Mytek Digital, the second MQA® license after Meridian to ship an Audiophile DAC with MQA technology, will be introducing their MQA-capable Manhattan II DAC. But the new Manhattan II is much more than that, embodying many enhancements and innovations over the original Manhattan DAC.
The new Manhattan II DAC is a reference USB/Network DAC/Preamplifier with MQA decoder, 384k PCM and DSD256, phono and line analog preamplifier and a reference quality headphone amplifier. It can integrate digital streaming and vinyl analog playback for reference listening on headphones and speakers, when used with the optional Phono input card. This results in added convenience, less "Audiophile Clutter", cabling and expense for the consumer. An optional "Roon Ready" Network Card turns the DAC into a streamer.
Designed with the new, world's highest performance 130dB Sabre ES9038 32bit DAC chipset, the unit handles PCM up to 384k, 32bit, MQA, native DSD up to DSD256, DXD and 130dB Dynamic Range. A new Mytek Femto Clock™ incorporated into their C777 Clocking architecture pushes jitter and the noise floor below measurable levels. Wordclock input and output allows stacking multiple units for multichannel operation, including multichannel DSD and SACD.ISO playback.
Two separate, oversized, isolated power supplies, one each for the analog and digital stages, lowers noise and impedance, result in a low, tightly controlled bass and ultra solid sound stage image. There is a greatly improved, low distortion 1dB analog attenuator circuit for main out and headphones, with a choice of 1dB step digital 32bit attenuator or purist relay bypass.
The Manhattan II's digital inputs are USB2 Class2 (OSX, Linux driverless, all formats, up to 32bit integer), AES/EBU, 3X S/PDIF, Toslink/ADAT, (up to 24 bit, PCM up to 192k, up to DSD64 DOP) and SDIF3 DSD up to DSD256. (Its two extra additional SPDIF inputs equals a total of three plus optical.) All front panel functions can be also controlled from a computer via Mytek Control Panel App. New firmware revisions offering additional functions and improved specs will be available for download at mytekdigital.com and can be easily installed using the same control panel.
Analog inputs: RCA Line In switchable to Phono with Optional Phono Card, second pair of RCA's is Line In, third pair is XLR Balanced Line In. Analog inputs are routed through minimal path (no caps) analog attenuator directly to analog and headphone outputs.
The headphone function offers a reference high current, high transient headphone amp, 500mA, 6 Watts, 0 Ohm out impedance. Its dual headphone jacks are designed to drive the most demanding headphones with +/-12V swing. Balanced operation is possible with w/optional Mytek Balanced Headphone Adapter.
An enhanced front panel menu structure offers easier operation over its predecessor. Mytek's Control Panel App allows full control from computer, the included Apple IR remote and future control via an iPad App (tba in 2017).
The Manhattan II's highly attractive, sculpted form factor was the result of Mytek's working with world class industrial designers. The bi-metal fabrication of its inner steel chassis covered in a California-made custom-milled aluminum enclosure helps to reject external electrical interference and lowering noise. The 18lbs mass dampens vibrations, while isolation spikes diminish mechanical vibration, providing a stable, artifact-free listening experience.
The optional Precision Phono Analog Preamp Card offers high end M/M, M/C Phono Preamplifier with custom nickel core step up transformers, relay switchable and tunable. Input impedances, transformer ratios, RIAA curves and choice of gain can be changed within the menu or using the remote via relay switches. Optional card is sold separately and is user-installable.
The optional "Roon Ready" Network Card turns the Manhattan II into a network streamer with 24/192k and DSD64 maximum throughput. Compatible w/ Roon, Airplay, DLNA/UpnP, Spotify Connect, IOS and Android.
Shipping in late November, the Manhattan II will be uniquely available in three finishes: Silver, Black and Gold. MSRP: $5,995 US/Worldwide or €5,995 (VAT incl.) in EU. The Phono Preamplifier Card is optional at $1,495; Roon Ready Network Card is optional at $995.
Current Manhattan owners will be offered a full upgrade to Manhattan II for $995, starting December, 2016. Upgrade requires replacement of the motherboard, and can be performed by Mytek's Brooklyn, NY office, Mytek EU Office in Warsaw and importing dealers worldwide. Details how to obtain the upgrade can be found at the Manhattan II product page.
Power Supply: Switchable 115/230VAC (100V Japanese version available)
Dimensions: W x D x H = 17" x 10.5" x 1.95" = 432 x 267 x 50mm.
Weight: 16lbs, 8kg
Warranty: 2 years