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C10 Digital to Analog Converter

C10 Digital to Analog Converter

Same old story – a whole new performance…the C10 Digital to Analog Converter

In many ways, the guiding principles that underpin the C10’s design are firmly rooted in the existing 1 Series. But the revised topology, the novel DSQ™ Phase Array DAC architecture, and the incredibly sophisticated grounding and power supply arrangements deliver a whole new level of upgradable, configurable, musical performance. The 16 software-driven R2R DACs at the heart of the C10 mean that it is both updatable and future-proof: as future-proof as the C1.2 – still at the top of its game after 15 years. The C10 establishes a completely new standard for musical performance, practicality, and versatility. It promises its owners a relationship that’s as long as it is musically rewarding.

The C10 relies on the proven performance of the PCM 1704 R2R DAC chip, driven by our sophisticated DSP-based, short-tailed PEtER over-sampling algorithm. The DSP operates at a 32-bit fixed point before conversion to 24-bit at the output, the native resolution of the PCM 1704. The C10 uses 16 DACs in a dual differential, sequential DSQ™ Phase Array topology.

The C10 power supply provides four independent, highly regulated multiple DC feeds to galvanically isolated circuit blocks within the chassis: the digital processing circuitry, the clock, and the left and right DACs. The audio chassis has adopted a mirror imaged layout, the modular input cards located centrally with the DACs disposed on either side and benefiting from symmetrical clock feeds.

This pure DAC is dedicated to delivering the best possible performance from digital storage media. Best performance demands pairing it with a top-flight line-stage pre-amplifier, like the L10. To optimize system matching, it offers user-selectable output levels (1, 2.5, or 5V) and switchable local/global feedback. Inputs are still modular and configurable. The C10 is fitted with CH-Digital-IN HD and Ethernet Control cards as standard, providing connection to CH-LINK HD, AES/EBU (XLR), S/PDIF (RCA), and TosLink optical inputs and also allowing network control via the CH-Control App.

The Ethernet Control card can be upgraded to the Ethernet-In HD card, creating a high-quality streaming interface (compatible with all major streaming services). Three additional slots allow users to fit an extra digital input card, a USB input, and the Clock Sync card for connection to an external 10MHz master clock, such as the CH T10 Time reference.

The C10 Mono

To move from the C10 to the C10 Mono, you simply add an extra power supply. The separation of the circuit blocks within the C10 audio chassis, combined with the four discrete DC feeds from the power supply means that we can surpass the benefits of the six-box topology by adding a single extra power supply chassis, splitting the DC feeds between them. Same significant step up in performance – half the boxes to accommodate.

C10 Digital to Analog Converter:


  • Four independent 2.4GFLOPS DSP engines.
  • Proprietary CH-PEtER 32-bit fixed point, synchronous data over-sampling processing
  • Direct DSD to 705.6kHz, PCM conversion.
  • Full MQA decoder (unfolding and rendering) at 24bit / 768kHz.

Digital to Analog Conversion:

  • Eight PCM1704 R-2R converters per channel in a sequential DSQ™ Phase Array topology operating at 64x FS.
  • Fully complementary, dual mono symmetrical circuit topology.
  • Discrete, dedicated, fully regulated linear, ground-separated power supplies for low noise and maximum channel separation.

Timing & Clocking:

  • Ultra-low jitter MEMS-based, thermally compensated Master Clock with dedicated, shunt-regulated power supply.

Audio Path:

  • Selectable Local or Global feedback.
  • Switchable for mono (input L + input R) output.
  • Reversible absolute phase.

Analog Output Stage:

  • Pure class A, fully symmetrical DC coupled circuit.
  • Fully discrete, ultra-low noise, high slew rate design.
  • Third-order Sallen-Key Bessel filter.
  • One pair each – balanced XLR, single-ended RCA, and BNC outputs.

User control:

  • 5-button interface.
  • Infrared remote control.
  • Ethernet control (CH-Control app, home automation, etc.).
  • AMOLED 800×480 display.

Power Supply:

  • Dedicated external power supply unit with 3 transformers.
    > 1.5F of total capacitance
  • Multiple cascaded discrete linear regulators.
  • Shunt topology regulators for critical stages.
  • Independent left, right, clock, and digital grounds.


Conversion resolution: 24 bit / 2.8824MHz or 3.072MHz
Bandwidth: DC to 150kHz (-3dB)
Analog outputs level:
- Balanced XLR: Low level 2VRMS, Mid level 5VRMS or High level 10VRMS
- Single-ended RCA/BNC: Low level 1VRMS, Mid level 2.5VRMS or High level 5VRMS
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 121dB
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: < 0.003%, full scale, 22kHz BW
Power supply: Selectable 100V, 115V or 230V AC, 47Hz to 63Hz
Power consumption: Standby: < 1W Normal operation: Max 100W
Operating conditions: Temperature: +5°C to +35°C
Humidity: 5% to 85% (no condensation)
Net: 440 x 440 x 133mm (W x D x H), Converter 20kg, Power supply 23kg.
Gross: 800 x 600 x 300mm (W x D x H), Converter 27kg, Power supply 30kg.