Audiolab M-DAC Plus (Black)

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Audiolab M-DAC Plus (Black)

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"Quite superb mid-price DAC packed with the latest tech." 'Hi-Fi Choice - Editor's Choice'. 5-star review. Tested at £800.

ESS Sabre DAC for superb sound quality

Renowned as one of the best DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) available, the 32-bit ESS Sabre at the heart of the M-DAC Plus is a very special device. Banishing levels of jitter and distortion to the lowest levels possible, it gives this DAC a natural and pure sound with low background noise.

Supports asynchronous USB
In addition to twin coaxial and optical digital inputs, the M-DAC Plus also features a USB interface. This Asynchronous device controls your computer's audio output stage for lower levels of jitter and a purer sound.

High resolution support via USB
If you stream music files via USB then the M-DAC Plus offers the very highest resolution currently possible. With the ability to stream at up to 32-bit/384kHz this DAC has its eye on not just the high resolution formats of today but of the future, too. It also streams DSD (Direct Stream Digital) files up to DSD256.

Professional connectivity
As well as a full array of optical, coaxial and RCA phono connections, the M-DAC Plus is equipped with professional grade AES balanced digital input/outputs. Combined with the balanced XLR stereo outputs for connecting to your amp, such as the Audiolab 8300A, these give the highest quality connections possible with excellent resistance to electrical interference.

Make your digital music sound its very best, with the Audiolab M-DAC Plus.
Connectivity
Audio Inputs
1 x Digital XLR AES3
Audio Outputs
RCA, XLR
Coaxial Digital Input
2
Coaxial Digital Output
Yes
Headphone Output
1/4" 6.3mm Headphone output
Pre Output
Yes, RCA and XLR
USB Input
USB Type-B for Mac/PC, USB-A for iOS
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Yes
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
247 x 114 x 252
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I bought one years ago I bought this 3 months ago and it has transformed my life I hardly watch TV any more . I just relish listening to old albums streamed from a ultra hi res steaming sight. It has a fantastic headphone amp which I put to great use in the evenings. With a good set of headphones the detail is just amazing. I hear new things every time I turn it on even with albums I have listen to hundreds of times before. It seems a lot for a DAC and pre amp but if the rest of your system is up to it. it's a game changer
Date published: 2022-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic product Excellent sound quality, a brilliant set of connections
Date published: 2022-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable Richer !! I go back to the early days of discovering decent hi-fi and Richer Sounds were always a part of that journey. They seemed to stock real world products, were happy to let you browse and demo stuff at the affordable end of the market. Just recently my original Audiolab Mdac needed replacing after many years of faithful service and after looking around at the latest dacs from China ( Topping, SML etc) I decided that for my budget I didn't want to have to read a flight manual of instructions to get a sound that most reviewers were saying sounded thin. I mostly listen to HD 600's at night via Toslink, surfing You Tube and found that the M Dac had always brought them to life. Thanks to superb service from Tom at the Plymouth branch I received my new M Dac Plus the next day, and after plugging it in and was getting some superb sounds straight out of the box. In my case it was great to get up and running so quickly without any fuss and just start enjoying the music. The new model has an improved functionality over the old, built in power suppy, better remote, and feels better built in use. The sound is familiar (same sabre chip) but also better implemented through an improved headphone amp. I'm hearing clarity, speed, searation, soundstage, tight bass, superb mid range and a top end that isn't fatiguing ( using mostly digital source and files ) this is important to my ears. The acid test for this is how much I have revisited all my favorite tracks and am delighted to be enthused over all my old as well as new discoveries as I approach my 70th birthday. So thanks for Tom for the excellent service and deal he gave me, the prompt delivery and the new M Dac itself which has rejuvinated my love for great music played through quality hi- fi gear. And finally thanks Richer Sounds for always being there over the years with real world products at sensible prices. Now to save up for better headphones!! I can feel some Focal Radiance Bentley's would do the trick!!
Date published: 2022-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely sounding DAC, build quality fantastic This was purchased to replace an audiolab 6000a amplifer. Having gone fully digital with my sources I didnt need the analogue inputs on the 6000a. This DAC sounds sublime and looks the part. Easy to use and with balanced XLR outputs into my monoblock amps, it produces a clean and spacious sound. Lovely little remote as well. Overall really happy with this purchase. I did a great deal of research into DACs before buying this. Having has the audiolab 6000a for years and loving it, I figured audiolab was the way to go.
Date published: 2022-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Improvement? I got this 2 weeks ago and do notice a difference in sound quality using my Rega Apollo cd played as a transport. The sound is more defined with a touch more bass. The only downside for me is that there is only a one year warranty unless a 5 year one is purchased for 10% of the items cost. Most other hifi suppliers give at least 2, some 5.
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features and great sound I bought this a month ago and I'm so happy that I did.
Date published: 2022-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rega Aethos Excellent soundstage with this amp and plenty of connection options. It is heavy but it well designed and looks stylish too.
Date published: 2021-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Digital music that sounds like analogue I’ve paired the M DAC plus with the Audiolab CDT the combination sounds absolutely sensational. Playing CDs now shares time with vinyl because the difference is not as marked as it was before - and I have LP12 with Lingo 4.
Date published: 2021-08-10
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