As can be seen from the figure inside the machine, A200 uses all the digital parts of D200, and markedly enhance the performance of IIS output. In addition, A200 is equipped with A-core, dual-shielded, damping potting transformer, which is exactly the same as D100 PRO.
A200 is in pursuit of nature, openness, balance and enthusiasm, which is the modern style of CD. For analog output, A200's amp is carefully designed that it has an excellent driving for 32~600 ohm headphones, especially for the common 23~300 ohm tuning headphones, including K701, HD600, HD650, and HD800. Generally you don’t need to buy an external amp because of its internal up to ±18V DC power supply, 600 ohm driving capability, and stable 250mA ultra-low distortion output(current and voltage drive chip indicator: THD+N=0.00003%,distortion can be controlled at 0.01% even output >=10V)
The panel quality and assembly quality of A200 are much like D100 PRO. With further optimization and new mold, A200 has a narrower width, a deeper space, and a more compact body. Exquisite workmanship, calm appearance and convenient operation all reflect our pursuit of high-quality product.
A200 will be shipped with the latest firmware V2.4.X. The new firmware is more powerful on user experience in comparison with V2.3.9. More important is that A200 is not only able to control its playback through network, but also is a versatile network digital sound card regardless of DSD, PCM or CUE. The key point is that the sound quality will be not influenced by PC, tablet, mobile phone and its power. Detailed features of the new firmware will be introduced when it's released.
The new firmware of A200 is no longer a shortage for DSD playback. If you do not use a network sound card(network sound card feature requires tablet or PC), the coaxial port can output DSD DOP data to DSD decoding. If you use network sound card, the player in tablet or PC will convert lossless audio into 24bit 176.4KHz PCM data for A200 to play in real time and achieve the same effect as DSD decoder without the use of an external DAC.
As a high-fidelity audio playback platform, A200 is not limited to the current functionality. With the firmware constantly enhanced, the follow-up upgrades will include direct CD playback, precise CD ripping playback, even webcasts and much more. This is also the true direction for high-fidelity digital streaming player, an integration of love, home, convenience, simplicity, powerfulness and practicality.
1 Supported formats (Firmware V2.3.9)
1)Remote control mode
The following formats only support stereo music between 16 and 32bit (integer only for 32bit)
FLAC: 32kHz ~ 192kHz, all compression level
APE: 32KHz ~ 48KHz, compression level below Extra High
WAV: 32KHz ~ 192KHz
AAC: 44.1KHz, normal compression level
MP3: 44.1KHz, normal compression level
AIFF: 44.1KHz, normal compression level
DSD (DSD64, non-DST compression)
DSF, DFF, SACD ISO
2)DLNA/UPnP (through phones, tablet, PC, local push)
Firmware V2.4.X will support more comprehensive PCM, DSD types of music formats besides the formats supported by remote control.
2 Supported languages
Three system languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English
Fourteen display languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Russian, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Arabic, Greek
3 Input interface description
SD*1: Support class2, class4, class10 and other common SD cards. Theoretical maximal 2TB, measured 128GB. Support FAT32 and NTFS formats.
USB*2(500mA*2): Support USB1.0, USB1.1, USB2.0, compatible with USB3.0. Support maximal 3TB hard disk, maximal 2TB for each partition.
Network: 100Mbps full duplex. Support NAS (Samba), UPnP / DLNA.
Power: 230V or 115V (see specific chassis identification), 50 ~ 60HZ.
4 Output interface description
1) Digital output
RCA coaxial: 0.5V p-p. Support 16~25bit, 44.1KHz~192KHz PCM output. Support DSD64 DOP output.
Fiber output: Support 16 ~ 24bit, 44.1KHz ~ 96KHz PCM output.
2) Analog Output
RCA * 2: 3V RMS with volume control
XLR * 2: 3V RMS no volume control
One 6.35mm headphone Block: With volume control, support for driving 32 to 600 ohms headphones, especially better for 32 to 300 ohms headphones.
1) DAC（XLR 24bit/48KHz）
Dynamic ratio: > 110db
Separation degree: > 110db
Distortion: <= 0.001%
2) Clock phase noise (22.5792MHZ, 24.576MHZ)
10Hz <-105dbc/Hz (measured -110dbc/Hz)
1KHz <-145dbc/Hz (measured -152dbc/Hz)
100KHz <-155dbc/Hz (measured -157dbc/Hz)
Power consumption: <15W (without the USB hard disk), standby <= 5W (excluding USB hard disk)
Machine size: 240 * 103 * 305mm (W * H * D)
Weight (with packaging): ~ 6kg
A Soundware A200
Remote control * 1
Network cable * 1
SD * 1 (16GB)
Power cord * 1 (Chinese GB)
Manual * 1
Warranty card * 1
1 Can you briefly introduce the advantages of SOUNDAWARE products relative to international peer products?
1) Architecture. SOUNDAWARE's architecture is currently the internationally recognized leading one, and has a national patent. CPU works as an interface and the internal FPGA is able to play its role fully for audio processing; the powers of CPU and FPGA are completely separated. Since the native crystal is better than any PLL, we adopt double crystal design so as to support two different sampling-rate data, which make digital output to be a distinct advantage.
2) Power handling. Thanks to the prolonged research on power system and the recent year's huge investment on power timbre, SOUNDAWARE has the ability to provide distinct timbre for a same replay system.
3) SOUNDAWARE's architecture requires a lot of original work and is significantly different from that of conventional CPU. SOUNDAWARE is specialized in the development of embedded system and FPGA. From the simple firmware 1029 released in 2012 to the current most powerful firmware relative to others, all prove SOUNDAWARE's powerful strength on firmware development. The latest firmware, which is being used by nearly 200 users, supports for DLNA/UPnP, and ISO/DSF/DFF/CUE control & playback.
4) All SOUNDAWARE's products are independently developed, and the key playback architecture, its details are all patented. We also provide chip and module OEM, ODM for other peers, which makes us take the top position in the industry chain.
2 What is A200's positioning and who should be its target users?
A200 is suitable for those who require high-quality sound, have some hearing experiences, but also need simplicity, powerfulness and practicality. Because A200's playback effect in the condition of advanced speaker cannot surpass the effect of D100 PRO Deluxe plus advanced DAC, we recommend the users of D100 PRO Basic to upgrade to D100 PRO Deluxe. A200S is mainly customized for experienced enthusiasts who have a very high demand on timber and sound quality.
3 Are there some things to note about A200?
Because A200 is still very sensitive to power as an all-in-one machine, we recommend spend some on power and shock absorber, and these improvements on sound quality are significant. In addition, we recommend shut A200 down every day, rather than not shut it down for a long time and make it stay in standby.
4 Supplement description on A200 panel color.
A200's panel's color is mainly gray with a bit of silver in the dark light. However the final panel effect relies entirely on the light in the environment. If in the strong while light, it looks like slight gray silver; if in the dark light, the color is mainly gray; if in the warm light or the furniture nearby is antique, it looks like slight purple gray, which is an indescribable calm and is a tone rich of flavor. The pictures shown on this web were photographed in the studio, so the light was strong and the panel's color appears with more silver.