The StyleAudio Carat HD1V USB DAC does not actually require an external power supply in order to operate (it can be powered via the USB cable) but if you use the Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) supplied with it be warned that you should ALWAYS switch your computer off whenever you connect or disconnect this adaptor as well as the power point into which you plug the adaptor. You also need to switch off ALL hi-fi components that are connected to the Carat HD1V whenever you’re switching the SMPS on or off.

Thank you for searching out Australian HI-FI Magazine’s equipment review and laboratory test of the StyleAudio Carat HD1V TXCO USB DAC originally published in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, November/December 2008 (Volume 39 Number 6). This equipment review consists of a full subjective evaluation of the StyleAudio Carat HD1V USB DAC written by Douglas Hughes, plus a complete laboratory test report, including frequency response and distortion graphs conducted by Newport Test Labs, plus an exhaustive analysis of the test results written by Steve Holding. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages. You can download it here: StyleAudio Carat HD1V TCXO USB DAC Test Review.pdf

Brand: StyleAudio
Model: Carat HD1V TCXO
Category: USB DAC
RRP: $299
Distributor: Sound Reference Pty Ltd