rate support up to native DSD512 and 32 bit PCM 384 kHz / DXD
  • Simplicity — s82 Mark II all-in-one-box Roon solution seamlessly plays all Stereo file and stream formats
  • Forget guesswork — Zero-configuration automatic filter selection for every format and sampling rate. Manual reconstruction filter selection available for advanced applications.
  • Love the convenience — Synchronized simultaneous operation from IR Remote, device controls and software dashboard
  • Unique ergonomics - acceleration-sensing volume knob delivers precise 0.5 dB volume changes when turned slowly and large volume correction with short fast turn
  • Blackest blacks — Ultimate clean power with 16 linear power conditioning stages, and upgradable external power supplies
  • Get lost in your music — Roon is the most engaging, enjoyable way to browse your music. Roon Ready enables fast and highly reliable auto–discovery for instant setup
  • Audio Optimization Settings allow manual selection of PCM reconstruction filters and roll-off filters
  • Advanced Settings refine the transition playback states from track to track

Features

  • Sample Rates: ENclusiv™ comprehensive sample rate support with Roon, Tidal Connect, UPnP, Signalist NAA and Windows USB ASIO
    • DSD64: 2.8224 and 3.072 MHz
    • DSD128: 5.6448 and 6.144 MHz
    • DSD256: 11.2896 and12.288 MHz
    • DSD512: 22.5792 and 24.576 MHz
    • PCM/DXD: 44.1kHz to 384kHz at 32 bits
    • MQA full ‘unfold’ for delivering Hi-Res music data up to 384kHz
  • Converter Core: ESS Technologies ES9038PRO reference monolithic DAC
  • USB Input: Proprietary ZeroJitter™ asynchronous USB interface with error correction on classic B–Type connector, USB cable included
  • USB Host Support: Custom, high performance Windows ASIO drivers
  • LAN Input: Wired Gigabit Ethernet and wireless Wi Fi 802.11ac
  • Clock: FemtoMaster™ super–low jitter quad-clock architecture, with 82 femtosecond master clock and 3 auxiliary stream-control clocks
  • Power Conditioning: 16 linear power filtering stages, optional external linear power supply for the DAC subsystem
  • Host Noise Rejection: GalvanicInfinity™ - Galvanic isolation between the USB subsystem, server module and the DAC circuitry eliminates ground loop noise and blocks digital noise and EMI interference
  • Headphone Output: Headphone amplifier with high-current output provides improved driving of low impedance and low sensitivity headphones
  • Additional Digital Inputs: SPDIF and TOSLINK inputs with customizable jitter control offer superb D/A conversion when used with CD transports
  • Analog Outputs: Simultaneously driven autonomous balanced and unbalanced output stages. Gold–plated balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line outputs
  • Enhanced micro-symmetry of the balanced outputs
  • Power Management: 12V Trigger output
  • Remote Control: Included IR remote, s82 can be configured to work with most IR remotes
  • Remote Support, Remote Diagnostics, Remote Updates


Power Supply Options

Both s82 Streaming DAC models support two power supply configurations.

Single Power Supply Configuration
exaSound s82 models are offered with a desktop style 12V switching power supply. s82 DACs have 16 internal linear power conditioning circuits in cascaded configuration. Every subsystem is powered by dedicated power source. The sophisticated internal power conditioning makes s82 DACs very insensitive to the quality of the external power supply.

Dual Power Supply Configuration
To achieve the lowest possible noise level, a second third-party 12V linear power supply can be used for the analogue circuits and IV stages.
exaSound s82 Streaming DACs Owner's Manual
exaSound s82 Mark II Streaming DAC and Roon Server Owner’s Manual.pdf
exaSound s82 Mark I Streaming DAC Owner’s Manual.pdf
Last updated on June 7, 2023


Firmware Updates
To check for updates go to http://s82.local, open Info page and tap or click the "Check Updates" button.  On older versions of the Web user interface updates are managed on the Settings page.
Specifications
s82 Mark II Roon Server Module
Intel i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD storage upgradable to 6TB
s82 Mark I Streaming Module
Intel Celeron CPU,  8GB RAM
D/A Converter IC
 ESS Technology ES9038PRO 32-bit, PRO series
PCM Sampling Rates - USB, Network Streaming
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz
MQA Sampling Rates - USB, Network Streaming   MQA full ‘unfold’ for delivering Hi-Res music data up to 384kHz

DSD Sampling Rates:
• USB - Windows ASIO
• LAN - Network streaming
Notes:
• ASIO Compatible player like Roon,JRiver and HQplayer is requited on Windows.

DSD64:  2.8224MHz; 3.072MHz
 
DSD128: 5.6448MHz; 6.144MHz
 
DSD256: 11.2896MHz; 12.288MHz

DSD512: 22.5792MHz; 24.576MHz
PCM Sampling Rates-SPDIF Coaxial IN 1, Stereo
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz  
PCM Sampling Rates-Optical (TOSLINK) IN 2, Stereo
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz 
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
0.00021% @ 1kHz, 0dBFS
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.00014% @ 1kHz, 0dBFS
Intermodulation Distortion
-128db 0.00004% @ 19kHz + 20kHz 0 dBFS
2nd order IMD
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Balanced: 123.8 dB, A-weighted, 4.6 Vrms
Unbalanced: 123.5 dB, A-weighted, 2.0 Vrms
DAC Master Clock Jitter
0.082ps (82fsec) rms
Frequency Response
0Hz - 20kHz (-0.15dB) @ 44.1kHz / 48kHz sampling rates;
0Hz - 30kHz (-0.15dB) @ sampling rates  88.2kHz and higher
Phase:
Non-inverting
Channel Separation, typical
133dB @ 1kHz
Digital Inputs
Ethernet, Wi Fi, USB, SPDIF Coaxial, SPDIF TOSLINK (optical), Internal SSD Storage, USB storage
 Line Outputs
 Balanced (XLR), Unbalanced (RCA), gold-plated contacts
Line Output Level
Balanced: 4.6 Vrms
Unbalanced: 2 Vrms
Line Output Impedance 
Balanced: 400 ohms
Unbalanced: 200 ohms
Line Output Offset
< 5mV 
 Headphone Amp Current Output  500mA peak
 Headphone Amp Output Impedance 1 Ohm, 20Hz-20kHz  
 Headphone Amp Output Voltage  0-6Vrms
 Headphone Amp THD+N, typical  0.0012% , 1Vrms into 60ohms
 Headphone Amp Intermodulation Distortion
1Vrms into 60ohms
19kHz + 20kHz 2nd order IMD, typical
 -120dB  0.0001%
 Headphone Jack 1/4" TRS, SE
 Volume Control Four-way volume synchronization, Volume bypass, Channel trimming, Mute
ZeroResolutionLoss™ volume control architecture provides all-time 0dB Full-Scale streaming
Acceleration-sensing volume knob
 Volume Control Step 0.5 dB 
 Volume Matching Between Channels Better than 0.1 dB 
Operating System Requirements: Windows 
Windows 11 x64, Windows 10 x64, Windows 8 x86, Windows 8 x64, Windows 7, Windows XP
ASIO compatible player required for all Windows platforms 
USB Ports    Type A: 4x USB 3; Type C: 1xUSB 3;
Type B: USB 2.0
Ethernet Interface
Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi Interface
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
802.11 ac/n
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Compliance PCI, CISP, FIPS, FISMA
IP Setup
 IP4, DHCP, manual configuration
Wireless Security Mode
WPA-PSK2 AES (Home)
s82 Mark II External Main Power Supply Input: 100-240V AC, 1.4A, 50-60Hz
Output: 12V DC, 6.25A 80W Max
s82 Mark I External Main Power Supply   Input: 100-240V AC, 1.3A, 50-60Hz
Output: 12V DC, 5.4A 65 W Max 
 Power Consumption s82 Mark II < 75W; s82 Mark I < 60W
Power Jack Diameter Internal: 2.5mm External : 5.5mm 
 Enclosure Premium machined and anodized aluminium mono-block
Finish: Black
 Dimensions
(W x H x D)
17.5 x 2.625 x 9.64 inches (445 x 70 x 245 mm)  
Weight 11.46 lbs (5.2Kg)
Package dimensions (W x H x D) 20.75 x 8.25 x 16.5 inches (525 x 209 x 423 mm)
Package Weight
15.2 lbs (6.9Kg) 


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