Review: Lake People DAC RS-06 – Stripped

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– four switchable digital inputs:

– transformer balanced via XLR (AES 3), 24 bit / 192 kHz
– coaxial via RCA (S/P-DIF, AES-3id), 24 bit / 192 kHz
– optical via TOS-Link, 24 bit / 192 kHz
– USB 24/96 input Style B, transformer-coupled
– optional 192k-USB input

–  coaxial digital output
– LED signaling for active input, lock, error and resampling-on
– Resampling related to 96 Hz
– 32 bit double-mono converters ( 2 converters per channel )
– Delta-Sigma D/A converter with 120 dB dynamic range / -112 dB THD
– output level software-adjustable to +3/+9/+15/+21 dBu for the
bal. output resp. -3/+3/+9/+15 dBu for the unbal. output
– sophisticated analog output stages, max. dyn. range / min. distortion
– high-quality op-amps along the signal path
– high-quality MKP capacitors along the signal path
– balanced signals from the D/A converters to the outputs
– analog outputs electronically balanced via XLR, unbalanced via RCA
– elaborate supply voltage, low ERS caps for filtering and stabilization
– solid black anodized aluminum case, front- and back panels

Technical Data


Analog inputs: 2 x XLR, electronically balanced, impedance 10 kohms
Input sensitivity: +2 … +25 dBu
Frequency range: 10 Hz … 20 kHz (- 0,1 dB)
10 Hz … 70 kHz (- 1 dB)
Crosstalk: < -90 dB (@ 15 kHz)
Resolution: 24 bit / up to 192 kHz
Dynamic range: > 119 dB (A-wtd)
THD+N: < -109 dB (@ -1 dBFs)
Internal sync: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
External sync: – WCLK, unbalanced, impedance 75 ohms, 28…210 kHz
Output format: Pro / Con switchable
Digital outputs: – XLR, transformer balanced, according to AES 3/11;
  impedance 110 ohms, output voltage > 4 Vss
– Cinch, coaxial, according to IEC 958/AES-3id,
  impedance 75 ohms, output voltage > 1 Vss
– TosLink, optical according to EIAJ RC RC-5720
– optional 96 kHz USB output
Power supply: 90 … 260 V AC with IEC/CEE connector
Dimensions: 168 x 49 x 145 mm (W x H x D)
Case/Finish: Stainless steel case, front and back


One thing you will notice about the front is that it no longer has the volume knob that the V850 has.  This allowed the owners of the V850 to tweak the volume while it was still in digital form.  It is a nice feature, but not one that everyone is going to use, and not having it on the RS-06 does have its advantages.

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4.2/5 - (42 votes)



  • Reply July 26, 2016

    Snazzy Labs

    Great review! Sounds awesome, I’m sure, but BLEH is it ugly! The weird font/logo etching in weird areas is so hideous. The LEDs look tacky and could easily be higher quality without adding hardly anything to the cost. I certainly wouldn’t want this eyesore in my rack. I’m sick of “value-based” equipment looking like crap.

    • Reply July 26, 2016


      It has the typical LakePeople look. Don’t forget this is the PRO line and not the consumer’s line. A lot of people like this kind of design but personally I don’t either. That’s why I pay more for the Violectric 🙂

      • Reply July 26, 2016


        …PRO customers usually don’t care about “reference series” written 3 times on a front plate :)…it is really ugly…I would pay extra 50 just to get rid of all those lines and blah blah signs…I like Violectric products -they are ugly too but in a way one can like, but this is too much 🙂 (If someone from LP/Violectric is reading this)

  • Reply July 26, 2016


    Awesome review! Always enjoy reading them even if I can’t afford them. 🙂

    Although I just so happened to be looking at picking up a DAC and was highly considering the Violectric V800 to pair with my V200 and HE-500 headphones. I see rs-06 is only $90 more than the V800, so how would they compare sound-wise? Is this worth the extra $90? Thanks, Jordan.

    • Reply July 27, 2016


      I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing the V800. I know L definitely prefers the V850. So, with the difference that small, I would go with the RS 06

  • Reply July 27, 2016


    I think you are all crazy. As long as it is functional and well built, who cares how it looks?

  • Reply July 27, 2016

    Tobias Bigger

    Quoting from the “Technical Data” section:

    “Digital outputs:
    – XLR, transformer balanced, according to AES 3/11;
    impedance 110 ohms, output voltage > 4 Vss
    – Cinch, coaxial, according to IEC 958/AES-3id,
    impedance 75 ohms, output voltage > 1 Vss
    – TosLink, optical according to EIAJ RC RC-5720
    – optional 96 kHz USB output”

    “Analog inputs: 2 x XLR, electronically balanced, impedance 10 kohms”

    Did you notice that this doesn’t fit to a DAC?
    Seems you used a data sheet from an ADC piece of gear…

  • Reply July 28, 2016


    I am considering some amps/DACs to pair with the Beyerdynamic T90 but I cannot make my mind since I am trying to keep the cost of amp + DAC under 1000$. The question is which one has more impact on sound stage and imaging? amp or DAC? With regard to amps, I am thinking of Bakoon HPA-01M, RSA Raptor, La Figaro 339, G109S and Beyerdynamic A20. Based on your review on Bakoon HPA-01M and 6moons’ review on RSA Raptor, I think both have great sound stage and quality but if I go for one of these two, I have to choose a cheap DAC. The other 3 amps that I am considering are cheaper and allow me to go for better DACs. Do you have any suggestion?

    • Reply September 3, 2017

      Danni Veng

      John, what did you end up with if I may ask?

  • Reply July 1, 2020


    Well I think it looks great! F I had a problem with the logos d just paint them out.
    Great review as always Thanks. ????

  • Reply May 16, 2021


    It not ‘ugly’ at all. It’s industrial and functional and each can see that as they will. That poster should realise the difference between people’s personal preferences rather than blurting out their own as some sort of fact.

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