High-Value Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ Features Full MQA Decoding, SABRE 9028 Pro DAC, MM/MC Phono Preamplifier, Headphone Amp: Plays Native DSD256, DXD, 32-Bit PCM, and Vinyl LPs
The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, an industry-favorite and modestly priced consumer audiophile DAC with built-in MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) decoding that reveals the full original resolution of TIDAL Masters, improves upon its acclaimed predecessor and permanently changes the music landscape. At heart a reference-grade USB2 DAC, the Stereophile Product of the Year Award-winning Brooklyn DAC+ also comes with an exceptional MM/MC phono preamplifier, high-current 500mA headphone amplifier with dual jacks, and both XLR balanced and single-ended outputs. Brooklyn DAC+ bests the original Brooklyn by featuring an enhanced ESS SABRE 9028 Pro chipset (compared to the earlier model's 9018), a more transparent and higher-level analog attenuator circuit, a dual-mono analog path, and upgrades to the analog input, phono preamplifier, and headphone amplifier sections. This is your instant, easy ticket to enjoying high-resolution music in up to native DSD256, DXD, and 32-bit/384kHz PCM – not to mention TIDAL Masters, vinyl LPs, and more.
Quite possibly the finest sub-$2,200 value in audio, Brooklyn DAC+ gives music lovers the best of both worlds – two times over. It processes cutting-edge digital and vinyl LPs with extreme detail, dynamics, and clarity. And it invites you to hear your favorite tunes in compelling sound either via speakers or headphones. Mytek's proprietary Femtoclock Generator holds jitter down to nearly immeasurable levels. Brooklyn DAC+'s modern-age versatility means you can hook up external digital sources (such as CD players, Linux-based servers, and ADCs) to take advantage of the cutting-edge DAC processing. You can also choose from either a 1dB step analog-domain volume attenuator or 1dB step digital-domain 32-bit attenuator with purist relay bypass. All digital inputs can be routed into computer via USB2. And a host of S/PDIF, Toslink, and AES/EBU digital inputs are complemented by upgradeable firmware and an elegant remote.
Speaking of beauty, Brooklyn DAC+'s feature set and sonic character are so impressive, they almost outshine its gorgeously matte-finished sculpted faceplate and attractive display readout. Functional and flexible, and graced with a chiseled faceplate and two-year manufacturer warranty, Brooklyn DAC+ is one of the most exciting – and satisfying – high-end components to hit the market in years. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"For now, I'm happily addicted to MQA, TIDAL Masters, and the Mytek Brooklyn. These milestone products have, each in its own way, brought computer audio to a hip new place in which I could hunker down for years, just having fun."
– Herb Reichart, Stereophile, May 2017
"Even without MQA, the Mytek Brooklyn offers exceptional value due to its versatility, flexibility, ergonomic elegance, and overall high level of sonic performance. Once you throw MQA into the equation, I have to say ‘game over'...
– Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound, 2017 Golden Ear Award
“No other unit this size (and known to this reviewer) offers such an extensive feature set – (MQA) DAC, phono stage, headphone amplifier and preamplifier – and sells for so little and sounds so darn resolving.”
— John Darko, Darko.Audio