"The $399 Miracle… I Was Shocked by How Good It Sounded" – Robert A. Harley
Micromedia's MyDAC is the perfect link between your computer and your hi-fi system. This 24-bit/192 kHz asynchronous USB DAC allows you to enjoy music stored on your computer in full audiophile quality. You will also be able to enjoy streaming services to the max, including Spotify and Pandora.
MyDAC provides extremely low levels of jitter in USB asynchronous mode, thanks to two very low jitter master clocks (22.5792 MHz for multiple of 44.1kHz and 24.5760 MHz for multiple of 48kHz). The clocks have dedicated low noise power supplies.
"I dropped the MyDAC into my reference system and was shocked by how good it sounded for the price," raves Robert A. Harley, who calls it "The $399 Miracle" in a September 5, 2012 preview for The Absolute Sound magazine. "The Micromega gives you some sonic attributes usually reserved for much more expensive DACs – qualities like air around instruments, a sense of three-dimensional space, and a laid-back sense of ease."
"Heaps of Energy and Attack"
"This DAC has heaps of energy and attack," notes England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "There's solid weight to all the instruments, while decent dynamics and timing work effectively together to produce a fast-paced and exciting performance…"
Three Digital Inputs
The USB input works in asynchronous mode up to 24-bit/192 kHz and accepts USB audio class 1.0 and USB audio class 2.0 modes without any driver implementation for Mac and a custom Micromega driver for PC (available online). In addition to the USB input, MyDAC has a SPDIF 75 ohm coaxial input accepting levels as low as 0.2V p-p and a SPDIF Toslink optical input. On the output side, it has a 2V rms full scale analog output with low impedance driver for compatibility with a wide range of gear.
Low Noise Circuitry
MyDAC boasts an integrated universal power supply (85-265 Vac / 50-60Hz) and a unique design, extremely fast, ultra low noise audio power supply. There are no electrolytic capacitors in the audio section, neither in the audio low noise power supply, nor in the audio path.
More Great Features
Source selection is via a four-position horizontal rotary switch with anodized aluminum wheel profile. It allows selection between USB, COAX, and OPTO and includes a STBY standby mode.
MyDAC comes in an elegant textured ABS housing in white or black. It meets the most stringent energy saving regulations, using extremely low power consumption in standby mode ( <500mW) as well as in operation (< 2.5W). Like all Micromedia products, MyDAC is designed and fully produced in France.
"I dropped the MyDAC into my reference system and was shocked by how good it sounded for the price. The Micromega gives you some sonic attributes usually reserved for much more expensive DACs – qualities like air around instruments, a sense of three-dimensional space, and a laid-back sense of ease. Through the Micromega, instruments don't sound like flat cardboard cutouts; they are instead fully fleshed out three-dimensional images surrounded by a wonderful bloom. In these qualities, the Micromega's sound would not be out of place in a $2000 DAC. Timbres are remarkably smooth and free from grain. The bass is solid and tight…"
- Robert A. Harley, The Absolute Sound, September 5, 2012
"This DAC has heaps of energy and attack…"
"There's solid weight to all the instruments, while decent dynamics and timing work effectively together to produce a fast-paced and exciting performance…"
- What Hi-fi? magazine