The Nuforce uDAC is probably one of the most successful entry level DAC that the audio world has ever seen. Stores consistently run out of stock on the uDAC, and as fast as Nuforce can make them, the market buys at even a faster rate. Which is why it’s been very hard to get a hold of the uDAC, especially here in Asia. For $99 dollars, there’s nothing hotter than the uDAC.
Not only it’s a pretty awesome sounding player, it’s also wrapped in a very high quality finish aluminum casing that blows away all the other offerings in the market. The photographs don’t do justice to the uDAC, because the red enclosure is not made from plastic, but actually a very high quality finished aluminum, with a very fine semi-metallic red finishing. Likewise the front and back panel has the same high quality finishing. The volume knob feels very good, as it also doubles as an on/off switch. The uDAC comes in a very striking size. The dimensions are very tiny, the panel designed to be just enough to fit a pair of analog out RCAs, a coax RCA in/out, and a USB in connector. Build quality wise, it just doesn’t get better than this, until you go way up the price ladder.
Let me share some photos of the uDAC, before we move on to talking about the sound.