Not known as a hotbed of High End Audio, Spain has gone for quality over quantity. Wadax, a ten-year-old manufacturer whose main focus is digital electronics, has exploded on the scene with their Reference DAC. In the world of the digital heavyweights, Wadax is in a class by itself, both functionally and physically. It's an assemblage of three units; the DAC and two power supplies, weighing in at a modest 180 pounds. That was not a typo.The principal chassis (DAC) is really three elements in one; control plus the electronics for each channel. This barely scratches the surface, so to speak, of the thought and care that went into every detail of this sonic gem. It is reasonable to have very high expectations of a $145,000 DAC, It is surprising that they are met in every regard..
If you want to get the best out of a product of this quality, you need to provide it a signal of commensurate caliber. Wadax makes that possible with their Atlantis Server. It comes with 2TB of solid-state storage and expansion slots for more. It, as some other players on the market, is a Roon core but unlike the others, it includes a lifetime subscription. It's a modest offering given the unit's $24,000 price tag but it shows that they want their clients to get maximum enjoyment from their purchase.
It's hard to know where they could go from here, but it's reasonable to expect great things. Viva Wadax!