In the introductory article in this series (link), I outlined my background, described my current system, and what I am looking for in my next DAC. In this article, I'll dive into my evaluation of the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ (MSRP: $2195).
- PCM support up to 32/384, DSD support up to DSD128 over DoP, and DSD256 native, full MQA hardware decoding,
- balanced analog outputs,
- a full complement of digital inputs, including USB, AES/EBU, S/PDIF coax and Toslink, along with SDIF and word clock, and
- optional external 12V DC input.
- Uptone Audio JS-2
- Paul Hynes SR-4
- SOtM sPS-500
- built-in SMPS
There is some sound quality improvement (particularly deeper base and better soundstage) when a large external power supply is used. To have an effect the power supply has to be substantially (5-10 times) larger than the 30W internal power supply.
"In addition, there is a massive capacitor bank which is equally effective as a big linear torroidal transformer. The result is a very robust power supply where large signal transients and spikes can be easily drawn while preserving signal integrity."
I stated my caveats about MQA in my introduction article. I approached my MQA listening from 3 perspectives:
- Quantity: how much MQA music (Masters) is there on Tidal that I don't already own, but want to listen to,
- MQA (Masters) vs. CD lossless (HiFi): what was the sonic benefit of MQA over redbook, for the same music, and
- MQA vs. high-resolution: how does the same piece of music, MQA-encoded, compare with high-resolution.
- the Manhattan II, the Brooklyn DAC+'s big brother,
- the upcoming iFi Pro iDSD, which is said to support full MQA decoding, as well as accept an external 10MHz reference clock, and an external PSU,
- the upcoming Ayre QX-8,
- the Denafrips Terminator, which impressed me at AXPONA,
and last, but certainly not least, the just-announced-at-High-End-Mun
ich Chord Hugo TT2!