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Audiolab M-DAC+ Digital to Analogue Converter

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Key Features

  • Up to 32-bit/384kHz Data Processing With DSD Compatability
  • Class A Audio Ouput Stage & High resolution Digital Pre Amp

Product Description

Audiolab M-DAC+ Digital to Analogue Converter


The new M-DAC+ is a high-performance, multi-purpose audio DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) for home use, designed to sit on a desk or table, or integrate into a hi-fi system. It incorporates a highly specified, audiophile-quality digital preamplifier and Class A output stage for connection to a power amp and speakers (the output can be fixed for those who wish to use an existing preamp or integrated amp), in addition to a high-quality output for headphone use.

Redefining a Classic

The new M-DAC+ is based firmly on the classic M-DAC, with carefully targeted improvements in key areas – a logical move, given the original model’s sustained popularity over the last four years. The M-DAC built a peerless reputation with press and public alike since its launch in the autumn of 2011, scooping multiple Product of the Year Awards from the likes of What Hi-Fi?, Hi-Fi Choice and EISA to make it arguably the most critically acclaimed DAC component ever made

The Finest DAC Circuitry

Like the M-DAC, the M-DAC+ incorporates the ES9018 Sabre Reference 32-bit DAC chipset, still widely regarded as the finest available. This is surrounded by exceptionally well-specified circuitry that puts other similarly priced DACs to shame, including a proprietary, discrete master clock to minimise jitter, coupled with extensive time domain isolation. A JFET Class A output stage ensures that the audio signal, following conversion from the digital domain to analogue, is of the highest quality.

High Performance with DSD

Under the hood lie a number of performance-related enhancements. The M-DAC+ now processes audio data up to 32-bit/384kHz via USB; this is a far higher specification than that required by current hi-res music formats, ensuring this new, premium-quality addition to the M-DAC family is fully equipped for future advances in ultra-high-definition digital sound. The USB input now also accepts DSD files (the digital audio system originally developed for Super Audio CD), offering compatibility with DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256. This is a significant addition, as DSD has an important role to play in the developing high-resolution digital download scene.


  • Up to 32-bit/384kHz Data Processing
  • DSD Compatability
  • Class A Audio Ouput Stage
  • High resolution Digital Pre Amp
  • Blanced & Unbalanced Ouputs






  • General description: Digital-to-Analogue Converter
  • DAC: ESS Sabre32 9018 chip
  • Sampling Rate: 24-bit / 192kHz    (Optical,Coaxial,AES)

                                            32-bit / 384kHz (USB)
                                            2.8MHz (DSD64), 5.6MHz (DSD128), 11.2MHz (DSD256)

  • Digital Input: 2 x Coaxial, 2 x Toslink Optical, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x USB for PC USB, 1x USB foiPod/iPhone/iPad
  • Digital Output: 1x Coaxial, 1 x Toslink Optical
  • Output Voltage Balanced: 4.5V RMS
  • Unbalanced: 2.25V RMS
  • Output Impedance Balanced: 20O
  • Unbalanced: 10O
  • THD: (1kHz 0dB 20Hz - 20kHz A wtd)<0.002%
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz (± 0.2dB)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio RCA: > -115dB, XLR: > -120dB
  • Dynamic Range RCA: > 115dB, XLR: > 120dB
  • Crosstalk RCA: > 120dB, XLR: > 130dB
  • Dimensions: (mm)114mm x 247mm x 292mm
  • Net Weight: 3.7kg

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