The World’s Most Musical DAC
While Jadis is renowned worldwide for their amplifiers and preamplifiers, many accomplished audiophiles are unaware that the company also makes some of the most musical and best sounding digital products in the business.
Jadis CD players and DACs deliver state-of-the-art resolution along with a density of tone and image that are unsurpassed. Only the fullest expression of vibrant tonal shades and colors combined with sublime layering and textures of music can truly convey music’s essence and with Jadis, the emotionally convincing result is nothing less than a spine-tingling performance with authenticity and musicality most digital components can only dream of.
In the latest version of the JS1 Jadis has achieved sonic improvements by further simplifying the signal path, and developing a completely passive filter and current voltage converter stage. That, combined with the newly constructed D/A converter, allow the MkV version to clearly surpass its predecessor in terms of naturalness, tonal color and a relaxed natural presentation. Jadis’ proven signature tube rectified all tube analog circuitry, which features an optimized circuit for direct heating of the filaments, reduces background noise and further elevates the sonic performance.
Features and Specifications
The JS1 MkV has three 24 bit/192 KHz digital inputs: SPDIF (RCA & Toslink), AES/EBU, Optical ST and one 24/384 KHz USB DSD compatible input. Other features include balanced and unbalanced outputs and an outboard power supply. The MkV version also receives a new digital board which has the ability to accept higher future formats.
Other features include: tube regulated high-voltage outboard power supply, non-magnetic stainless-steel chasis, premium passive parts including select wire and unique capacitors for optimal fidelity, and built by hand at the Jadis factory in Villedubert, France. Tube complement is: 2 x 6922, 2 x 12AU7, 1 x EF86 and 1 x EL86. Dimensions: 2 x 18″ wide, 12.8″ deep and 4.9” inches tall. System weight 66 lbs.
24/384 DSD Resolution
The JS1 MkV has three 24 bit/192 KHz digital inputs: SPDIF (RCA & Toslink), AES/EBU, Optical ST and one 24/384 KHz USB DSD compatible input.
I can confidently say that the Jadis JS1 offers something that, if not unique, is at least highly distinctive: a digital source that uses tubes to offer a rich, colorful, tactile, propulsive sound, state-of-the-art soundstaging, complete freedom from digital artifacts, and an ability to breathe life into just about any recording. If that's what you're looking for, a world of fun awaits.
Alex Halberstadt, Stereophile, December 2021