Non-oversampling Digital Audio Converter
Jundac Three - March 2011

Jundac Three push the TDA1543 to 192kHz...

  The Jundac Three is a 16bit non-oversampling digital to analog converter. It integrates one S/PDIF or AES/EBU input, an optional input clock and stereo fixed analog output.

The DAC chip is Philips TDA1543; it can operate from 32kHz to 192kHz sampling frequency. The I/V stage uses discrete, solid state technology, in an open loop (feedback-free) configuration.

A non oversampling DAC don't use any digital filter. Data coming from CD are directly converted to analog; there is no coloratura introduced by digital filtering, noise shaping or dithering. Before output, the signal is smoothed by a sweet first order low pass filter. To reach best listening quality, it can be coupled to an synchronous or asynchronous low jitter clock.

Power supplies in a DAC are critical to the overall design. The Jundac Three uses six very low noise separate regulators. These power supplies use polypropylene capacitors and two separated power transformers.
To achieve the full music sonic attributes, we recommend using 200VA to 300VA power transformer for analog section. This transformer powers the DAC stage and the analog section (I/V converter and low pass filtering).

Product Description Buy
kit assembly Jundac Three - mounted

   - click on the picture to show kit's details
   - Assembled and tested
   - Sold without transformers

Transformers Recommended transformers

   - 1x9V 20VA for digital section
   - 2x24V 200VA for DAC and analog

Technical documentation
Jundac Three TDA1543 NOS DAC up to 192kHz
pdf Assembly instruction
[PDF : 755KB / 9pages]

picture Big PCB picture
[JPG : 1214 x 1024 / 336KB]

Technical description
Jundac Three
    The Jundac Three use Cirrus CS8416, 32K to 192KHz DIR (digital interface receiver) chip. The CS8416 provides digital de-emphasis needed for reading some CD recorded with pre-emphasis.
Before DAC, digital data are re-clocked to avoid digital delay and reduce jitter and noise; re-clocking can be synchronous or asynchronous. The DAC chip is TDA1543 from Philips allowing 16bit resolution.

Jundac Three
    The data stream feed a TDA1543 16 bit DAC chip followed by feedback free I/V stage with very sweet low pass filter. The low pass filter is first order filter cutting at 170KHz using polypropylene film and foil capacitor. The BC550C were chosen for their high quality sounding, each transistors are matched.

The Jundac Three uses very low noise regulators:
  • LT1763 for the digital section (digital decoder),
  • LT3080 for analog and DAC stage.
The analog section use three very low noise regulator LT3080 form Linear Technology in a semi-parallel configuration.
Semi-parallel gegulator
In a semi-parallel regulator, i3 is adjusted to never become negative. Thus, the analog stage is never directly powered by the regulator, this improve transient response. The LT3080 ensure line regulation.

Pictures of analog signal:

Jundac Three, low filtered output signal
Low filtered output signal
Jundac Three, detail
Jundac Three, Dirac impulse response
Dirac impulse response

Power supplies
Power supplies in a DAC are critical to the overall design. The Jundac Three uses six very low noise regulators: three for the analog section and three for digital section. These power supplies use polypropylene capacitors and two separate power transformers. For electrolytic capacitors, Elna Silmic II for analog, and Nichicon LF for digital, are used. MURS320T3 state-of-the-art surface mount rectifier diodes from ON Semiconductor are used in analog stage.

Detail of load resistors on TDA1543
Detail of 75 ohm load resistors on TDA1543
Nichicon LF
Nichicon LF for digital ps
Wima polypropylene film capacitor
Wima polypropylene film cap

Digital power supply in Jundac Three
Diagram of power supply
There is three LT1763 for digital section in a cascaded configuration (+8V, +5V, +3.3V) and three LT3080 for analog section in a cascaded configuration (+27V, +22V, +7.5V).