Experience the DAC212SE and AMP212 in Paris

At the Haute Fidelite

November 2018

"I find the DiDiT 212se to be enormously compelling musically, so much so, that it is currently my favorite DAC/pre. "

The 212se managed to capture the harmonic bloom of Karr’s vintage Amati in spectacular fashion. Not only that, but its plush layering of the soundstage left no doubt about the placement of the Amati doublebass in relation to the pipe organ accompaniment. This is a good time to mention definition of bass lines. Deep and mid bass lines were reproduced with exemplary clarity. There was never any confusion about pitch definition. Of course, this was also a function of the associated speakers and power amp, but in the context of the reference system it was quite easy to resolve the timbre of the 8- and 16-foot organ pipes.
If someone had told me a few months ago that I would be embracing a sigma-delta DAC I would have thrown a couple of spuds at them. But keep in mind that in my experience there’s a narrow path toward optimal sound, which involves selection of the slow roll-off filter and a Qsize setting of 7. So configured, I find the DiDiT 212se to be enormously compelling musically, so much so, that it is currently my favorite DAC/pre.

Dick Olsher for the Absolute Sound

"The sound was vivid and offered up a deep aural vision"

The guitarist’s mostly acoustic performance enhanced with synclavier pieces came to us full of flavour and richness.
The sound was vivid and offered up a deep aural vision on the settings the producer hade made of the recordings. Truly stunning was the rendition of the 24bit/176.4kHz recording of Sera Una Noche La Segunda on M.A. Recordings. This is a very airy reading captured with just two microphones. Its dynamic range is really rare these days and the musical style of early tango ideally suited. The DAC212 locked on to the higher bit rate without issue and just as all incoming PCM material, oversampled the input to 1.5MHz before further processing. As we played more hi-res PCM materialwe became more and more fond of the DAC212’s ‘sound’. Speaking of sound might suggest that the DAC212 had a sound of its own. But that wasn’t the case.

Marja&Henk for 6Moons
  1. Chassis design
  2. Advanced features
  3. Innovative technology

aluminum anti-resonance design chassis
Sorbothane® vibration absorption feet

all our designs incorporate the following technologies

advanced PCB design
  1. multi-layer PCB
  2. low inductance, reduced crosstalk
impedance balanced
  1. equal impendance differential
  2. no interference
ultra quiet
  1. ultra quiet -135dB
  2. no residual noise
true balanced design
  1. fully balanced design
  2. maximum CMMR benefit
vibration protection
  1. solid aluminum clambshell chassis
  2. Sorbothane vibration control feet
  1. capacitor-less dc-coupled design
  2. optimum phase response


The DAC212 Signature Edition, is probably the most intelligent digital pre-amp produced today.
It is the perfect integration of audiophile technology and intelligent software.
The unique software lets configure the DAC212SE to suite your needs and requirements, without compromising audiophile performance.

true balanced design

There are several ways to achieve a balanced or differential output. The DAC212 incorporates a not very common true differential circuit combined with "Virtual Grounding and balanced interfacing" this results in a very clear signal, free from interferences and conveying the music in its purest way.
This requires very advanced 4-layer PCB design.
While only true balanced circuits are superior to single-ended designs, they are sparsely used (even in high-end audio) due to the extra amount of components.
In our balanced design we take this even further, as the entire output section is true differential. Thereby gaining double the CMNR benefits compared to regular true differential design.
The effect is unsurpassed musical performance!

HD audio compatible.

the DAC212 was designed to accept almost all high resolution standards of digital signal.
Regular PCM up to 192kHz via the SPDIF inputs, and 384kHz and DSD512 via USB.
It will easily connect to for example your Roon endpoint or any other digital source.

audiophile Headphone output

The DAC212SE is fitted with a very powerful output stage that drives any headphone with ease. The low impedance output stage is capable of delivering an enormous amount of power. While maintaining absolutely stable under all conditions.
No additional headphone amplifier required!
  1. 4000 mW / 32Ω @XLR connector +6dB gain setting
  2. 500mW / 32Ω @headphone jack +6dB gain setting

Self-cleaning relays

Switching the DAC212 on `self-cleans' the relays, as they rapidly open and close thereby avoiding the build up of corrosive particles detrimental to the audio signal.

"The first thing noticeable with a DiDiT 212 DAC in my system was how the sound became more focused"

The DAC never sounds exasperatingly fast, but the quickness in which it deals with leading edges is undoubtedly accurate and controlled. Beat driven music has an instant toe tapping appeal and smile factor which is just so addictive.
Play any good acoustic music which has strong female vocals and the 212 is pretty stunning.
The DiDiT 212 from Rients and the team in the Netherlands is a stunning piece of engineering, a real classy looking product with an equally classy sound – especially for the money.
For me the vocals are standout with this DAC, if you are a valve fan vocally, but go potty at the pitfalls such as the looser bass and the loss of that bottom most octave and want to try something in the solid state arena again, then I’d suggest you have a ‘money back’ listen.

Dan Worth for Hifi Pig

"the DAC was engaging, musical and ‘fun’ in the best sense of that word"

Straight out of the box, from first power-up, and long into the first late evening (which then became early morning) the DAC was engaging, musical and ‘fun’ in the best sense of that word, and so easy on the ear it was a struggle to accept that this was a digital product being auditioned.
Early digital products were often criticized for being ‘bright’, ‘hard’, or similar. Continuing development has lessened those criticisms and digital is by many considered the ‘equal’ of vinyl. Ease of listening, engagement and convenience have made non-analogue sources much more acceptable in the vinyl camp, and many live happily with both.

Chris Beeching for the Ear