Tobian DAC T8

159.900 kr

When Bits & Bytes disappear behind triode magic…

When developing the DAC T8, no component and no casing detail was left to chance. Tube output is using Western Electric jW2c51 triode tube, while rectifying is performed by legendary NOS tubes U52 or 5u4g.

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T8 – Digital Analog Converter Dac

When Bits & Bytes disappear behind triode magic…

When developing the DAC T8, no component and no casing detail was left to chance. Tube output is using Western Electric jW2c51 triode tube, while rectifying is performed by legendary NOS tubes U52 or 5u4g.

Heart of the T8 represents AD1865 chip which is used in non-oversampling mode with no jitter reduction and re-clocking. As in our top of the line model T8, we used NOS board of the highest quality i.e original Phenolic Pertinax from 1960ies in order to achieve best possible sound results. Signal paths are extremely short, while we are using special internal wiring made of 99.99% pure Silver wire twisted and Teflon isolated. As in all our musical instruments, meticulous care has been given in development of power supply and in T8 we use extremely potent E-Core power transformer with in house made special paper in oil capacitors.

Connection flexibility is achieved via asynchronous USB input, two coaxial S/PDIF inputs while signal output is possible via single end or balanced outputs.

What is the outcome of our efforts? Already after a couple of minutes you will become aware that you are listening to music as you would listen to an analog master tape! Bits and bytes are quickly forgotten, the only thing that counts is the breathtakingly airy, completely detached, room-filling, dynamically unrestrained and physically palpable, deep music experience.

All of the above stands for “Cost and time no object” approach, that is one of a kind, and encountering T8 will change your perception about «digital» playback.

You have my word on it: once you encountered the DAC T8 nothing is the way it used to be!

Technical Specifications

  • AD1865 chip r2r / Non – Oversampling

  • Inputs 1 x Asynchronous USB (DSD Audio) 2 x Spdif, 16, 24- and 32-bit resolution
    Sampling frequencies: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz and 384kHz

  • output: Western Electric jW2c51 Triode

  • Tube Rectifier U52 / 5u4g

  • Power supply: 115V / 230V / 240V

  • output: Cinch / XLR

  • dimensions: 440 x 130 x 380 mm (W x H x D)

  • weight: 22,8 kg

  • Handmade in Hergiswil (Lake Lucerne) Switzerland

  • 5 year guarantee (without tubes)


Since my boyhood days I have dreamt of making the best sounding components because I could not find them on the market. With 25 years’ of expertise, I have managed to make my dreams come true. And so can you.

I live and work in Central Switzerland next to beautiful Lake Lucerne, surrounded by mountains. Empowered by my wonderful family, I work with a team of unique experts to make those audio dreams come true. I take a lot of time to develop and manufacture high efficiency coaxial speakers, tube amps and DACs. Deeply rooted in audio history, I am also fully aware of today’s manufacturing advantages and apply them whenever they will be useful. Please take your time to experience my components and I can promise you, it will only take moments before you realize that you are listening to something special, something musical: a gateway to the music. Let me introduce you to some secrets behind the making of these products.



We at Tobian Sound Systems believe that the beauty of our audio products lies in the hands of the makers. I may be the originator and driving force, but the products have more than one father.

My amplifiers for example benefit from the unique expertise of the man who is responsible for my transformers. His 50 years’ of experience from the heydays of tube amps until today, cannot be matched elsewhere. A while ago we had the chance to integrate another veteran transformer specialist into the team. This man started with Peerless in the 1960s and his hands know exactly what to do. Thus we are fortunate to be able to blend Swiss and German knowledge and precision with American engineering. This is not written in the books, it is written in the hands and hearts of the experts, because they live this trade and keep their secrets to themselves. However, in the end all is revealed in my products and the beautiful music they produce. They say the heart of a tube amp is in the output transformer. But what kind of output transformer?

Our wire is very slowly dragged and carefully isolated with natural resin and then baked. The next step is the alignment of the wire on the core. The core of the transformer is made of a special, grain oriented steel, that only one company in the world makes – in Switzerland. Each layer of oval-section wire is then hammered into one homogenous surface. It is along the outside of this augmented surface that the signal will travel. Each layer is then isolated with mu-metal shielding before the next layer goes on. After a transformer is finished, it is submerged in natural resin, and baked. Every step of the process, the materials, the execution, the duration of each phase, the precision that only comes from experience, turns these transformers into something you cannot just buy. You have to be dedicated to have them made like this. It’s as if they are dreamt into reality. Put your hand on one of those transformers while the amp is on – are you sure it’s really on? You cannot tell. Like driving a Bentley: only when you look at the dashboard do you realize how fast you are really going.