With the Terminator-Plus, Gaia's clock inputs gained perfect sending mates: "Given a choice, it's always best to have the most superior clock as close to the DAC as possible. The Terminator-Plus uses native audio-frequency clocks of 45'1584MHz and 49'152MHz which by simple arithmetic—divide by 1'024— arrive at the 44.1kHz and 48kHz audio frequencies. We believe strongly that this is the best clock option to maximally control jitter with proper engineering and design. By contrast, cable-induced jitter from external master clocks is unpredictable. Moreover, most of those run at 10MHz. They require complex PLL to regenerate the actual audio frequencies."

To back track, some new features of the Terminator-Plus over the original Terminator are its dual 75Ω clock outputs and a new dual OXCO oven-controlled crystal oscillator super clock.

With Gaia's or Avatar's matching clock input/s, now the DAC's own clock right next to its R2R array can control the send clocks in an error-forward correction scheme. It works like an external master clock with the advantage that this master clock sits within mere centimeters of the actual converter engine.

When running multiple digital sources like a Mac/PC, streamer and CDT, Gaia becomes not only reclocking hub but hub whose own clocks slave to the DAC's superior 'master' clocks.

For brief company history we have this: "We incorporated in 2012. We are in Guangzhou/China where many other high-end audio manufacturers are. We design, own the rights to and manufacture all  our products in our 15'000 foot² Panyu plant outside Guangzhou. We focus on high-end equipment at very competitive prices. We do not believe that high-end audio must be associated with high prices. Over the years we have accumulated a solid customer base and proven ourselves. Our product speaks for itself as shown by the large number of positive owner feedback and professional reviews from all over the world. Our team has grown from a 5-man company to an enterprise of now 40-50 employees. Our founder and owner is Mr. Zhao. In engineering we have Mr. Mo and Mr. Luo for electronics, Mr. Wu for software and Mr. Yu and Mr. Feng for QC. Our production line is 30 strong. Vinshine Audio Pte Ltd handles global sales, marketing and distribution out of Singapore."

Relative to a new brand whose first product shows great similarities to Denafrips, Mr. Zhao explained by personal email that beside his own brand Denafrips, he's also in the OEM/ODM business to keep his large crew of 50 workers and engineers busy and employed. Those OEM/ODM contracts are protected by non-disclosure agreements so neither he nor his business partners can go into any specifics.

The simple upshot is that to secure the long-term success of Denafrips, its proprietary tech can be shared with other brands that are designed/built under OEM contract in the very same factory.

For a preview on the efficacy of clock-slaving USB bridge to DAC, there's my Terminator-Plus review. Because Gaia hadn't arrived yet, I started with our Soundaware D100Pro and D300Ref DDC. Both accept master clock signal at half the max setting of the Plus. Much to my surprise when Mutec's 10MHz clock had been quite ineffective during its review, Mr. Zhao's scheme proved to be most audible. Clock-slaving our lesser Soundaware far exceeded the non-slaved superior Soundaware. Clock-slaving even the lesser USB bridge created a bigger performance delta than upgrading from Terminator to Terminator-Plus. Of course the very best signal path added up with our D300Ref to Terminator-Plus in SD card mode over I²S to eliminate all PC-generated interference.