Lavry Engineering Quintessence DAC + Monitor Controller


Lavry Engineering Quintessence

SKU: Quintessence


For over 16 years, the Lavry DA924 has held the highest rank among converters on the market for accuracy, transparency, musicality, and dynamic range.  The Lavry Quintessence performance exceeds it in all these aspects while providing additional functionality.

This DAC includes dual stereo XLR outputs (Main and Monitor) with +18 and +24 dBu peak output levels.  An intuitive push-button system and rotary knob controls analog Volume adjustment for the Monitor Output with a resolution of ¼ dB over an 80 dB range, and fine calibration of the Main outputs by 0.1 dB steps for a ±0.7 dB range.

The Quintessence has two AES and one SPDIF inputs, which accept standard sample rates from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz.  Switching between inputs recalls independent Monitor Volume settings from memory for ease of use and ABX comparison.  Other features include BAL/UNBAL, Mono, Polarity Inversion, and personalized illumination settings.


  • Transparency and accuracy of a Lavry converter
  • Three inputs (2) AES and (1) SPDIF
  • Main & Monitor XLR outputs
  • Output range setting for +18 and +24 dBu peak level for each output
  • Balanced/unbalanced setting for each output
  • Monitor output has an 80 dB range analog Volume control with .25dB steps
  • Volume setting memory for each input
  • Output level calibration +/- 0.7dB adjustable in 0.1dB steps
  • Mono function
  • Polarity Inversion function
  • Accepts 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz inputs
  • Large rotary knob for Volume adjustment
  • Large illuminated pushbuttons display function status


  • Tracking
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Post Production


  • Distortion: 0.0005% at – 3dBFS, 1kHz; 0.0009% at -3 dBFS, 20 Hz- 20 kHz
  • Noise: -110 dBFS un-weighted
  • Flatness Response: 0.05 dB
  • Channel Separation: 107 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • Mute: -125 dB (Volume = 0)
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
  • Stereo Level Matching (Left to Right): 0.04 dB
  • Main to Monitor Level Matching: 0.04 dB (Monitor Setting at Maximum Value)  
  • Crosstalk: -127 dB at 1kHz (-130 dB typical), -112 dB at 20Hz – 20 kHz
  • Click & Pop Protection on Switching: fast fade out, fade in (front panel switches)


  • 2 XLR: transformer isolated
  • 1 RCA: transformer isolated


  • Main Stereo Output: 24 dBu into 600 Ohms
  • Monitor Out: 24 dBu into 600 Ohms maximum
  • Monitor Level: Digitally controlled analog attenuation (3 dB or 0.25 dB steps)
  • Monitor Attenuation: up to 79.75 dB + Mute


  • Calibration Range: ±0.7 dB
  • Calibration Steps: 0.1 dB
  • Calibration Step Accuracy: ±0.002 dB


  • This unit automatically adjusts to AC power in the range of 90-264VAC, 47-63 Hertz. No change of settings is necessary.


Weight 10 lbs



Lavry Engineering

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