Prism Sound introduces the Callia DAC and headphone amp

The device is a DAC, pre-amplifier and headphone amp in a compact box, designed for use in “no compromise, high-quality home audio systems”.

It can handle files up to 32-bit (USB only), 384kHz and also DSD64 and DSD128 Direct Stream Digital audio.

Connectivity is extensive, with high-resolution USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs, as well as balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA phono outputs.

The output volume can be set via the volume control to use the Callia as a preamp straight into a power amp, or fixed for use with integrated and pre/power amps.

Headphone users get the benefit of a built-in headphone amp with a dedicated volume control potentiometer.

The DAC circuits are identical to the ones used in the company's professional Lyra, Titan and Atlas recording interfaces, allowing music to be “reproduced exactly as it sounded in the studio or recording location”, the company claims.

Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.