Teac UD-505 – SoundHub

Teac UD-505

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Dual monaural USB DAC/headphone amplifier supporting DSD512 and PCM32/768

The UD-505 is a flagship dual monaural USB DAC with an integrated fully-balanced headphone amplifier, that fuses high-end audio design concepts and TEAC’s decades of audio design experience, in an A4-sized footprint.

Like its predecessor models, the UD-501 and UD-503, it employs a dual monaural circuit design to process audio signals with even greater purity, with the latest VERITA AK4497 DAC chip used on each of the two channels. This improves the S/N (signal to noise) ratio by processing each channel individually in monaural mode, as well as delivering DSD512 (22.5MHz) native and 768kHz/32-bit PCM playback capabilities.

The Analog section, which is one of the keys to sound quality, includes four TEAC-HCLD buffer amp circuits process different drive modes, - fully-balanced drive for balanced output, and parallel drive mode for unbalance output, - to achieve enhanced acoustic expressive.

The headphone section is remarkable. A totally new 4.4mm headphone jack, called Pentaconn, is employed, allowing balanced and active ground connections within a single jack, while conventional 1/4" phone jacks are also provided.

In addition to a wide range of digital and Analog inputs, a Bluetooth® receiver supporting LDAC™ and Qualcomm® aptX HD™ allows you to enjoy high-quality wireless audio streaming from your smartphone on this flagship USB DAC.

The UD-505 is a compact and high-spec USB DAC and headphone amplifier that supports today’s high sampling rate Hi-Res formats.

Features at a glance

  • Hi-Res audio playback supporting DSD512 (22.6MHz) and PCM 768kHz/32-bit PCM
  • Dual monaural circuit design with a high-end AKM VERITA AK4497 DAC on each left and right channel
  • 5 types of PCM digital filters and 2 types of DSD digital filters
  • Up-conversion up to 24.5MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM
  • Dual on-board clocks for 44.1kHz and 48kHz frequencies, and 10MHz external clock input
  • Bluetooth® receiver supporting LDAC™ and Qualcomm® aptX™ HD
  • TEAC-HCLD output buffer circuit and TEAC-QVCS volume control for high quality sound
  • Dual toroidal-core power transformers
  • Digital Isolator for separated digital and Analog sections
  • 4.4mm 5-polar Pentaconn jack and dual 1/4” TRS jacks for balanced and active-ground drives * ”Pentaconn” is a registered trademark of NIPPON DICS Co., Ltd., complies with the RC-8141C JEITA standard
  • TEAC’s patent-registered pin-point feet in three positions for the perfect installation * Japan patent No. 4075477 and No. 3778108
  • Bulk Pet USB transferring technology with four transfer modes for various sound characters * ”Bulk Pet” is a registered trademark of Interface Corporation.
  • USB audio port for Hi-Res audio input from Windows/Mac
  • Coaxial and optical digital inputs on both front and back
  • Convenient Analog LINE input to use the UD-505 as a pre-amplifier
  • Analog outputs with balanced XLR and conventional unbalanced RCA outputs
  • High-contrast full-graphic organic EL display with dimmer
  • Full-metal body with an A4-sized footprint
  • Free TEAC HR Audio Player for DSD512 and PCM32/768 playback

Spec description

Supported formats  
USB input  
PCM 16/24/32 bit
44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k/352.8k/384k/705.6k/768k Hz
DSD 2.8M/5.6M/11.2M/22.5M Hz
Coaxial digital input  
PCM 16/24 bit
32k/44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz
DSD 2.8MHz(supported with 176.4kHz/24-bit DoP format)
Optical digital input  
PCM 16/24 bit
32k/44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192k Hz
DSD 2.8MHz(supported with 176.4kHz/24-bit DoP format)
DAC section  
USB DAC Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK4497×2
Up-conversion up to 384kHz/32-bit PCM, 22.5MHz DSD
Digital filters  
PCM filters Sharp Roll Off, Slow Roll Off, Short Delay Sharp, Short Delay Slow, Low Dispersion, off
DSD cutoff frequencies Narrow : 39kHz (at 2.8M), 78kHz (at 5.6M), 156kHz (at 11.2M) or 312kHz (at 22.5M)
Wide : 76kHz (at 2.8M), 152kHz (at 5.6M), 304kHz (at 11.2M) or 608kHz (at 22.5M)
Audio inputs  
USB USB B port, USB 2.0, asynchronous mode transfer, bulk transfer
Compatible Software TEAC HR Audio Player (Windows, Macintosh)
COAXIAL digital (rear) RCA pin×1 (gold-plated)
Input level 0.5Vp-p
Input impedance 75Ω
Optical digital (rear) TOS-link×1
Input level -24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
Coaxial digital (front) 1/8” (3.5mm) mini*×1 (combined with optical digital input, detected automatically)
Input level 0.5Vp-p
Input impedance 75Ω
* 1/8” Mini - RCA conversion cable included.
Optical digital (front) 1/8” Mini Optical*×1 (combined with coaxial digital input, detected automatically)
Input level -24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
Analog (rear) RCA pin×1 pair (gold-plated)
Input impedance 24kΩ
Input sensitivity 130mV
Bluetooth®  
Bluetooth® version 4.0
Output class Class2 (Range: approx. 33ft/10m)
Supported profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Content protection SCMS-T
Supported codec LDAC™, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD, aptX™, AAC, SBC
No. of paired device maximum 8 devices
Audio outputs  
XLR balanced XLR×1 pair (gold-plated)
Output level Fixed (0dB), fixed (+6dB), variable, output off (selectable)
Maximum output leve 2.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to fixed (0dB))
4.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to fixed (+6dB))
12.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to variable)
Output impedance 188Ω
RCA unbalanced RCA pin×1 pair (gold-plated)
Output level Fixed (0dB), fixed (+6dB), variable, output off (selectable)
Maximum output leve 2.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to fixed (0dB))
4.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to fixed (+6dB))
6.0Vrms (1kHz, full scale, into 10kΩ, when set to variable)
Output impedance 150Ω
Headphone outputs  
Connector 1 1/4” (6.3mm) TRS stereo jacks×2 (gold-plated)
Polarity (balanced) Tip: HOT, Ring: COLD, Sleeve: NC (GND)
Polarity (unbalanced) Tip: L, Ring: R, Sleeve: GND
Connector 2 4.4mm 5-pole Pentaconn×1 (gold-plated)
Polarity (balanced) Tip: L+, Ring1: L-, Ring2: R+, Ring3: R-, Sleeve: GND
Maximum output  
Balanced 700mW + 700mW (into 32Ω)
Unbalanced 500mW + 500mW (into 32Ω×1)
350mW + 350mW(into 32Ω×2)
Active ground 500mW + 500mW (into 32Ω)
Supported impedances 16 to 600Ω
Clock section  
Internal clock  
Type Crystal oscillator
Number of clocks 2 (44.1kHz and 48kHz)
External clock input  
Connector BNC (gold-plated)
Input frequency 10MHz
Input impedance 50Ω
Input level Rectangle wave: equivalent to TTL levels
Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms
Audio performance  
Frequency Response 10 to 80,000 Hz (+1/-3 dB, 192kHz PCM input, RCA output, digital filter off)
Total harmonic distortion 0.002% or less (192kHz PCM input, RCA output, digital filter off)
S/N ratio 110dB or higher (192kHz PCM input, RCA output, digital filter off)
Power supply  
US/Canada AC 120V 60Hz
UK/Europe AC 220 to 240V 50Hz
Power consumption 18W (0.4W in standby)
dimensions (including protrusions) 290(W)×84.5(H)×248.7(D) mm / 11.4”(W)×3.3”(H)×9.8”(D)
Weight 4.2kg / 9.3lbs
Included accessories Power cord, RCA mini plug adapter cable, remote control(RC-1330), 2 AAA batteries for remote control, 3 feet cushions, Owner's Manual(with warranty)