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The JDS Labs EL DAC adopts the form factor of the original Element and expands connectivity to suit any audio system: headphones, gaming, home theater, or speaker setups. Fully self powered, its AK4490 receives up to 24/192k PCM via optical or transformer isolated coaxial S/PDIF, or up to 32/384k via USB Audio Class 2. EL DAC continues its predecessor's unique mechanics with a touch sensitive light ring, putting all control front and center.


We designed the Element Line for precision fit and function. EL DAC utilizes an AK4490EQ digital-to-analog converter, delivering performance far beyond Objective criteria, with full USB Audio Class 2 support, transformer isolated coaxial input, and optical input. Stack with EL Amp for single button switching between headphones and speakers.


Transformer Isolated S/PDIF

Coaxial S/PDIF input is fully isolated using a Pulse transformer, to minimize the possibility of ground loop noise.

4-Layer PCB

All JDS Labs DACs are built on 4-layer printed circuit boards to achieve proper USB characteristic impedance of 90 ohms.

USB Audio Class 2

EL DAC supports up to 32/384kHz audio using a dedicated 45/49MHz clock pair. While we claim no measurable superiority of high sampling rates, UAC2 and ASIO support satisfy your pursuit of bitperfect listening.

100% Self-Powered USB

EL DAC is powered by a perfected supply network, with 12 linear regulators that ensure consistent rail voltage and super low ripple. Never be bothered by USB hubs or OS power difficulties again!

Light Ring

Enjoy the presence of your EL DAC with front and center mode selection via touch-sensitive light ring.

Differential Summing Output

Differential output of the AK4490EQ DAC is summed by an OPA2227, with DC coupling throughout. Drive any load you wish, satisfactoraly.


DAC Performance
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.15dB
  • THD+N 20Hz-20kHz < 0.0011%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS 0.00017%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.00061%
  • Noise (A-Weighted) -109 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted) 117 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS -0.01 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA -108 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 11025Hz -116 dB
  • PCB Stackup 4 Layers
  • Maximum DAC Line-Output, 100K 2.00 VRMS

Data Support
  • Audio Formats (S/PDIF) 16/44.1kHz thru 24/192kHz*
  • Audio Formats (USB) 16/44.1kHz thru 32/384kHz**
  • USB Interface USB Audio Class 2
  • USB Driver OS Support Windows XP/7/8/10, OS X, Linux

* Many sources are unable to reliably transmit at 192kHz.
** Windows 7 supports 24/192kHz maximum.

  • Digital Inputs USB, TOSLINK, and Coaxial S/PDIF
  • DAC Line-Output RCA

  • Case Dimensions 5.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 in
  • Weight 18 oz

  • EL DAC
  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • 3ft USB Type-A Cable
  • 6ft TOSLINK Cable

*** Please install drivers and reboot prior to first connection of EL DAC.


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JDS Labs EL DAC Digital-to-Analog Converter


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