There are many poignant examples of the exceptional design and engineering that has made the Philips DA1541A the “golden era” chipset for compact disk, such as its use in the legendary Marantz CD-12/DA-12 CD Replay system which is still used as personal reference by noted reviewer Ken Kessler.
The Philips TDA1541A uses external digital and analogue filters, allowing the designer the freedom to choose the optimum solution for digital and analogue filtering. This is in direct contrast to subsequent and even the latest generation of DAC chipsets, where the digital and analogue filters are located inside the chipset where it cannot be changed or improved.
In addition, onboard circuits will normally make heavy comprises due to the size constraints of the silicon die and inevitably generate higher noise and jitter levels due to the close proximity of the internal circuits.
Furthermore, the Philips TDA1541A’s unique dynamic element matching offers exceptional performance and together with the fact that many of its parts are external to the chip or accessible externally, enable the competent designer to maximise each and every facet of this DAC’s truly exceptional performance.