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Audiolab M-DAC Digital to Analogue Converter - Ultra Sound & Vision
Audiolab M-DAC Digital to Analogue Converter - Ultra Sound & Vision

    Audiolab M-DAC Digital to Analogue Converter

    R 37,390.00

      Audiolab M-DAC Digital to Analogue Converter

      Winning a combination of 4 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision awards in a row, its no secret that the Audiolab M-DAC is one of the best ever sounding DACs ever made.

      Alongside the USB input with Asynchronous data processing, there are two each of coaxial and optical digital inputs, and one each of coaxial and optical digital outputs. Audio signal is provided via RCA single-ended and XLR balanced audio outputs.


      Adaptable Hi-Res Performance

      High-res 24-bit/192kHz music files can be played on the M-DAC via the coaxial input, while optical and USB inputs support 24-bit/96kHz data. While enjoying the high resolution audio via its digital inputs a wide choice of filters are available to optimise your listening experience for a variety of audio formats and personal preferences.

      • Optimal Spectrum
      This filter implements sampling theory and is designed for near perfect technical response in the frequency domain.

      • Optimal Transient
      This filter exhibits no ringing and the transient nature of the music is preserved. Although exhibiting ‘lesser’ performance in technical measurements, sound from this type of filter has a purity and ‘naturalness’ that more than compensates for the lack of technical specifications. There are three optimal transient folders which produce identical frequency and time domain response but the internal structure of the filter varies for subtle sonic nuances.


      • Sharp Rolloff
      This filter typifies industrial standard characteristics (-6dB at 1/2 Fs with significant time-domain ringing) and is included here for comparison purposes.

      • Slow Rolloff
      The slow rolloff starts rolling off at a lower frequency than the sharp rolloff but has a gentle rate of attenuation and significantly less ‘time domain ringing’

      • Minimum Phase
      The minimum phase filter has a gentle attenuation slope similar to the slow rolloff option, however it exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain. It can be likened to an analogue filter applied in the digital domain.

      General description Digital-to-analogue converter
      DAC ESS Sabre32 9018 chip
      Resolution 32 bits
      Maximum Sampling Frequency 84.672MHz
      Digital input 2 x 24-bit/192kHz coaxial
      2 x 24-bit/96kHz Toslink optical, 1 x 24-bit/96kHz USB
      Digital output 1 x coaxial
      1 x Toslink optical
      Output voltage RCA: 2.25V RMS,XLR: 4.5V RMS
      Total Harmonic Distortion RCA: <0.002%
      XLR: <0.0008%
      Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz (± 0.2dB)
      Dynamic range RCA: >115dB
      XLR: >122dB
      Crosstalk RCA: <-120dB
      XLR: <-130dB
      Dimensions (H x W x D) 59 x 250 x252mm
      Colour Black, Silver
      Standard accessories power cord, remote control handset, batteries, user manual