audio note dac 4.1x

about audio note dac 4.1x


There are two models available of the Audio Note DAC 4.1x;


Audio Note DAC 4.1x Balanced.  

Audio Note DAC 4.1x Balanced Signature.

Both DACs come in a full sized case and as the name suggests, they both provide balanced XLR outputs as well as conventional single ended phono sockets. Both versions of the 4.1x DAC are available in Anodised Aluminium or Black acrylic finish. 



digital to analogue.

The Audio Note (UK) DAC4.1x Digital to Analogue converters have been specifically engineered for sonic performance rather than technical specification, and fulfils all Audio Note (UK) Level 4 criteria: –

Pure Class A operation

Zero negative feedback

Single Ended circuit topology

Valve rectification

Materials and component quality



The 4.1x Balanced was the first Audio Note product that introduced us to the whole Audio Note line and until we heard the Signature version, it was the best single component we’d ever heard of any kind. It still sounds extraordinary to us, even when we come to it to the Signature. Compared with the 3.1x, it is more open through the middle, sweeter at the top, firmer on the bottom, and more refined overall. Where funds allow, it should sit at the head of any ambitious music system.



With the DAC 4.1X, you hear all the detail and in that sense you do “hear more” in the album, but at the same time—and this is the part that only the DAC 4.1X does really well—you get a sense of the whole emotive message that’s intended. Unless you’re there to see and hear the actual studio sessions, that’s a combination of perceptions that you don’t get from the average CD player or—and this could lead to a 5 page discussion of its own—an SACD player playing stereo music, at least none that I have heard.

I find that the DAC 4.1X—enhanced, I admit, by the very best NOS tubes – helps to actually bring out the best in what CD’s have to offer.

I have to say, apart from the luxury edition Audio Note DAC 5 Signature, I don’t know of any DAC that can bring me to the music the way my DAC 4.1X can – Words by Andy Schaub from Positive Feedback Issue 51.

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