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DA-300 v.3 Digital-Analog Converter

The powerful, slim and elegant piece of art

delivering best music directly from your digital source!


The 3rd version is a miniature Digital-Analog Converter, which converts digital audio signal from any digital source to  high class analog audio with clearer, richer and more powerful sound.

 

It allows to connect a range of  digital source devices via one of 3 digital inputs (USB, Optical and Coaxial) and a built-in reference high-resolution 32bit / 384kHz PCM, DSD USB-DAC (ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M with patented Time Domain Jitter Eliminator and SA9227 chip) will always provide the best sound performance. The USB DAC input is a perfect choice for playing digital music from computers, music servers or compatible smartphones.

 

Analog output with high-end solid machined brass RCA sockets ensures the best signal transfer.

 

DA-300 v.3 offers stunning sound performance embedded in a very rigid and luxurious steel-aluminum casing.

Thanks to its small dimensions it can be easily added to any audio system, a computer or a video game console – it can be almost “invisible” but can change your digital music to a thrilling music experience. 

 


 

 


“You know what? We have tested many devices of this type so far and taking into account the price factor it looks like we will make friends with this device for longer. But what really charmed us in this box?...
It sounds in an equal, real and non-colored way in the whole range. The lower band is a slight exception. The lowest registers are gently overloaded. The bass is quite meaty but not sloppy. Maybe this is a factor that makes it so hard to imagine such "playing" from such a tiny device? No. There are other things that have also attracted our attention. We are moving up to the medium registers. They are well joined together with the bottom and top of the range, without unnecessary peaks. Filled with a lot of information, legible, make the voices whether male or female very saturated... Very open, saturated and with the structure and  tangibility unprecedented in this price range. Going further we move smoothly into the highest registers. Smooth, non-intrusive, detailed with a large amount of micro-information. We get the most pleasure from the records of The modern jazz quartet with Milt Jackson as a leader. Oh, how his vibraphone sounded, it was vibrating in the air. Full, saturated sounds, with long tons. Taga has provided so many nice moments with music. The soundstage is being built in a very realistic way. Each instrument has its place in the space. When it comes to resolution, it is at a level that allows you to determine exactly where the musicians were standing, but we are not able to determine it to an inch. The holography is more noticeable in aspects of "closer and further". The sound breaks away from the speakers without any problem. Between them and outside of them. If we had to guess the price range of this device in a blind test? What a hard nut we would have to crack ...

Summary
“The latest Taga Harmony DA-300 v.3 converter proves one thing. One does not have to spend a fortune on audio devices to give us a lot of fun from listening to music. Secondly. The entire system is responsible for the final effect. All devices have to form one whole. The DA-300 V.3 converter can be described as a small volcano of energy. Looking at it, it's hard to imagine that something so small can reproduce music on such a scale. Some time ago we had a similar impression while listening to tiny devices made in England. Small but with a big heart for music. And that's exactly what Taga DA-300 v.3 is all about. Based on our own experience, a change of power supply will bring a good deal in such a device and we decided to convince ourselves about that ... The device stays with us at the AMF editorial office.


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Sound

…The designers managed to achieve a truly astounding level of details without side effects. In that aspect Taga DA-300 was the best affordable converter which we have tested. It did not give Matrix Mini-i a chance, but also made Myryad Z20 and Audeze Deckard feel slightly embarrassed.

 

Thanks to this small box we can really hear a lot, nothing slips away, sounds are clear, clean, lighted in the way that we can easily keep track of individual instruments, even in a fairly complicated mixes…It is great.

 

The next award for the small TAGA is for its sound space. To be honest, I did not expect such a performance for the money…I was very surprised. First of all, a huge momentum of the scene…a large amount of air between the sounds, the freedom and the absence of any restrictions. Music has a lot of room to fade away, nothing is compressed nor closed… The sounds emerged freely on the far sides, above me and on the back of my head.

 

The small Taga DA-300 sets the virtual sound sources closer and farther, higher and lower (!), accurately lays out the stereo scene from the left to the right, everything is precisely kept in check, nothing is mixed up…

 

Summary
Taga managed to develop a very affordable device which avoids a trap of many budget components. This small DAC sounds with surprising resolution and details, but not with clatter nor surgically. The sound - despite a slightly withdrawn midrange - is very coherent and consistent. The transducer plays brightly, lightly, clearly, with good dynamics and speed, the sounds are not greasy and slow. A mild dryness in the mids is compensated by sound spatiality which is phenomenal for that price level. Such a space is really something! Taga DA-300 is a very interesting offer for those who want to start their journey into listening digital files and for people who want to improve the sound of their a DVD, BlueRay or an affordable CD player. Recommended.

 

 

 Best Buy 06-2014

 



Vividly and clearly

"How can such an inexpensive DAC sound like? My answer is - not bad! With some musical genres – even exciting! This little black box has something that one can listen for hours... offers a dynamic and clear sound, not boring at the same time, without aggression...

TAGA Harmony has a bit of smoothness, which I like so much, so the device beyond the purely technical aspects of good sound, such as speed of response to changing rhythm, offers a bit of finesse, so the sound is smooth to listen to. This in turn makes many music genres, especially jazz and classical music, sound without excessive nervousness.”

 

To the rescue

"TAGA Harmony DA-300 turns out to be a panacea for the miserable sound quality from a computer sound card. By connecting this small converter to a laptop or a desktop computer via a USB cable (supplied with the device - solid and shielded), I became convinced of its beneficial effect on the sound… The DA-300 operated in an asynchronous mode ... so it is not susceptible to the contaminated noise clock signal generated by the computer USB port."

 

Summary

"The DA-300 achieves excellent sound value for money .."


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Specifications:

DAC Resolution:

ES9018K2M with SA9227 chip
USB input: Asynchronous 32bit / 384kHz

PCM 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384KHz

DSDx64 (2.8Mhz), DSDx128 (5.6MHz), DSDx256 (11.2MHz)*

 

OPTICAL & COAXIAL input: Asynchronous 24bit / 192kHz
Inputs:

USB (for computer)
Optical, Coaxial

Output: RCA stereo
Frequency Response:

15Hz - 30kHz

Signal/Noise ratio: 129dB (A-Weighted)

Harmonic Distortion & Noise

(THD+N):
127dB
Dynamic Range: ≧115dB
Inter channel Crosstalk: ≧80dB (1kHz)
Pass Band Gain Inequality: +/-0.5dB
Channel Gain Inequality: <1dB

Output Voltage:

2V
Included Accessories:

DC power adapter, USB cable,

Optical cable, RCA cable

DC Adapter,

Power Consumption:
DC 12V, 6W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.4 x 11.3 x 11.3 cm
Weight (net): 0.7 kg / pc.
Finishes: BLACK

*For Windows® DSD DoP and Native are supported. For MacBook® DSD DoP is supported.

 

 

 

 
 

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