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Musical Fidelity M1DAC - Redefining the DAC Segment... Again!
The new M1DAC is a ground-up reworking of everything Musical Fidelity has learned in 23 years of designing DACs. The M1DAC may be their best design yet, offering a staggeringly high level of performance at a very reasonable price. The M1DAC is also one of the most full-featured DACs in this category, with four digital inputs including USB, both single ended and balanced outputs, a choke-regulated internal power supply and the new gorgeous monolithic chassis style which Musical Fidelity first introduced with their pure Class-A AMS series. An exceedingly pure design, the M1DAC has impressively low jitter and distortion levels, is vanishingly quiet and offers exceedingly high resolution. Our highest recommendation!
“This new [Musical Fidelity] M1DAC could be just what you need. It delivers distinguished audio, with superb detail retrieval and a broad, deep soundstage. Talk about looking through the studio’s control room window… the M1DAC sounds highly polished!”
- John Bamford, HiFi News, October 2010
The M1DAC uses a pair of 24 bit Delta-Sigma DACs in a dual differential alignment with 8x over-sampling raising the sampling rate to 192kHz. Generally found only on very expensive DACs, this combination contributes greatly to the M1DAC's outstanding transparency and resolution.
The M1DAC is an upsampling design, converting all incoming signals to 24/192 for maximum resolution, regardless of input frequency. This allows the M1DAC to deliver the highest quality, purest digital to analog conversion regardless of source. So, whether the input is from a pure digital source or from a highly-compressed streaming source rest assured the M1DAC will knock your socks off.
The M1DAC features a B-Bus style USB input, which accepts sample rates up to 48kHz. Like all other digital signals, the M1DAC upsamples all incoming USB signals to 24/192.
Built-in Power Conditioning
Long time Musical Fidelity fans know how seriously this brand takes their AC power, for every small component Musical Fidelity has offered an outboard power supply which greatly improved its performance. In the new M1 series, Musical Fidelity has gone even further, integrating both an upgraded power supply and modest power conditioning into the gorgeous chassis. By asserting control over the power supply Musical Fidelity has achieved vanishingly low distortion and noise levels.
Detachable IEC Power Cord
Musical Fidelity M1 components all have built-in power supplies with detachable AC Cords. Musical Fidelity has finally stepped away from outboard power supplies, instead building high quality choke-regulated AC power supplies into the larger chassis. We highly recommend upgrading the stock power cord that comes with this M1 component to one of our high quality AC cords.
DAC circuit: 24 bit Delta-Sigma (bit stream) dual differential 8x over-sampling to 192kHz
Total Correlated Jitter: Linearity: Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20 kHz -0.1dB max
Channel Separation: >105dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal To Noise: >119dB “A” weighted
1x RCA (Pr)
1x XLR (Pr)
1x XLR AES/EBU Balanced
1x RCA Coaxial SPDIF (From 32 to 192 kHz @ 16 to 24 bit PCM)
1x TOSLINK (From 32 to 96 kHz @ 16 to 24 bit PCM)
1x USB B-Bus connector (32 to 48k @ 16 Bit)
One Year Warranty