Weiss Engineering Helios Reference Digital to Analog Converter and Network Player (available to demo)


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Nothing between you and the music

PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL digital-to-analog converter

Originating in Weiss Engineering’s product line for professional mastering studios, the HELIOS is truly a zero-compromise DAC. For those seeking the same representation of their music as mastering engineers hear when fine-tuning the audio in the studio, the HELIOS is the unit to get.



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Main Features

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Weiss Engineering’s professional clients work in the world’s top-tier studios, fine-tuning the sound of the biggest artists on the planet. It is not an option for them to use anything but the best monitoring chains in existence. This is why they use Weiss Engineering’s professional DACs.

The HELIOS maintains that same quality level, with design and features that better suit the high-end hi-fi market. With the HELIOS, you are hearing what the professionals are hearing.


The HELIOS comes with digital inputs in numerous formats and has both balanced and unbalanced analog outputs. All standard sampling frequencies up to 384 kHz plus DSD x64 and x128 are supported. 

Furthermore, the unit functions as a preamp, headphone amp, and a streamer (UPnP/ROON). 


The HELIOS and its siblings DAC501 and DAC502 are based on the same digital audio platform, but the HELIOS sports a different D/A Converter and analog output section.

The HELIOS’ XLR and RCA outputs can be used to drive amplifier line inputs as well as headphones directly or via a dedicated headphone amplifier.

The DSP processing can be switched to speaker or headphone mode as required.

The HELIOS housing is made of a dual frame scheme with a stainless steel internal frame and a thick aluminum outer frame.


To achieve its exceptional performance specifications, the HELIOS uses an eight-channel 32-bit D/A converter chip, with four paralleled conversion channels per audio channel. All analog processing is done with our own discrete operational amplifier modules, the Weiss OP2-BP — arguably the best audio operational amplifier currently available.

It also uses an internal high-precision/low jitter clock generator for ultra-stable clocking of the D/A converter section.


The built-in digital audio processing is based on the same trailblazing algorithms that are used in Weiss Engineering’s professional audio tools. 

So with the HELIOS you can adjust the audio using the same professional-grade algorithms that were used to mix and master the original recordings.


The HELIOS comes with an IR remote control which can be used to select the active input and output, the DSP audio processing presets, and switch power on and off.

Furthermore, it is possible to control and configure the HELIOS via a web browser, which adds detailed control of the DSP processing and preset management.

  • There are a total of five inputs:

    • AES/EBU or S/PDIF via XLR, Toslink and RCA sockets.
    • UPnP/DLNA via Ethernet.
    • USB.
    • Roon Ready.

    Accepted formats: PCM 44.1kHz up to 384 kHz, DSD 64x / 128x.

    Future formats can be accommodated via software updates.

  • Maximum input word-length: 24 Bits

The HELIOS uses a built-in digital signal processing (DSP) chip for its audio processing. These algorithms are included:

  • Room Equalizer – to suppress room modes for more accurate bass reproduction.

  • Creative Equalizer – a tone control with low boost/cut, high boost/cut, and mid boost/cut. Very useful to correct those recordings which do not quite sound right.

  • De-Essing – the automatic removal of overly bright sibilances from human voices. The sibilance effect can be more or less pronounced depending on your speakers or room acoustics.

  • Constant Volume – adjusts the audio volume (loudness) to a constant value across all tracks played. Useful for “party mode” when the volume control should stay untouched.

  • Vinyl Emulation – get that special sonic character of a record player based playback chain. We also employ an emulation of the DMM-CD procedure offered by the Stockfisch label.

  • Crosstalk Cancelling (XTC) – for the playback of dummy head recordings or live recordings via speakers for an incredible live sensation. Dummy head recordings usually are listened to via headphones because they only work properly if the left channel goes to the left ear only and the right channel to the right ear only. With speakers this is difficult to achive as the left channel goes to the left and the right ear. But with some clever signal processing of the speaker channels is is possible to suppress the crosstalk, i.e. the audio going from the left speaker to the right ear and vice versa. If that works properly then the recording sounds as if one would be in the space where the recording has taken place. All the reverberation and 3D representation of the sound sources is there.(For speaker based playback only.)

  • Loudness Control – a listening volume dependent equalization of the audio.

  • Headphone Equalizer – to adapt any headphone to the listener’s ears in terms of frequency response.

  • Crossfeed – to emulate a speaker based playback impression on headphones.

Depth: 30 cm / 11.8 inches
Width: 45 cm / 17.7 inches
Height: 6.6 cm / 2.6 inches
Height with feet: 7.4 cm / 2.9 inches

IR Remote Control
Depth: 2.1 cm / 0.83 inches
Width: 4.5 cm / 1.78 inches
Height: 16.6 cm / 6.53 inches


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