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JDSLabs The Element 3JDSLabs The Element. Headphones amplifier and USB DAC
JDSLabs The Element. Headphones amplifier and USB DAC
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JDSLabs The Element

JDS The Element


JDSLabs The Element. Headphones amplifier and USB DAC. This sweet-sounding, made-in-the-US, digital converter/headphone amp is a winner, says the Audiophiliac.The JDS Labs Element’s big draw is big power, which comes in handy if you have a set of power-hungry planar-magnetic headphones. Then again, a headphone amp that can put out more than 1 watt can work its magic on any full-size headphone.

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JDSLabs designed The Element to enjoy your headphones without compromise. Its amplifier renders shocking power, driven by an ultra clean DAC, all housed in a precision machined chassis with a comfortable knob. The Element beautifully drives headphones of all technologies and sizes. It features automatic DAC Line Output.

Smart Logic
Microprocessor controlled relays completely eliminate turn on/off pops and thumps produced by lesser amps.


Ultra High Power
With 30V rails and peak output in excess of 1.5W, The Element drives all headphones on the market to extraordinary levels, from balanced armatures to planar magnetics.


Reference Grade Sound
The Element exceeds TPD criteria, outmatching our baseline for audible perfection.


Low Output Impedance
The Element’s extremely low output impedance ensures transparent frequency response for all headphone loads.


Dual Gain
Low gain of 1.0x is well suited to driving efficient IEMs, while High gain easily powers demanding full size sets.


Low Noise
Wide DAC dynamic range and low noise minimize hiss, and allow harmless use of software volume controls.


Amplifier Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz+/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N 1kHz, 150 Ω0.0009%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20kHz 150 Ω0.0004%
  • IMD SMPTE 150 Ω0.0005%
  • Noise, A-Weighted-108 dBu
  • Crosstalk @ 150 Ω-67 dB
  • Output Impedance0.1 Ω
  • Channel Balance+/- 0.56 dB
  • Max Continuous Output, 600Ω140 mW (9.4VRMS)
  • Max Continuous Output, 150Ω505 mW
  • Max Continuous Output, 32Ω1.1 W
  • Peak Output Power, 32Ω1.5W


DAC Performance

  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz+/- 0.15dB
  • THD+N 100 Hz -0.15 dBFS 0.0023%
  • THD+N 20 Hz -0.15 dBFS0.0016%
  • THD+N 10 kHz -0.15 dBFS0.0019%
  • IMD CCIF 19/20 kHz -6.03 dBFS0.0011%
  • IMD SMPTE -6.03 dBFS 0.0012%
  • Noise A-Weighted dBu 24/96-102 dBu
  • Dynamic Range (A-Weighted)>112 dB
  • Linearity Error -90 dBFS 24/96-0.02 dB
  • Crosstalk -10 dBFS 100K RCA-100 dB
  • USB Jitter Components 11025Hz-113 dB
  • Maximum DAC Line-Output, 100K2.10 VRMS


Data Support

  • Interface: USB, Audio Class 1
  • Native OS Support: Windows XP/7/8/10, OS X, Linux
  • Audio Formats: 16/44, 16/48, 16/88.2, 16/96,24/44, 24/48, 24/96



  • Headphone Output: 6.35mm (1/4″)
  • Analog Input: Optional RCA*
  • DAC Line-Output: Optional RCA*
  • Digital Input: USB



  • Dual Gain: 1.0x and 4.7x
  • Thin Film Resistors: 0.1% Tolerance
  • Volume Potentiometer: TaperAlps 15A



  • 16VAC Power Adapter
  • USB Type-A Cable

Additional information

Weight 1 kg


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