Tuesday, April 24th 2012

New Rubicon DAC Uses Atomic Clock for Jitter-Correction

A new DAC by Rubicon, the Rubicon Antelope, seeks to address the problem of jitter using a rubidium atomic clock instead of a crystal oscillator. Modern electronics rely on oscillators and clock-generators to time the flow of everything from signals to well-structured packets of data. Often the accuracy of these could impact on signal quality (think of a packet "missing the bus" due to bad timing), during digital to analog conversion. External DACs tend to suffer jitters during digital to analog conversion, which could ruin the experience for extreme-Audiophiles.

Rubicon used the most accurate clock generation technique known to man, by implementing a rubidium atomic clock. This clock, Rubicon claims, is 100,000 times more stable than conventional crystal oscillators. Although it sounds gimmicky to the mainstream, atomic clock-based equipment very much are used in big-budget professional mastering studios. Other features include 64-bit acoustically-focused clocking jitter management technology; 384 kHz D/A and A/D converters; ultra-linear, dual stage headphone amps; de-jittered audio S/PDIF output; DLNA streaming capabilities through an Ethernet interface.

Source: Gizmodo
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16 Comments on New Rubicon DAC Uses Atomic Clock for Jitter-Correction

#3
RejZoR
I hope that it vibrates. Can't see any other purpose of it lol...
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#4
tomkaten
The audiophile centaur testosterone placebo strikes again, for the low price of two kidneys and one liver :)
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#5
Frederik S
Staff
My price estimate is:
an arm and a leg

Looks crazy spec wise.

Cheers,
Fred
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#6
DarkOCean
by: RejZoR
I hope that it vibrates. Can't see any other purpose of it lol...
it looks pretty in your tent after you sold your house to buy it?! ... that or it may scare the rats.
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I always wanted an atomic clock. This is awesome.
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#9
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Lol complete that order for the lulz. The worst that can happen is your 20 EUR back.
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#10
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
Hey! I think I seen this in the underwater city of Rapture! Now I want to play BioShock... hehehe
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#11
ironwolf
But it's no good without Monster Cables... :wtf:
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#13
Thefumigator
well at least converts up to 384 kHz
Seems crystal based clock generators can't beat atomic clocks. Gotta have some reads about these....
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#14
D4S4
by: DarkOCean
it looks pretty in your tent after you sold your house to buy it?! ... that or it may scare the rats.
if i were a rat, i'd be scared. i must show it to my dog, he's the closest thing i have to a rat handy.

EDIT: he was pretty uninterested. :shadedshu
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#16
douglatins
by: theJesus
link to that? I'll place an order and see what happens :laugh:
I tried, when it gets to redirect ti payment it doens work
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