CanEVER AUDIO® hand crafted audio gears - Made in Italy
Home » PRODUCTS 2022

PRODUCTS 2022

STEREOPHILE: "The ZeroUno enters in the family of the "recommended products"

While digital processors with tubed output sections aren't new, the Italian CanEver Audio ZeroUno breaks with convention by looking less like a DAC than a 2A3-fueled power amp, its two Coke-bottle–style CV181 dual-triode tubes enjoying pride of place atop a distinctly attractive case. Under its skin is an ESS Sabre32 ES9018S chip, its eight internal differential DACs used in a quad-sum configuration.

Supplementing the ESS chip are multiple PCM and DSD filters of CanEver's own design, selectable via a menu system that also provides a switchable jitter filter, signal-polarity inversion, channel balance, and other niceties.

The ZeroUno supports PCM to 384kHz and DSD64 and 128 as DoP; newer versions of the CanEver DAC are said to provide MQA compatibility, though that was not available at the time of our review.

Art Dudley noted shortcomings in the ZeroUno's manual, especially when it came to navigating its software menu—we're told that this, too, has been refined in current production—but forgot those complaints after noting that the Italian DAC made his favorite files sound more colorful and "less hi-fi" than what he's used to hearing from digital playback.

Art's conclusion:

“…….I’ve heard no other digital product that succeeds quite so well as the ZeroUno at letting music sound like music. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!”

read the whole review on the Stereophile Web Site https://www.stereophile.com/content/recommended-components-fall-2017-edition-digital-processors  


 

Sonically the HPA continued its victory lap with flying colors rich and fleshy. Dynamics continued trigger happy. That caused more emphasis difference across melodic arcs, between rhythmic beats. In my book, these two qualities—higher dynamic contrast, more finely hued tone colors—are a must if one enjoys listening at lower levels. It's then that things naturally tend to flatten out and get paler. The keener a system is at keeping its finger on the 'dying pulse' of low-level dynamic flickers, the more it grips our interest. The longer it can maintain color density, the less we suffer the effects of intruding whitishness as though winter were coming Particularly with headfi, long-term exposure to high SPL is fatiguing and dangerous. Listening lower will lengthen both our short- and long-term enjoyment of the hobby. Here Mario's weighting of the necessary qualities to make it so felt most apt. 

... For the very fair price asked, CanEver's Italian-built DAC/pre with transformer-coupled 'chip-direct' outputs plus amplified quad-transistor class A outputs with remote volume control plus high-output headphone sockets wins our award which accounts equally for fine build quality and lovely finishing. Informed by his love of old-school valve circuits with signal-path magnetics and big-iron power supplies, Mario CanEver's ZeroUno HPA contains no glowing filaments yet still manages to evoke refined core traits of such sonics for all the gain without any of the pain. If that's not a win/win, I don't know what is. 

Read the whole review on 6moons Srajan Ebaen - https://6moons.com/audioreview_articles/canever/ 


 

 

ZeroUno Pure-DAC

ZeroUno Pure-DAC - CanEVER AUDIO®

Pure Digital Audio Converter

Digital inputs: 4 in any combination between RCA, XLR or BNC, USB, OPTIC, i2S HDMI, i2S RJ45.

Digital 32bits volume control.

Tube output stage based on CV181MKII.

ES9018 with Transformers output.

No global feedback.

5Vpp output swing.

In brief : the ZeroUno DAC without the tube stage.

 

Review on 6moons by Srajan Ebaen 

 Srajan Ebaen conclusion:

 "I can list the sonic differences centered on greater warmth without humidity. I can describe how that voicing's byproduct of robustness, saturation and tonal materialism softened focus and the apartheid of densely packed detail. I can easily admit how in my not yet 100% downstairs room, the CanEver was more persuasive. I just can't decisively say how its mix of various quantities and qualities caused that desirable effect. For my new listening room, I'm still chasing the magic button whose press will do the trick. If I were lazier, I'd just buy the PureDAC to get closer. As is, I'll keep buggering on. Learning something new is half the fun after all. What I learnt about Mario CanEver's entry-level DAC without tubes you already know. It's really quite the peach. Over and out then."


 

ZeroUno SSD

ZeroUno SSD - CanEVER AUDIO®

Line preamplifier with integrated a Digital Audio Converter

... the ZeroUno HPA without headphone sockets, with 2 analog inputs added

Digital inputs: 4 in any combination between RCA, XLR or BNC, USB, OPTIC, i2S HDMI, i2S RJ45.

2 analog inputs, optionally attenuated by 3: transformers (RIAA input)

Digital 32bits volume control for the digital inputs and analog volume control for the analog inputs.

Ultra Linear Solid State output stage without capacitors on the signal line.

ES9018 with Transformers output.

No global feedback.

7.5Vpp output swing


 

ZeroUno DAC SE

ZeroUno DAC SE - CanEVER AUDIO®

 

Digital Audio Converter

Digital inputs: 4 in any combination between RCA, XLR or BNC, USB, OPTIC, i2S HDMI, i2S RJ45.

Digital 32bits volume control.

Tube output stage based on CV181MKII.

SABRE 32 chip with Transformers output.

No global feedback.

5Vpp output swing,

 

Review on Positive Feedback by Roland Dietl.

Review on  Stereophile by Art Dudley.

Review on  Fidelity by Helmut Hack.

Review on AudioRevue.

 


 

ZeroUno HPA

ZeroUno HPA - CanEVER AUDIO®

Digital Audio Converter - Preamplifier - Headphone amplifier

All in One, all together: 

  • a Digital to Audio Converter,
  • a Digital Preamplifier and
  • a Headphone amplifier.

 

 Digital inputs: 4 in any combination between RCA, XLR or BNC, USB, OPTIC, i2S HDMI, i2S RJ45.

2 headphone sockets, balanced and unbalanced. 30 to 600W.

Digital 32bits volume control.

Ultra Linear Solid State output stage without capacitors on the signal line.

ES9018 with Transformers output.

No global feedback.

±15Vpp output swing

 

Review on 6moons and BLUE MOON Award by Srajan Ebaen

Review by Steven Guttemberg on YouTube

 

Herb Reichert is here: "also this year CanEVER Audio to gain the attention of the international trade press with its products. After Art Dudley last year, another world-renowned journalist visited us with Herb Reichert for an informative conversation. Read a short report on Herb Reichert's DAC / Headphone Amplifier, which we recently introduced at the High End 2019, on the website of INNER FIDELITY, the offshoot of STEREOPHILE in the USA, which focuses on headphones and headphone amplifiers".


 

 

i2S interface

i2S interface - CanEVER AUDIO®

The i2S interconnection between sources and DAC became popular in the last year mainly because it transports the signal at their original nature and not assembled together so to be transported in an asynchronous connection.

To do not lose the possibility to interface almost any device present on the market, a universal i2S interface is available for the whole ZeroUno family. Any ZeroUno unit can guest the i2S input, of any nature, at the price to loose one of the standard digital inputs, cinch or AES/EBU or Optic or USB.

 

1) the standard ZeroUno Pure-DAC

    SPDIF RCA, AES/EBU3, USB, OPTIC

 

2) the ZeroUno Pure-DAC with the i2S input

    SPDIF RCA, i2S HDMI, USB, OPTIC

 

3) the ZeroUno Pure-DAC with the i2S input (optional configuration)

    i2S RJ45, i2S HDMI, USB, OPTIC

 

4) the ZeroUno Pure-DAC with the i2S capability (special configuration)

    i2S RJ45, i2S HDMI, SPDIF RCA, AES/EBU3, USB, OPTIC

 


 

ZeroUno PLUS

ZeroUno PLUS - CanEVER AUDIO®

Line preamplifier with integrated a Digital Audio Converter

Digital inputs: 4 in any combination between RCA, XLR or BNC, USB, OPTIC, i2S HDMI, i2S RJ45.

2 analog inputs, optionally attenuated by 3: transformers (RIAA input)

Analog volume control.

Tube output stage based on CV181MKII.

ES9018 with Transformers output.

No global feedback.

5Vpp output swing,

 

Review on Fidelity Magazine, by Stefan Gawlick:

"The CanEVER ZeroUno plus combines a really grandiose DAC with an analog preamplifier that goes far beyond its price range" 


 

 

 

LaScala & Olimpico PURE CLASS A Power Amplifiers

 

The CanEver Audio OLIMPICO Power Amp is a homage to the famous Teatro Olimpico, located in Vicenza, designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, a pearl for design and listening experience.

The OLIMPICO Power Amp project is based on that of the LaScala Power Amp, marking the top in the CanEver Audio product line. But unlike the LaScala, which comes in two separate cabinets (power supply & amp circuit) the OLIMPICO comes in one single box.

While the LaSacla is able to deliver a maximum output power of 120W per channel in pure Class A, the OLIMPICO has been tailored to deliver 50W pure Class A “only”.

As many audiophile experience over time, the sound quality of an amp does not correlate with its output power. Sometimes the sound of a “small” amp combined with matching speakers is surprisingly good. Listening to some well designed SET amps or those based on the First Watt projects of Nelson Pass may be an example.

The CanEVER Audio OLIMPICO Power Amp is positioned right between those “flea powered” amps demanding really high efficient speakers to sound good and those mostly oversized amps delivering several hundreds of watts.

Delivering solid 50 Wrms in pure Class A, the CanEver Audio OLIMPICO Power Amp can drive any seriously designed speaker to its top level of performance.

The lines remain true to the original lines of its big brother - the CanEver Audio LaScala Power Amp - revisiting them with a more attractive flair. The character remains unique and unmistakable.

The OLIMPICO Power Amp was designed with the aim of creating a smart, simple and useful power amplifier to highlight the original concept of a "hybrid amplifier with as less stages as possible, no feedback loops and without any capacitor in the signal path".

The basic architecture of the OLIMPICO Power Amp, the output transformers, the interstage transformers and the tubes are the same as used inside its big brother the LaScala.

The first stage of the OLIMPICO is based on a TRIODE stage responsible for the whole voltage amplification followed by a current stage designed around only two power MOSFETs per channel. These stages are coupled by interstage transformers, so not a single capacitor touches the sound of the audio signal.

Everything is designed, inspired by the Canever Audio Leitmotif: The Natural Sound!

The two output transformers of the OLIMPICO Power Amp are specified up to a maximum power of 400 Watts. These transformers guaranty high linearity, wide bandwidth and naturally isolate the loudspeakers in case of fault.

Working at “only” 50Wrms pure Class A compared with the 400 W of reservoir power, the OLIPMPICO blends comfort with versatility and makes it perfect for relaxed everyday listening experience – but without ever compromising its technological spirit.

The CanEVER Audio OLIMPICO Power Amp is designed based on 25 years of experience. The result is an amplifier, which leaves no room for doubt about the performance it can deliver.

 


 

 

LA SCALA POWER AMPLIFIER

LA SCALA POWER AMPLIFIER - CanEVER AUDIO®

 

120W Class A hybrid amplifier with output transformers

output power of 120 W per Channel (90 Wrms – 180 Wpeak) in pure class A with very low distortion.

4 Ohm and 8 Ohm selectable impedance at the output.

NO capacitors on the signal path!.

Output current stage with buffer configuration.

NO Global Feedback!

Smart BIAS control circuit (supervised by a microprocessor)

Huge power supply with 1900 Wrms of reservoir power in dual-mono configuration.

Power supply with massive inductive filter and high current capacitors

Each stage of the La Scala is powered by its dedicated power supply

soft start at power on

Massive aluminum and stainless-steel cabinets (21Kg amplifier 39Kg power supply)

 

Review on Mono&Stereo (best amplifier of 2019) and on Positive Feedback

World Exclusive Awards 2019-2020 


 

La Scala def tech La Scala def tech [1.867 Kb]

Olimpico POWER AMPLIFIER

Olimpico POWER AMPLIFIER - CanEVER AUDIO®

90W Class A hybrid amplifier with output transformers

Output power of 90W in pure class A per channel with very low distortion

NO capacitors on the signal path!

output current stage with buffer configuration

NO Global Feedback!

 Hybrid Switching Mode Power Supply – Audio Grade

 Massive aluminum and stainless-steel cabinets (21Kg amplifier 5Kg power supply)

 

Review on 6moons

Srajan Ebaen conclusions: "Congratulations to Mario Canever for a very distinctive amplifier which halves cost of ownership over his well-reviewed LaScala but only reduces available power by an insignificant twenty watts. It seems inevitable that the smart money will focus on and vote for this newcomer. If this were a Shakespearean tale, did younger brother just stab older brother in the back? If I read the tea leaves properly, quite possibly…"


 

Try & Buy (ONLY FOR THE ITALIAN MARKET)

Try & Buy (ONLY FOR THE ITALIAN MARKET) - CanEVER AUDIO®

Buy your HiEnd Equipment without any risk.

First test the gear and buy only when you are satisfied or return back.

Contact your local distributor or directly CanEVER AUDIO for more information.