Musical Fidelity was one of the first audiophile companies to offer a DAC. Since then, the company has established a solid tradition of creating top performing, top value digital products. A perfect case in the point is the brand new M1 DAC, which is the culmination of over 23 years of experience design superb sounding DACs. The M1 gives you plenty of input format choices with four digital inputs: coax, optical, balanced, and USB. Versatility accompanies the connectivity. The M1 DAC will lock on to any S/PDIF signal at 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88 kHz, 96 kHz, or 192 kHz. The input sampling frequency is displayed on the front panel. “The M1 DAC’s explicit sound should certainly breathe new life into aging CD players,” notes John Bamford in his October 2010 review for England’s Hi-Fi News magazine. “It delivers distinguished audio with superb detail retrieval and a broad, deep soundstage.” The M1 DAC consists of a top quality over sampling 24-bit digital-to-analog converter circuit which upsamples all incoming data rates to 192 kHz. This is genuine true upsampling and moves the digital artifacts to well outside the audio band, allowing their easy removal without detriment to the top end of the audio band. The well-tuned filtering circuit results in immeasurably small jitter, noise, and distortion, allowing astounding imaging, detail, and transparency, to deliver all music types exactly as the artist originally intended. The M1 DAC has been carefully designed to be partnered with M1 series, and also matches well with M3 and M6 series products. These combinations will yield one of the best high-fidelity systems available at any price. According to Musical Fidelity’s Founder and Managing Director Antony Michaelson, “The M1’s technical performance is, pretty well, as good as any at any price. We know this sounds like an incredible claim but it’s true.” And the company has the track record to back him up!
Front panel display of input sampling frequency
Locks onto any S/PDIF signal at 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88 kHz, 96 kHz, or 192 kHz; 24 bit Delta-Sigma (bit stream) dual differential DAC with 8x over-sampling to 192 kHz
Outputs: 1x line level RCA (phono); 1x line level XLR (balanced)
Inputs: 1x XLR AES balanced; 1x RCA SPDIF 32-192 kbps (16-24 bit stereo PCM); 1x TOSLINK optical 32-96 kbps (16-24 bit stereo PCM); 1x USB type ‘B’ 16-24 bits, 32-96 kbps (Determined by source file/computer settings)
Jitter: <12 picoseconds peak to peak; THD(+ noise): <0.0025% 10Hz to 20 kHz; Frequency Response: +0, –1dB, 5Hz to 100 kHz;