"It Brought Me Much Closer to the Music"
To upsample, or not to upsample. That may be the question, but it isn't a dilemma. Not when you own the Monarchy DIP Combo. Based on the critically acclaimed Monarchy DIP Classic, the Combo lets you select either 'Classic' operation using the precision 44.1 kHz reference clock or upsampling mode using the 96 kHz precision clock. A convenient front panel switch lets you choose between both clocks.
"The difference between listening with the Combo and without was like taking off my loudspeaker coverings, it just brought me that much closer to the music," reports Anthony Nicosia in his review for Affordable Audio. "This was not a one trick pony as it did not just improve upon one area of the music but rather many, which added up to a very enjoyable experience."
In the 'Classic' mode, the DIP Combo introduces a precision 44.1 kHz reference clock for excellent performance with standard CDs. This precision, extremely low jitter clock operates at a strong signal strength, allowing any conventional DAC to operate with far better precision and efficiency. The result is higher definition, better instrument localization, wider and deeper sound field, and, above all else, far greater musical enjoyment.
Set the Combo's front-panel switch to 96 kHz upsampler mode and get ready for a superb sonic experience. The upsampler provides a significant upgrade in sound when used with a standard CD player with digital outputs. For an even bigger improvement, the upsampler also reduces jitter thanks to a super-accurate internal clock. And its advanced circuitry boosts the strength of the digital signal.
Jitter Reduction… and Much More!
The DIP Combo provides jitter reduction and digital signal conditioning. Its signal boosting allows you to drive cables up to 100 feet in length, though for greatest signal integrity Monarchy recommends that you use cables no longer than a few feet. The Combo's ground isolation helps eliminate noise and hum.
The Ins and Outs
The DIP Combo has optical digital, coaxial digital, and AES-EBU XLR inputs, plus coaxial digital and AES-EBU XLR outputs. It accepts all two-channel stereo signals with sampling frequencies from 32 kHz to 96 kHz.
- A combination of the Monarchy Audio DIP Classic (44.1 kHz) and Upsampler (96 kHz) in one package
- Precision clocks enhance performance
- Format change: from RCA to XLR, from optical digital to coaxial digital, etc.
Ground isolation (from hum and noise)
- Signal boosting (to five times higher)
- Balanced inputs and outputs
- Front panel switching between 44.1 kHz or 96 kHz (instant upsampling)
- Signal conditioning (jitter reduction)
- Auto mute
Dimension: 6.5" wide, 7" long, 2.2" high
Net weight: 3 lbs.