Audiolab MDAC is a multi award winning DAC and a perfect choice for enjoying better quality audio from your computer or other digital music source. A high performance design, the M-DAC includes USB, 2 x optical and 2 x coaxial inputs with a choice of optical, coaxial, RCA and balanced XLR outputs. No lightweight on the connections either then!
Smartly designed, the M-DAC is designed to improve the sound of your digital sources and will play high res 24-but/192kHz files via coaxial input (optical and USB carry 24-bit/96kHz). As such, it's a perfect choice for enjoying high res FLAC, WMA lossless or WAV files from your computer alongside the ability to improve the sound of your CD, DVD or Blu-Ray player and other digital sources.
As stylish, impressively specified and even more impressively sounding DAC, the M-DAC is your window into a world of high res audio. We recommend checking out the new range of high res music available online as an additional source of music - as a starter, check out Linn Records and hdtracks.com.
- Audiolab M-DAC DAC
- Power cable
- Remote control (and batteries)
- User manual
|Number of Optical Inputs||2|
|Number of Coaxial Inputs||2|
|Number of USB||1|
|Number of AES/EBU Inputs||N/A|
|Product Award||EISA, HiFi Choice Recommended, HiFi News Outstanding Product, HiFi World 5 Globes, What HiFi Award 5 Stars|
General description: Digital-to-analogue converter
DAC: ESS Sabre32 9018 chip
Resolution: 32 bits
Maximum Sampling Frequency: 84.672MHz
Digital inputs: 2 x coaxial, 2 x Toslink optical, 1 x USB
Digital output: 1 x coaxial, 1x 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
Power requirements (depending on region): 220--230V /100-120V (50 ~ 60Hz)
Colour (Aluminium): Black and Silver
"...powerful, insightful and delicate, it cuts to the heart of the music while remaining faithful to its soul" (Hi-Fi News Magazine October 2012)
"This is a very high performance product that's perfect for both the computer audio novice and seasoned enthusiast alike" (Hi-Fi News Magazine October 2012)
"Out of the box the the M-DAC is impressive, but tweaking the settings to your personal tastes is akin to sprinkling your preferred seasoning over an already appetising meal, to make it really delicious" Audiolab M-DAC/8200MB (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
"Excellent sound, a comprehensive feature count and impressive flexibility make the Audiolab a stand-out product at its price." (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
"Listen through a pair of cans and you'll discover that the M-DAC is a superb headphone amp, too." (What Hi-Fi Ultimate Guide)
"It's an absolute delight [...] which will hold its own against DACs costing almost double its asking price." (What Hi-Fi Ultimate Guide)
"Combines real musical power, control and clarity in a smooth sounding package." (Hi-fi News Magazine)
"Presented an impressively wide soundstage with plenty of detail, that was easy on the ear." (Hi-fi News Magazine)
"For features and sound, the M-DAC is clearly excellent value. Partnering it with power amplifiers of this quality makes for an extremely capable combination." (Hi-Fi News Magazine)
"This is one of those products that has you reaching to play all your favourite tracks to hear just how good they can sound." (What Hi-Fi Magazine November 2011)
"The real talking point here is just how good this unit makes your music sound. Like a sportsman at the top of his game, this Audiolab makes the job in hand seem easy. There's bags of detail, stirring dynamics and an exciting agility to the delivery...A WAV file of Hans Zimmer's Time from the Inception soundtrack delivers masses of information to process, but the sound remains precise and controlled." (What Hi-Fi Magazine November 2011)
"Solid build, smart styling; supports 24-bit/192kHz; thorough selection of connections; sounds superb...well worth the wait, the M-DAC has raised the performance bar with apparent ease...hugely capable. We urge you to find out what it could do for your system." (What Hi-Fi Magazine November 2011)
"Like: Beautifully clear and detailed sound; strong on rhythm; impressive feature set. Dislike: Frail power connector; that's all! Raises the bar for what an affordable - or in some ways any - DAC can achieve." (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine June 2012)
"With excellent sonics across a wide range of sources, fine build, superlative ease of use and a vast feature count, it's very difficult not to rave about the new Audiolab M-DAC. It's a landmark product, just like John Westlake's original DacMagic was all those years ago. If you're looking for a digital-to-analogue converter at or anywhere near this price, you surely must hear this." (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine June 2012)
"The new age of USB computer audio has rekindled the flame of the outboard D/A converter (DAC). Among this new breed of USB DACs few are as simple to implement or as versatile in use as Audiolab’s fabulous little M-DAC. It works directly with virtually all PCs and Macs without special USB drivers while its bold display shows a wealth of information about the incoming music data. An onboard volume control lets the M-DAC do the job of a preamp just as the choice of seven digital filters allows fine-tuning of its sound. And what a sound – powerful, insightful and delicate, it cuts to the heart of the music while remaining faithful to its soul. This is a very high performance product that’s perfect for both the computer audio novice and seasoned enthusiast alike." (EISA Award 2012-2013)
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