The M-DAC, an eagerly awaited, new standalone D/A converter finally makes its debut as a replacement for the award-winning 8000DAC introduced in 1992.
The M-DAC is housed in a smart styling aluminium case with solid build and ample connectivity. Alongside the USB input with Asynchronous data processing, there are two each of coaxial and optical digital inputs, and one each of coaxial and optical digital outputs. Audio signal is provided via RCA single-ended and XLR balanced audio outputs.
A wand like remote control handset allows you to switch inputs, select from preset digital filters and alter the display. The large clear screen allows you to see what input is being used and the sample rate being received. High-res 24-bit/192kHz music files can be played on the M-DAC via the coaxial input, while optical and USB inputs support 24-bit/96kHz data.
Asynchronous USB supporting 24-bit/96kHz with remote control of PC / MAC Media Player via HID support
• High current, high linearity RCA single-ended & XLR true balanced with fully discrete J-FET CROSS* Class A output stages and built-in headphone amplifier
• Selectable DAC mode or Digital Pre-amplifier mode, allowing direct connection to power amplifiers and active speakers in digital only systems
• 2.7” high contrast OLED display
• "Actual"or"Nominal"Sampling Frequency display – displays the TRUE input sampling frequency with 1Hz resolution
• Digital level meters in dB with peak hold
• CD / DVD SPDIF subcode embedded Track and Time Display
• Advanced de-jittered optical and coaxial SPDIF output, with USB to SPDIF output.
• Full remote control + external remote / BUS I/O loop
• 26 internal regulated supply rails with 10 ultra low noise, low impedance discrete regulators
• 7 user selectable digital filters – fully software upgradeable via the USB port
• Organic ultra low ESR capacitors, high tolerance polypropylene film / foil capacitors, ultra stable very low VCR 0.1% MELF SMD resistors, 4 layer PCB
• External upgradeable power supply interface for a future upgrade path
You have a digital source, you have a DAC, now what do you connect it to?
Audiolab M-PWR of course!
M-PWR is a brand new amplifier design from Audiolab that delivers finesse and power in a compact size. It is housed in a beautiful extruded anodized aluminum case that matches the same width and depth of Audiolab’s award winning M-DAC, and Q-DAC. M-PWR takes both Unbalanced and Balanced inputs and drives your speakers with 40+40 Watts of high performance, ultra low distortion power output all from a neat package that takes up minimal room on your desktop or shelf.
Whether matching with LAB series DAC components, or other existing sources with volume control, you can be sure that M-PWR will drive your loudspeakers with verve, passion and excitement from your whole music collection.
•2 x 40W @ 8 ohms
•-0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref. 1kHz) frequency response
•RCA Analog input, XLR Balance Analog input
•Ultra low noise gain circuit
•Optimized for low distortion
•Extruded anodized aluminium enclosure
The DALI MENUET - a small, yet powerful speaker that reveals great musicality that will set new standards for sound and performance from a compact speaker.
Conceptually, MENUET is a compact bass reflex loudspeaker measuring only 25 x 15 x 23 cm/9.8 x 5.9 x 9.0”. Even though it is only based on a 4.5” woofer and a 28 mm/1.1” soft dome it more than makes the grade. Listen to these brilliant tiny loudspeakers and you will hear plenty of clean, undistorted bass, open and dynamic midrange and detailed/crisp highs.
The 4.5” woofer is airflow optimized to achieve the best possible coupling between the wood fiber cone and the real wood veneer cabinet. Even the woofer cut-out in the cabinet is made larger than normal to optimise openness and dynamic response. The oversized 28 mm/1.1” soft dome tweeter is able to start and stop with great speed and precision due to the very low mass of the dome assembly and a powerful motor system (the dome is approximately 30% lighter than comparable standard domes and the magnet in the motor system is made of the strongest neodymium material available). The DALI designed drivers, sturdy binding posts and high quality crossover is the key to achieving extraordinary performance from such a compact loudspeaker.
For optimum performance, MENUET should be positioned in a bookshelf or mounted on the wall using an optional wall bracket. With two threaded inserts on the rear of the cabinet, it is prepared for easy installation of the wall bracket without any hassle. The bracket is designed to ensure optimal clearance between the wall and the bass reflex port.
The neat and clean design - makes it very easy to place the tiny DALI MENUET anywhere around the house.
|General description||Digital-to-analogue converter|
|DAC||ESS Sabre32 9018 chip|
|Maximum Sampling Frequency||84.672MHz|
|Digital input||2 x 24-bit/192kHz coaxial ,2 x 24-bit/96kHz Toslink optical, 1 x 24-bit/96kHz USB|
|Digital output||1 x coaxial, 1x Toslink optical|
|Output voltage||RCA: 2.25V RMS,XLR: 4.5V RMS|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||RCA: <0.002%; XLR: <0.0008%|
|Frequency response||20Hz - 20kHz (± 0.2dB)|
|Dynamic range||RCA: >115dB;XLR: >122dB|
|Crosstalk||RCA: <-120dB; XLR: <-130dB|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||59 x 250 x252mm|
|Power requirements (depending on region)||220--230V /100-120V (50 ~ 60Hz)|
|Standard accessories||power cord, remote control handset, batteries, user manual|
|Rated Output Power||40W 8 ohms60W 4 ohms|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||<0.008% (10W 1kHz)
<0.05% (10W, 20Hz-20kHz)
|Frequency Response||-0.5dB(20Hz-20kHz, ref. 1KHz)|
|Input Sensitivity||600mV (RCA line in)|
|Input Impedance||10Kohms (Balanced); 20Kohms (Unbalanced)|
|Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N)||106dB (A Weighted, ref. 40W)|
|Dimension (W x H x D)||246.5 x 114 x 252 (mm)|
|Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]||59 - 25,000|
|Sensitivity (2,83 V/1 m) [dB]||86.0|
|Nominal Impedance [Ω]||4|
|Maximum SPL [dB]||105|
|Recommended Amplifier Power [W]||20 - 100|
|Crossover Frequency [Hz]||3,000|
|High Frequency Driver||1 x 28 mm Soft Textile Dome|
|Low Frequency Driver||1 x 4½" Wood Fibre Cone|
|Enclosure Type||Bass Reflex|
|Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency [Hz]||63.0|
|Connection input(s)||Single Wire|
|Recommended Distance From Wall [cm]||> 2|
|Dimensions With Base (HxWxD) [mm]||250 x 150 x 230|
|Optional Accessories||Wall Bracket|
"The M-DAC raises the performance bar even higher, with a solid build, high-res audio support and superb sound."
"Best DAC £500 - £700"
"Best DAC £500-£700"
"Outputs a sound that has exemplary precision and control." "There are no signs of exertion, just terrific dynamics, almost endless detail and a degree of rhythmic agility that fits every element together."
"If you're looking for kit to fill a decently sized room with sound, the M-DAC will help you do it effortlessly." "Far outperforms its price tag in its ability to breathe life into tracks you might have heard 10 times over, endowing them with bags of detail, punchy dynamics, great timing and plenty of excitement." "You'll hear every part of the track with astounding accuracy."
Best D/A Converter - "Powerful, insightful and delicate, it cuts to the heart of the music while remaining faithful to its soul"
EISA Awards 2012-2013
"There's near faultless extension at frequency extremes. Bass is beautifully extended but never in any danger of exaggeration or overhang, while treble is sweet and open", "That this DAC clerly offers some of the most detailed - and at the same time most musically bewitching - sounds I've heard from any digital source. It as, as it should be, largely immune to the differences between sources and get the best from CD, streamed audio and local computer playback with the greatest of confidence. It simple revels in the kind of tricky multi-layered sound that can so often trip up modern audio electronics". "With excellent sonics across a wide range of sources, fine build, superlative ease of use and a vast feature count, it's very difficult not to rave about the new Audiolab M-DAC. It's a landmark product, just like John Westlakes's original DacMagic was all those years ago. If you're looking for a digital to analogue convertor at or anywhere near this price, you surely must hear this".
"Looks smart, has a plethora of connectivity, and supports 24-bit/192khz audio. There's bags of detail, stirring dynamics and an exciting agility to the delivery."
Best DAC £500 - £900: "No file is too tough for the M-DAC." "The real beauty of the M-DAC is just how good it makes your music sound." "Precise and controlled." "In terms of pure value for money, the M-DAC is off the scale."
What HiFi 5 Stars
"There's bags of detail, stirring dynamics and an exciting agility to the delivery." "Well worth the wait, the M-DAC has raised the performance bar with apparent ease."
"The thing that jumps out immediately is their incredibly lucid detail. Whether they’re teasing out the high frequency hustle and bustle of a movie scene or playing a delicate jazz tune, the Menuet’s don’t miss a thing. Dali’s Mentor Menuet is proof that good things come in small packages. These compact speakers do a fine job with anything you throw at them, from boisterous movie tracks to gentle jazz tunes, revealing layers of detail and conveying voices with smoothness and/or urgency"