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HIFIMAN GOLDENWAVE Serenade DAC and Headphone Amplifier

GOLDENWAVE Serenade is HIFIMAN's newest desktop DAC/Amp. Featuring a Hymalaya Pro R2R DAC and Class A headphone amplifier circuit, Serenade brings detailed sound to the music sourced by one of the many digital inputs.

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Equivalent to two PCM1704K balanced connections - Hymalaya Pro R2R DAC, with the added support of a new FPGA algorithm and 0.01% precision resistors, add up to performance that surpasses the PCM1704 in every way, reaching a THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rate of -6dB 0.0012%.

Legendary Foundation

Serenade uses the legendary FET operational amplifier, with a discrete component LPF analog circuit that translates into detailed sound with high-precision, low-noise test indicators. The bold design of the whole signal path eliminates coupling capacitors, removing nonlinear distortion caused by electrolytic capacitors, leaving only pure, full range sonic output.

Class A Headphone Amplifier Circuit

The SERENADE amp circuit is based on a Class A design, supplemented by a precisely matched, fully discrete transistor amplifier circuit, so that the amp circuit inherits the noble tone of the Prelude Amp, for less than $3,000.

Transformer is the foundation of full-range sound

The 50W toroidal transformer is comprised of high-quality full-band iron core, combined with a large pond filter capacitor of nearly 30,000 microfarads and a multi-stage, multi-channel, low-noise, high-speed voltage regulator circuit, providing a pure and fast power supply for the SERENADE.

Many Options for Enjoyment

-Bridge to play files stored on a local NAS drive.
-Traditional DAC & Headphone Amplifier Mode


Frequency Response
20-20kHZ, +/- 0.1dB @ 1KHz

Signal to Noise Ratio
110dB, 0dBFS @ 1KHz

0.0015%, -3dBFS @ 1KHz

Specs (cont)

Power Output
Balanced Output: 4000mW @ 32 ohms, 760mW @ 300 ohms / Single-Ended Output: 2800mW @32 ohms, 510mW @ 300 ohms

DAC Output Level
4.5V/XLR, 2.2V/RCA, 0dBFS @ 1KHz

Dimensions (LxHxW) / Weight
330x50x255mm, protrusions not included / 2.9kg




HIFIMAN is a world leader in planar magnetic and electrostatic headphones. They have a knack for hitting the sweet spot in crystal clear sound and value with headphones like the Sundara and Arya.