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

Matrix Audio element i US$ 990.-


Pre-amp with digital inputs over USB and SPDIF over coax and Toslink.

Streamer with ethernet and WiFi.

Protocols: Roon Ready, Qobus, Tidal, Airplay, DLNA

Local playback from external USB mass storage.


Control: remote / app for Android/iOS


Line out over RCA and XLR

Headphone out


Added 2019

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 Pavane € 4950,-



  • Balanced Dual Mono Non oversampling DAC
  • Forward (FPGA) corrected
  • 4 DAC'S per channel in differential mode
  • 45 VA via 3 separated toroidal transformers
  • 110/115V AC 220/230V AC 60/50Hz
  • Input 1x optical, 2x coaxial 1x BNC and 1x RCA AES/EBU and USB
  • Output 1x stereo pair single ended 2 Volts RMS Output 1x stereo pair XLR balanced 4 Volts
  • RMS Frequency Response 44.1 kHz sampling 1Hz – 20 khz -2.5 dB
  • Frequency Response 192 sampling 1Hz – 65 kHz – 3dB and 384kHz (USB)
  • Distortion 0.006% THD Noise Floor -155 dB related to 2 Volt RMS
  • Output impedance RCA 100 Ohm, XLR 200 Ohm
  • Sampling rate Optical 44.1 – 96 kHz
  • Sampling rate Coax and AES/EBU: 44.1 -192 kHz
  • Sampling rate USB 44.1 – 384kHz
  • Dimensions 440 x 320 x 85 mm
  • Weight 10KG

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

Monoprice MonolithTube Headphone Amplifier with ESS Sabre DAC $399.99

Tubed DAC, headphone amp and pre-amp


Input Stage Tube Type 2x 6N3 (crossing over to US equivalents 2C51 or 396a)
Output Stage Tube Type 6N5P (crossing over to US equivalents US6080 or 6AS7)
Output Power (RMS) 0.95 watts/channel @600 ohms
1.1 watts/channel @300 ohms
1.1 watts/channel @150 ohms
1.0 watts/channel @64 ohms
1.0 watts/channel @32 ohms
Inputs 1x 3.5mm TRS stereo analog
1x unbalanced stereo RCA analog
1x USB Type-B digital
Outputs 1x 1/4" TRS stereo headphones
1x unbalanced stereo RCA analog
Headphone Impedances 16-32 ohms, 33-64 ohms, 65-150 ohms, 151-300 ohms, 600 ohms
DAC Chipset ESS Sabre® ES9018S 24-bit@192kHz and 32-bit@384kHz
USB Receiver Chipset Savitech SA9227
Direct Stream Digital™ DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256
Frequency Response 20Hz ~ 20kHz (-1dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio ≤ 98dB (A weighted)
Total Harmonic Distortion < 1% @64 ohms
Dimensions 5.9" x 9.4" x 12.8" (150 x 240 x 325 mm)
Weight 20.5 lbs. (9.3 kg)


Added 2017

Motu M2 US$ 170 / € 199

Motu M2

AD/DA converter with ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC 

Added 2019

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