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EMM Labs Updates their Award-Winning

DAC2X D/A Converter

($15,500)

 

You know how it is. Digital audio data isn't the sole domain of digital transports any longer. Today, digital audio streams from sources as diverse as your PC, music server, satellite receiver, mixing board and portable player. Which is why EMM Labs has created one very simple, very convenient way to get state-of-the-art sound from all of them.

 

Re-introducing the DAC2X – built with the award winning reference technology in the XDS1. The DAC2X features the latest generation MDAT2™ up-converting DSP, MFAST™ jitter removal system, MCLK™ master clock and Ed Meitner’s hand built 22.5792 MHz proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A converters.

 

Using technology developed in their flagship DA2, EMM Labs and Meitner Audio has once again updated both their multi-award winning DACs the Meitner Audio MA-1 DAC and EMM Labs DAC2X. In addition to being the perfect companion of their TSDX CD/SACD Transport, the updates provide a huge improvement in transparency, accuracy and overall sound quality.

 

The new V2 unit updates consist of:

 

  • MDAC™ in both platforms are now fully discrete DSD512/8xDSD D/A converters completely built in-house at EMM Labs' manufacturing facility in Canada
  • Their multi-award winning MDAT2™ DSP has also been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 8xDSD MDAC™. The new MDAT2™ DSP does real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new MDAC™
  • The DSD audio signal path has been re-designed allowing for furtherenhancements in transparency during the DSD to Analog conversion process
  • Proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for the USB Audio interface
  • Supports sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at word lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs,
  • Support for DSD128/2xDSD and DXD streaming via USB Audio
  • Support for DSD (DoP) streaming via TOSLINK, SPDIF and AES
  • No configuration necessary, just plug and play.

Every other digital system from its proprietary jitter removal MFAST™ to its super accurate clock, MCLK™ has also been carefully revised as well for better sound.

 

MFAST™ asynchronous technology

 

Feed the DAC2X through any of its six inputs and the revised Meitner Frequency Acquisition System (MFAST™) instantly acquires the signal, buffers it, then strips jitter out completely. A high-speed asynchronous system, it decouples input from output. MFAST™ ensures that you'll enjoy pristine sonic clarity whether the incoming data stream is pure or anything but.

 

MDAT2™: 8x DSD (DSD512) upsampling

 

From there, the signal goes straight into a new Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT2™) which upsamples digital audio to DSD512, 8x the SACD standard sampling rate.

 

The world's best dac/clock combination

 

The DAC2X features an improved, standard-setting MDAC™ dual differential discrete D-to-A and MCLK™ high-purity master clock modules. Together, they're music to our ears. Yours too, as an audition will quickly prove.

 

MFAST™ vs. conventional PLLs

 

Most converters utilize PLL (Phase Locked Loop) circuits. MFAST™ has two distinct advantages. It's a high-speed asynchronous system that locks almost instantaneously to any data stream. Moreover, unlike PLLs which merely attenuate jitter, MFAST™ strips jitter out of the audio stream completely. Enabling you to enjoy pristine sonic clarity whether the incoming data stream is pure or anything but.

 

Proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A conversion circuit

 

EMM Labs remains unwilling to accept the inherent non-linearities of every mass-market chip created to date and they believe you neither should you.

 

 

Note - Please note the V2 units performance are immediately noticeable and not subtle. So it’s quite a big jump in performance from the standard DAC2X to the V2 version. Most units purchased in 2016 would already have newer hardware and you can just update the unit with the finalized firmware to make it V2.

 

We are also offering an upgrade package for customers with older MA-1s and DAC2Xs to upgrade their units to V2 (upgrade MSRP is: $1,750)

 

If you aren't sure if your DAC already has the newer hardware, please contact us with the serial number to check.

 

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