Resonessence Labs Veritas

the Veritas' skeleton is milled from a block of aluminum

I have never, in my entire life, correctly typed Resonessence. I actually dread trying because I know I should know how many s's and n's there are by now but I don't. Thank you Google. The new Resonessence Labs Veritas DAC ($2,850) sits comfortably between the company's Concero DAC ($850 see review) and Invicta ($4,995 see review). If you read those reviews, as well as Steve Plaskin's review of the Mirus DAC, you'll see that we think Resonessence (I just cut and paste once I have it down) Labs makes some fine DACs. From what I heard at RMAF, the Veritas adds another to that category.

my camera was clearly too tired to take a decent picutre

The Veritas, as do all of the Resonessence Labs DACs, does its D to A processing through an ESS Labs chip. In the Veritas' case its a single ESS 9018. Inputs consist of 2x coax S/PDIF (RCA), Toslink, AES/EBU, and asynchronous USB. Veritas can handle PCM resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128 and outputs its analog signal through RCA or XLR pairs. Volume control is handled in the digital domain and the Veritas comes in silver, limited edition champagne (pictured above...I think), and black.

The rest of this very nice, relaxed sounding system was comprised of an early prototype of Resonessence Labs' forthcoming Streamer ($TBD) and the company's amp driving the Mini Maggie System ($1,490) augmented down low with an additional Magneplanar Bass Panel ($795/ea.).