Accurate, Musical Performance with Perfect Authenticity
In 1987 Musical Fidelity stunned the audiophile world when it introduced its first D-to-A converter, the DigiLog, which uncloaked much of the hidden potential of the already maligned 16-bit CD. format. Now 25 years on, and with a legacy of numerous ‘digital firsts’ under its belt, Musical Fidelity is proud to announce its latest assault on digital decoding in DigiLog’s rich tradition: the M6DAC.
"Out of the box, my first impression of the M6DAC's character was natural sounding midrange," reports John Atkinson in the June 2013 issue of Stereophile. "But the M6DAC's forceful low frequencies emerged as a consistent factor in my auditioning, reminding me of my long term reference DAC, the audaciously priced Mark Levinson No.30.6."
Drawing from Decades of Amassed Experience
In contrast to what Musical Fidelity founder Antony Michaelson terms with his characteristic biting wit "the growing hordes of entities unveiling their first digital marvels," Musical Fidelity’s engineers designed the M6DAC by drawing from its decades of amassed experience making accurate, musical DACs. As a result, the M6DAC has been designed to render every musical bit of modern high-resolution recordings with perfect authenticity.
The M6DAC takes maximum advantage of a fully-balanced design. Its precision four-DAC array is arranged in a dual mono, dual differential configuration for optimum sound quality. The power supply is something special, too. The ultra low-noise encapsulated power supply features choke smoothing with 32 polypropylene capacitors, resulting in perfect decoupling and isolation.
Five High-Resolution Digital Inputs
The M6 DAC features connectivity for up to five digital sources including an asynchronous USB input up to 24-bit/192 kHz, two coaxial digital inputs, one optical digital input, and one AES/EBU balanced digital input. And not just the USB, but all digital inputs feature 'galvanic' isolation and are re-clocked and asynchronously up-sampled to 24-bit, 192 kHz.
All inputs feature programmable level control with memory back-up. A two position selectable filter roll-off along with a de-emphasis control (auto-select on, or off) lets you tailor the sound to your liking. The high-resolution volume control with remote add to the performance and convenience.
The M6DAC's outputs consist of analog unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR outs, plus coaxial digital, optical digital, and AES/EBU digital outs.
Impressive Bluetooth Implementation, Too
With the M6DAC, Musical Fidelity acknowledges the proliferation of Bluetooth enabled portable music-only devices, Apple iOS devices, and ‘Smart Phones’ with their ability to store and stream music at resolutions up to 16-bit/48 kHz via CSR’s apt X. But if you associate Bluetooth audio with less-than-audiophile performance, you are in for a very pleasant surprise with the M6DAC.
The M6 DAC incorporates a meticulous application of Bluetooth apt x which features its own independent power supply and is directly coupled to our precision sample rate converters via the I2 S bus from our apt x module for 24-bit/192 kHz implementation. This unique design approach of apt-x and our interface topology yields unexpectedly high audio quality from the much debated Bluetooth technology.
"Musical Fidelity's M6DAC is a superb-sounding, versatile D/A processor capable of handing high-resolution files via USB…"
"Out of the box, my first impression of the M6DAC's character was natural sounding midrange… But the M6DAC's forceful low frequencies emerged as a consistent factor in my auditioning, reminding me of my long term reference DAC, the audaciously priced Mark Levinson No.30.6."
- John Atkinson, Stereophile, June 2013