In designing the Dactilus, Heed's primary aim was to create a D-to-A converter device which makes any digital source – CD players, DAB tuners, etc. – more enjoyable to listen to in 'musical' terms. Used with higher ranking digital components it still holds its own against many on-board DACs with its strikingly different approach – a less analytical and processed presentation of music which conveys the musical message in a very fluid, natural, rhythmically engaging fashion. Even the primal Dactilus 1 with Heed's first-ever DAC circuitry, the Dactil 1.0 module - was capable of doing all that: “…it’s seldom anything other than an enjoyable one to listen to and we’re happy to recommend it…” as leading UK Magazine Hi-Fi Choice found it in its review.
The present generation Dactilus MKIII, is equipped with Heed's vibrant new Dactil 1.3 DAC module (which is capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing: that's the figures box ticked), which builds upon the virtues of the earlier model, injecting extra transparency, information retrieval and dynamic capability. The heart of the new Heed Dactil 1.3 DAC module, is based on a 'highly integrated' Wolfson D/A chip. It handles all sources up to 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signals and, in spite of its striking minimalism, is capable of achieving astonishingly good performance.
The features list is arguably 'modest': optical (Toslink) and electrical (Coax SPDIF) digital inputs (selected using a rear-mounted switch) or an asynchronous, 24bit/192 kHz capable USB input into a single unbalanced output. So, whil these features are common place, the performance is not. Performance is always key with a Heed Audio component. Performance in definition, with regards to the Dactilus MKIII, is something that relates more to a 'live performance' and it captures energy as you would from such a spectacle, and it will reveal more like a live performance would. It will 'decouple you' from the digital world - and bring you back to the analogue world...and bring music back to life.
As we know - power is key, in analogue or digital worlds (remember - digital mediums also live in an analogue world). In order to avoid undesirable electro-magnetic interference within the chassis, the Dactilus has no on-board power supply, it employs Heed's external X-PSU 30 for the clarity of processing it requires. This of course can be upgraded with Heed's Q-PSU for maximum 'performance' and enjoyment.