M2Tech hiFace DAC 220

UAC2 compliant async USB DAC up to 32 bit / 352 kHz



Input 1 x USB A type male
Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo jack socket


Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4khZ, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz

Resolution: 16 up to 32 bit

Output voltage: 2.0Vrms @10kOhms
Frequency response: 5-22kHz (fs=44.1kHz) / 5-150kHz (fs=384kHz)
THD+N: 112dB (@ 1kHz, A-weighted)

Dimensions: 8.8(d) x 1.4(h) x 2(w)

Power Supply: 5V DC from USB bus

Marantz NA-11S1 € 3999,-

A very versatile player:

Streaming: AirPlay / DLNA (certified V1.5)

Internet: Spotify /

USB DAC: asynchronous USB 24/192 (driver for Windows)

USB port for iDevices

DoP (DSD over USB) DSD64/128

File formats: MP3 / WMA / AAC / ALAC / WAV / FLAC / FLAC HD

Remote app: iDevice / Android

Gapless playback


Inputs: Ethernet, coax , optical USB

Outputs: RCA / XlR /headphone

Added 2014

Marantz HD-DAC1 799

DAC / Pre-amp / Headphone amp


DAC: CS4398

USB-B DSD Audio Streaming: DSD2.8 / DSD5.6

Signal to Noise Ratio: 106 dB

Added 2016

Matrix Audio X-Sabre US$ 1,099.95



  • It utilizes the ESS 9018 Sabre Reference DAC along with a XMOS 32bit/500MIPS high performance asynchronous USB interface to stream 1-Bit 2.8224MHz/5.6448MHz DSD, 24bit/352.8kHz DXD, and up to 32bit/384kHz PCM.
Added 2015

Meridian Explorer € 295

Small portable USB DAC with analog volume control on the headphone out, fixed line out combined with Toslink out.

  • USB receiver by XMOS
  • Driver for Win
  • DAC PCNM5102

Metrum Acoustics Hex € 2185

Non oversampling dac. 

Dual mono, 8 Dacs pro channel in differential mode. 


Inputs:   2x optical Toslink, Coaxial  1x BNC and 1x RCA. 

Optical 44 - 96 kHz sampling rate .   
Coaxial , USB  and  AES/EBU: 44 - 192 kHz  sampling rate.

AES/EBU module optional (€ 168.00)  

USB module optional ( € 168.00).

The USB input is not UAC2 (USB Audio Class 2) compliant but uses the M2Tech proprietary drivers for Win and Mac.

Output voltage:             
RCA : 2 Volt RMS  full scale.   
XLR:   4 Volt RMS  full scale 

Jitter: < 35 pico Seconds

Frequency response:

1Hz  -  20 khz  - 2.5 dB    44.1 kHz sampling rate.  
1Hz  -  65 kHz  - 3dB      192 kHz sampling rate.

Distortion:  0.03 % THD

Noise :-130 dB related to 2 Volt RMS output


Metrum Acoustics Octave MKII € 1075,-

Non oversampling dac
15 VA internal power supply
1x optical, 1x coaxial, 1x USB (option)
2x gold RCA connectors
Max voltage output: 2 Volt RMS max.
Slewing rate: 35 Volt/uS
Frequency range: 1Hz 0dB untill half samplingrate -3dB.
Distortion: < 0,04 % THD
Noise : -120 dB / 16 bits -125 dB / 24 bits.


Metrum Acoustics Pavane € 4950,-

Meitner Audio MA-1 DAC $7,000

  • XMOS USB 2.0 High Speed ​​Interface: 16, 24 bit
    sampling rate up to 192kHz
    Thesycon USB audio class 2 driver for Win
  • Supports DSD over USB (DoP)
  • Available Digital Inputs:
    • 1x USB
    • 1x AES/EBU (XLR)
    • 2x SPDIF (RCA)
    • 2x TOSLINK (Optical)
  • Word lengths up to 24bit, and sample frequencies up to 192kHz are
    supported on all digital inputs.
  • Analog Outputs:
    • Balanced (XLR)
    Output Line Level (0dBfs signal on AES/EBU input): 4.6Vrms
    Output Impedance: 300Ω
    • Un-Balanced (RCA)
    Output Line Level (0dBfs signal on AES/EBU input): 2.3Vrms
    Output Impedance: 150Ω

Monoprice Monolith Desktop Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology $479.99

The most salient characteristic of this DAC is its amplifier.
It  is powered by a AAA (Achromatic Audio Amplifier) as developed by THX.
THX claims to have infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion and power consumption.


Added 2017

Musiland MD30 DAC/Headphone amp

  • USB 2.0 High Speed ​​Interface: 16, 24, 32Bit sampling rate up to 192kHz
  • Coaxial RCA, BNC coaxial, fiber optic, AES: 16, 24Bit sampling depth up to 192kHz. Support MMDI instruction
  • MULINK high-definition digital interface (proprietary i2s): 16, 24, 32Bit sampling depth up to 192kHz. Support MMDI instruction.
  • Clock jitter (44.1kHz): S/PDIF less than 30PS, USB, MULINK less than 20PS

Mytek Brooklin €1,995.00 / US$1,995.00

up to 384k, 32bit PCM, native DSD
up to DSD256, DXD, 130dB Dynamic Range

DIGITAL INPUTS: USB2 Class2 (OSX, Linux driverless,
all formats), AES/EBU (PCM up to 192k, up to DSD64 DOP), 2x S/PDIF (PCM up to 192k, up to DSD64 DOP), Toslink/ADAT 2x S/PDIF (PCM up to 192k, up to DSD64 DOP), SDIF3 DSD up to DSD256

CLOCK: “Mytek Femtoclock Generator (tm)” 0.82ps internal jitter, Wordclock Input and Output (allows stacking multiple units for multichannel operation,
includes mch DSD)


Review and Measurements of Mytek Brooklyn DAC - Audio Science Review

Mytek Brooklyn DAC - Gearslutz


Added 2016