High-performance Dual ES9068AS Balanced Audio Decoder MQA DAC

    Complete Connection System
    MQA Decoding
    Dual ES9068AS DAC & XMOS XU216 Chip
    Altera MAX II CPLD
    High Quality Design
    Bluetooth 5.0
Regular price €499,99
Sale price €499,99 Regular price

Complete Connection System

The DAC X16 is equipped with a particularly complete set of connectors, which means that it can be easily integrated into most audio systems. Inputs include USB-B, Coaxial, Toslink Optical and I2S via HDMI, as well as Bluetooth 5.0. On the output side, the DAC offers a balanced XLR output and an unbalanced RCA output.

MQA Decoding

The DAC X16 is capable of decoding MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files via its Coaxial, AES, Optical and I2S inputs. MQA allows sound reproduction quality to be as close as possible to the original recording.

Dual ES9068AS DAC & XMOS XU216 Chip

Embedded on a pair of new-generation ESS Sabre ES9068AS chips, the DAC X16 provides a very rich and precise reproduction, with a THD+N of -120dB and a dynamic range of 128dBA. These chips also allow hardware decoding of AQA files and support high-resolution files up to 32bit 768kHz PCM and DSD512.
The USB-B input is associated with a high-performance XMOS XU216 chip. It supports PCM files up to 32bit 768kHz, DSD files up to DSD512 and 384kHz MQA files.


An Altera MAX II CPLD provides perfect clock signal handling for extremely low jitter, while offering audio signal correction and enabling DoP decoding. Two Accusilicon AS318-B clocks are also present to provide an extremely accurate clock signal.

High Quality Design

The DAC X16 is equipped with many high-quality components. These include low-distortion and low-noise OPA1612 AOPs on the I/V conversion circuit, Vishay and MELF resistors, TPS7A47 and TPS7A33 linear regulators and a custom-designed toroidal transformer.

Bluetooth 5.0

Equipped with a Qualcomm CSR8675 chip, the DAC X16 can receive audio streams via Bluetooth. In addition, this chip supports the SBC and AAC codecs, but above all aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD and LDAC for a stable transmission and a more than convincing reproduction.

Inside the Box

  • 1 x GUSTARD DAC-X16
  • User Manual

1 Year Warranty

The GUSTARD DAC-X16 Comes with a 1 year warranty on the AMP & DAC only. Warranty doesn't apply to the included accessories.

Technical Details

Product type
DAC Chip
2x ES9068AS
Bluetooth Chip
USB Chip
Bluetooth 5.0
1x USB-B
1x Coaxial SPDIF
1x I2S via HDMI
1x Optical Toslink
1x Single-ended RCA
1x Balanced XLR
Supported Bluetooth codecs
SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD, LDAC
Supported sampling rates
USB : PCM up to 32bit 768kHz, Native DSD up to DSD512, DSD DoP up to DSD256, MQA up to 384kHz
I2S : PCM up to 32bit 768kHz, Native DSD up to DSD512, DSD DoP up to DSD512, MQA hardware rendering Coaxial, Optical, AES : PCM up to 24bit 192kHz, DSD DoP up to DSD64, MQA hardware rendering
Bluetooth : PCM up to 24bit 96kHz (LDAC)
USB Input compatibility
Windows 7 SP1 / 8 / 10 32-64bit
Mac OS
Altera MAX II
2x Accusilicon AS318-B
Linear regulators
1x TPS7A47
1x TPS7A33
Output levels
Single-ended RCA : 2Vrms @ 0dBFS
Balanced XLR : 4Vrms @ 0dBFS
Output impedance
Single-ended RCA : 100Ω
Balanced XLR : 300Ω
Frequency response
20Hz - 20kHz ±0.08dB
Dynamic range
> 126dB
-130dB @ 1kHz
< 0.0001% 1kHz
< 0.0004% @ -1dBFS

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This product is in Pre-order period. Pre-orders are provided for items that have not reached us and will take some time to be shipped out.

Pre-order Period: 7-10 working days


  • No cancellation of orders once ordered.
  • All orders to be shipped out sequentially.

Authentic Products

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Worldwide Free Shipping

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1 Year Warranty

We provide 1 year warranty for the all products except the cables and accessories*.

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