Converts 0s and 1s into beautiful sound.

Nativ Wave is a fully balanced USB DAC and headphone amplifier that converts all your digital music into breathtaking sound. It incorporates state-of-the-art components and design methodologies that can only be found in the world's best audiophile DACs. The result is a wonderfully musical DAC with outstanding detail, precise stereo imaging and explosive dynamics.


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Dual-Mono DAC

Dual-Mono DAC.

Fully balanced differential DAC design with two 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DSD1792A.

High-precision clock

High-precision clock.

Sophisticated audio clock management system with two ultra-low phase noise oscillators by Crystek.

Designed for HRA

Designed for HRA.

Supports High-Resolution Audio such as DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DXD and PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz.

Small size. Big sound.

Small size. Big sound.

Meridian’s MQA technology delivers audio in studio master quality, in a file that is small and convenient to download or stream. Tidal and other services plan to stream in MQA.

DSD upsampling

DSD upsampling.

Powerful SHARC DSP and proprietary algorithms upsample to 128 Fs. Enjoy incredible purity in high frequencies and low-level detail.

FIR filters

FIR filters.

Customize sound with three finite impulse response filters: Linear/Minimum phase, Slow/Fast Roll-off and Standard/Apodizing attenuation.

Plenty of inputs

Plenty of inputs.

High-performance asynchronous USB 2.0 HS based on XMOS 16-Core DSP, plus inputs for SPDIF (RCA, TosLink, BNC) and AES/EBU (XLR).

Stunning sound

Stunning sound.

Analog output stage with 2 levels for low/high-gain amps, high-performance op-amps and top specs for THD+N, Dynamic Range & Channel Separation.

Clean power

Clean power.

Linear power supply with separate digital and analog supplies, 25 low-noise linear regulators, toroidal transformer and AC power line filter.

Headphone DAC

Headphone DAC.

Best-in-class headphone DAC & amp with high-speed buffer (2000 V/ms), incredible output power and single-ended and balanced outputs.

Analog control

Analog control.

Pure analog volume attenuator, fully balanced and bit-perfect. Absolutely no loss in resolution or dynamics.

From MP3 to DSD. It’s all good.

Although Nativ Wave is designed for High-Resolution Audio it significantly enhances the sound of all your music. Even compressed music from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are filled with wonderful life and detail.

Nativ Wave plays all major High-Resolution Audio formats including DSD up to 11.2896 MHz (Quad-DSD), DXD and PCM files sampled at up to 32-bit/384 kHz. Support for Meridian’s MQA is also in the works.

Lots of inputs.

Nativ Wave connects seamlessly to all your digital sources. Its cutting-edge asynchronous USB 2.0 interface with the latest 16-CORE DSP from XMOS is designed to perfectly process music from your Nativ Vita or PC/Mac. Additional audio sources like your TV can be connected via any of the four additional high-quality inputs for S/PDIF (RCA, TosLink, BNC) and AES/EBU (XLR).

All digital inputs are carefully managed through our high-precision master clock generator and feature full electric and galvanic isolation to eliminate contamination and ensure signal integrity.

Bit-Perfect or DSD Upsampling? Have it your way.

Nativ Wave processes audio from the digital inputs in bit-perfect quality or upsampled to 128x Fs DSD. The DSD upsampling is handled by proprietary algorithms and a powerful SHARC DSP, which minimizes jitter and allows the implementation of a gentle analog filter with high slew rate and tight tolerances. The result is a noise floor that is well below that of the recording itself, and a fantastic linearity that reveals musical details you have never heard before.

Tweak your tunes.

Nativ Wave features a Finite Impulse Response (FIR) digital filter so you can customize the sound to your personal preference for different music genres, formats and your stereo system. Settings of the filter are linear or minimum phase, slow or fast roll-off, standard or apodizing attenuation.

Fully balanced differential DAC design.

The heart of Nativ Wave is its state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion, which is based on a fully balanced differential dual-mono design featuring two 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DSD1792A DACs. The result is an extremely low noise floor, phenomenal linearity and a great dynamic range of > 127 dB.

On a board design level Nativ Wave perfect ensures signal integrity at all times, using pure copper tracings and keeping the signal path between the DAC and analog output as short as possible. All sound critical components are electrically and galvanically isolated, with additional shielding to reduce interference within the chassis to an absolute minimum.

Left and right channel are entirely separated, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, state-of-the-art Crystal oscillators and analog circuitry. This maximizes channel separation and virtually eliminates crosstalk. Experience your music with a level of detail and dynamics that will make your hair stand on end.

Hello high-precision master clock.
Goodbye jitter.

Nativ Wave employs a sophisticated audio clock management system that is based on two of the world’s best ultra-low phase noise oscillators from Crystek. The dual-clock design supports multiples of 44.1kHz (22.5792MHz) and 48kHz (24.5760MHz) independently, and uses best-in-class logic arrays for data reclocking to ensure that the signal to the DAC is absolutely accurate and cleaned of virtually all jitter and low phase noise. Nativ Wave automatically assesses the quality of all inputs, measures their frequency and jitter, and then routes the input to the best clock regeneration system.

Exceptional analog stage.

To maximize the acoustic performance all analog processing is done with high-performance operational amplifier modules from Texas Instruments. Additionally, German-made WIMA® FP Polypropylene Capacitors were chosen for their superior clarity and dynamic ability.

Two output levels —2 and 7.5 Vrms— with a relay switching system allow connectivity to a wide range of low- or high-gain preamplifiers, power amplifiers as well as headphones. No servomechanisms or AC coupling capacitors are used to avoid sound degradation of any kind.

Built for the best headphones.

In addition to being a world-class Digital-to-Analog Converter Nativ Wave also incorporates a high-end balanced headphone amplifier, driven by the same cutting-edge dual-mono DAC design with two 24-bit/192kHz DSD1792A and using an advanced 100% solid-state topology. This remarkable headphone amplifier is not just a side product, but easily competes with the best standalone headphone amplifiers.

Plenty of power.

Our headphone amp delivers high output power (up to 1.75W) over various loads, enough to drive even the most demanding headphones. The advanced amplifier design uses a high-speed buffer with a slew rate above 2000 V/ms to prevent odd order distortion anomalies.

Pure analog control.

The Achilles heel of many amplifiers is their volume control. It is most often digital for reasons of convenience, causing a loss of resolution and dynamics. Nativ Wave performs volume control purely in the analog domain and is completely bit-perfect, at any volume level. It features one stereo volume control chip per channel in differential mode, virtually eliminating noise and minimizing THD.

Sounds amazing. Looks the part.

The design of Nativ Wave is a refreshing alternative to the “synchronized” look of most USB DACs. We hand-built Nativ Wave in small production lots and only use exclusive materials, including premium-grade 7000 series aluminum with fine anodize finish, Japanese-made Asahi® glass and solid American wood.

Technology.

Control

  • Two built-in 2.7” OLED displays
  • iOS/Android apps1)
  • Voice Control1)
  • Capacitive touch sensor buttons for menu options and volume control
  • Infrared Remote Control

D/A conversion

  • Fully balanced Dual-Mono DAC design
  • Two 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DSD1792A DACs

Clock management

High-precision digital clocking system based on two ultra-low phase noise oscillators by Crystek and sophisticated data re-clocking.

Analog audio output

Terminals

  • 1 pair balanced (XLR), 20 Ohm
  • 1 pair single-ended (RCA), 10 Ohm

Maximum Output Level

  • High:
    XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 15Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 7.5Vrms
  • Low:
    XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 4Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 2Vrms

Key specs

  • Dynamic Range: 127dB, A-weighted, AES17, 0dBFS, High output level, PCM Fs=44.1kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N): <0.0005%, 1kHz 0dBFS
  • Channel separation: >120dB, 1kHz 0dBFS

Headphone Amp & Output

Terminals

  • 1x 6.35mm (1/4”), 2 Ohm
  • 1x balanced 4-pin female (XLR), 4 Ohm

Maximum Output Level

  • High:
    4-pin XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 15Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 7.5Vrms
  • Low:
    4-pin XLR (balanced), 0dBFS: 4Vrms,
    RCA (unbalanced), 0dBFS: 2Vrms

Maximum Output Power

  • Unbalanced, 32-ohm load: 1750mW
  • Balanced, 300-ohm load: 750mW
  • Balanced, 600-ohm load: 375mW

Volume Control

  • Pure analog volume attenuator
  • Fully balanced: one stereo volume control chip per channel
  • Bit-perfect: absolutely no loss in resolution or dynamics
Technology.

FIR filters

Linear/Minimum phase, Slow/Fast Roll-off, Standard/Apodizing attenuation

Audio input processing

  • Bit-perfect
  • DSD upsampling at 128x Fs

Digital audio inputs

S/PDIF (coax)

  • 1x RCA (gold-plated), 1x BNC (gold-plated)
  • Unbalanced, 75 Ohm
  • Galvanic isolation (transformer)
  • 0.3Vpp to 0.6Vpp
  • Stereo PCM 16- and 24-bit, Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz
  • Stereo DSD via DoP: DSD64 packed into PCM frames at 176.4kHz

S/PDIF (optical)

  • 1x TosLink
  • Galvanic isolation (optical)
  • Stereo PCM 16- and 24-bit, Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz and 96kHz

AES/EBU

  • 1x XLR
  • Balanced, 110 Ohm
  • Galvanic isolation (transformer)
  • 2 to 7Vpp
  • Stereo PCM 16- and 24-bit, Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz
  • Stereo DSD via DoP: DSD64 packed into PCM frames at 176.4kHz

USB 2.0 HS (480Mb/s)

  • Asynchronous USB, Audio Class 2.0, 16-core DSP by XMOS
  • Galvanic isolation
  • Stereo PCM 16-, 24- and 32-bit, Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz and 384kHz (Driver required for MS Windows)
  • DSD (Stereo) via DoP: DSD64 packed into PCM frames at 176.4kHz, DSD128 packed into PCM frames at 352.8kHz (Driver required for MS Windows)
  • Native DSD (Stereo): DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256. Requires Nativ Vita high-res music server or computer with OS that natively supports USB Audio Class 2.0 (e.g. Apple Mac)

Dimensions & Weight

  • Size (Width x Height x Depth)
    DAC:
    28.5 x 21.8 x 4.5 cm (11.2 x 8.58 x 1.77 inch)
    Wood stand:
    28.5 x 3.5 x 13.5 cm (11.2 x 1.38 x 5.31 inch)
  • Weight
    DAC: 1.95 kg (4.30 lb)
    Wood stand: 0.35 kg (0.77 lb)

Package includes

Nativ Wave USB Dual-Mono DAC, Desk-stand (Oak), User Guide, IR Remote control, Switching Power Supply.

1) Control via smartphone apps and voice control requires Nativ Vita.

Get Nativ Wave.

Bring your music to life. Our amazing Dual-Mono USB DAC and headphone amplifier is hand-built in small production lots only, but ships to music lovers all around the world.

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