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Switch 2 controls the amount of headroom when in DSD playback mode. From
the manual: "When ON: DSD headroom
is +3.1 dB SA-CD... When OFF: DSD
headroom is 0 dB SA-CD, so excessive
DSD transients may be clipped, but the
noise floor is 3.1dB lower."
The last two switches work in tandem
to control the headphone output. These
switches help match the headphone
amp to the impedance of your headphones for the best level and sound.
There is also a setting to bypass this
impedance matching as well as enable
or disable the muting of the main
(speaker) volume when headphones
are automatically plugged in.

In use

I used CALLIA at my studio for mix
playback and checking, as well as in my
home editing suite/listening room. I used
it to play back lossless 16-bit CD audio
files as well as high-resolution PCM and
DSD downloads, all played back through
JRiver's Media Center 22 software.

CALLIA's output was run into my Focal
Trio6 Be, Amphion One18, and Emotiva
Stealth 8 monitors. On the headphone
side, I used Audio Technica ATH-R70x
open headphones, ATH-M70x closed
headphones, and my new Ultimate Ears
UE Pro Reference Remastered in-ears.
In every case, the sound was among
the most clear and detailed that I have
ever heard... putting me very much in
mind of what I heard during the Titan
and Lyra reviews! Prism works hard
to not color the sound with analog
warmth, extra crispness, or extended
bass. It is not what I would call clinical
or stark, but it is uncolored and even a
tad unflattering to some mixes.
Simply put, with CALLIA you hear the
music and only the music. If you are using it
for mixing or mastering, it can be revealing
to a fault... which frankly is as it should be.
This also means that some of your favorite
tunes will have their flaws pointed out a
touch more than you may be used to, but
really well-crafted mixes and music are
simply breathtaking through CALLIA. Music

played back through CALLIA, whether my
own mixes or albums from my reference
library in all resolutions and data formats,
resulted in quite a few "Oh, holy crap!"
moments.
There's not much else to say. My
Editor tells me of a chat he had with
representatives of Prism Sound at an
audiophile event, where they were
remarking on how the hi-fi crowd,
which was often used to paying huge
amounts for boutique converters, were
staggering away in disbelief... not just
at how good CALLIA sounded, but at
how affordable it was in comparison
to the blingy tech on display in other
booths. If you want a great box that
offers world-class studio quality and
will also make audiophiles blush, check
out CALLIA. You've never heard music
this way before.

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