Ferrum Audio WANDLA Fully-Balanced DAC / Preamp

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With WANDLA, Ferrum Audio are making a statement to the current and next generation of music lovers.

WANDLA represents tomorrow’s standard of high end digital-to-analog conversion. Think of WANDLA like a Formula 1 racing car. Like the F1 constructor’s team building the best racing car, Ferrum created the best engine for The Converter.

WANDLA is the latest exemplar of Ferrum’s digital know-how, in-house-developed analogue audio, and electrical technology. The ESS Sabre ES9038PRO combined with Ferrum’s advanced new current-to-voltage (I/V) converter compares to units many times its price.

Featuring specially-programmed USB, and tuned coaxial and optical S/PDIF, ARC (TV) and I2S ports, optimized for audio. The signal path stays truly balanced using the XLR inputs and becomes truly balanced using the RCA inputs. The newly-developed hi-res touch screen with intuitive UX that is a dream to operate, including remote control.

WANDLA has three ESS digital filters to choose as standard and, as a world first, two digital filters created for Ferrum by renowned filter-maker Signalyst, know for their HQPlayer app. More filters will follow after interacting with WANDLA users.

Unique output cable design: two wires delivering the power and two wires providing the feedback to ensure flat voltage at every moment. We named this technique Ferrum Power Link (FPL) and it eliminates the harmful effects of the cable's resistance effectively improving transient response. The current delivery speed at the powered device's input is significantly improved.

WANDLA comes with a carefully selected DC power adapter. To get the most out of WANDLA you can connect it with HYPSOS using the proprietary Ferrum Power Link DC power cable. This FPL cable can be ordered separately.


  • Fully balanced DAC / PREAMP.
  • Proprietary fully balanced modified IC pre-amplifier, fine tuned for WANDLA.
  • Specially programmed USB, tuned coaxial and optical S/PDIF, ARC and I2S ports, optimized for audio.
  • Proprietary optimized ARM chip offers the shortest signal path possible, making 5 chips redundant.
  • Includes MQA decoder/renderer and digital filter selection.
  • Proprietary Signalyst filters (two included at launch).
  • Proprietary 4-pin Ferrum connector (for HYPSOS).
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line outputs.
  • Digital and Analogue volume control.
  • EES Sabre ES9038PRO with three filter settings.
  • Remote control included.


  • Operation: Fully balanced, proprietary IC power amp
  • DAC Chip: ESS Sabre ES9038PRO
  • DAC Resolution: 768 kHz / 32-bit, DSD 256
  • Digital Inputs:
    • AES/EBU (up to PCM 192 kHz / 24-bit, DoP 64)
    • Optical S/PDIF (up to PCM 96 kHz / 24-bit guaranteed; should work up to PCM 192 kHz / 24-bit and DoP 64, depends on user’s optical cable and transmitter)
    • Coaxial S/PDIF (up to PCM 192 kHz/24-bit, DoP 64)
    • USB (up to PCM 768 kHz/32 bit, DSD 256, DoP 256)
    • ARC (up to PCM 192 kHz/24-bit), TV input with CEC
    • I2S (up to PCM 768 kHz/32-bit, DSD 256, DoP 256), PS Audio compatible
  • MQA: Decoder + Renderer (on all digital inputs)
  • Analog Inputs: RCA
  • Analog Input VMAX: 9.5 V RMS (2–3, 5 V RMS recommended)
  • Analogue Input Imp: 47 kΩ
  • Line Outputs: Balanced XLR, Unbalanced RCA
  • Volume Control: Analogue with bypass option / digital for DAC operation only
  • Output Level: 0 dBFS, 1 kHz sine 9.3 V RMS balanced, 4.65 V RMS unbalanced
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 200 kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • DAC THD: -121 dB (0,00009%); THD+N: -115 dB (unweighted)
  • Analog Input THD: -123 dB @ 2 V RMS output level
  • Dyn. Range Analog: 127 dB (A-weighted)
  • Dyn. Range Digital: 127 dB (A-weighted)
  • Crosstalk: -120 dB for 1 kHz, better than -100 dB for 20 Hz -20 kHz
  • Output Impedance: 22 Ω unbalanced
  • Output Impedance: 44 Ω balanced
  • Power Consumption: 10 W idle / 15 W max
  • Power Inputs: 5.5 / 2.5 mm DC connector centre positive, proprietary FPL 4-pin DC connector (FPL), 22-30 VDC
  • Power Adapter: 100-240 VAC to 24 VDC
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 21.7 x 20.6 x 5 cm
  • Weight: 1.8 kg


  • 1 x WANDLA.
  • 1 x Remote Control.
  • 1 x Documentation.

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