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32-Bit MQA Decoding, 32-Bit/384kHz PCM, Quad DSD256, and DXD Conversion, Unsurpassed Sabre 9038 DAC: Mytek Manhattan II DAC/Headphone Amp Sets the Reference for High-Res Sound

Born in a professional recording studio, and bringing both MQA sound and mastering-engineer sound quality into the home by way of the world's highest-performance Sabre 9038 DAC chipset, the reference-level MyTek Manhattan II DAC/headphone amplifier elevates high-resolution audio to edge-of-your-seat thrilling heights. While retaining the same chassis, power supply, and front-panel circuits as the award-winning original model, the Stereophile Product of the Year and Editors' Choice Awards-winning Manhattan II uses a top-to-bottom-redesigned main board that yields substantially improved detail, resolution, and transparency. Manhattan II also features a built-in MQA decoder that allows you take advantage of TIDAL Masters and any MQA files. Conversion support for PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz, native DSD up to Quad DSD256 (11.2MHz), and DXD complement a whopping 130dB dynamic range, world-class analog preamp attenuators, a 32-bit integer Class 2 USB2 driverless interface, and the latest in digital connectivity. But that's not all.

Manhattan II's trademarked Femto Clock Generator reduces jitter and the noise floor to below-measurable levels. Bi-metal fabrication and two separate isolated power supplies for the analog and digital stages further contribute to performance distinguished by vivid realism, multi-dimensional imaging, standout purity, and impeccable balance. A high-current, 500mA dual-output, dual-mono headphone amplifier turns headphones into luxurious aural spas. RCA and balanced XLR analog outputs further expand Manhattan II's flexibility, as does as an optional Roon-ready network card that turns this stellar component into a streamer. A remote control, easy-to-upgrade firmware, and a two-year manufacturer's warranty pile on the spoils. So does its appearance. Reflecting the cutting-edge architecture of its namesake, Manhattan II sounds as gorgeous as it looks. The penthouse of DACs, Manhattan II will give you multi-million-dollar views on your music. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.

"It's one of those rare, forceful beasts that realistically express the energy behind the music and proactively enable pattern recognition, doing so with beguiling ease and morgue-like silence. It also sounded uniquely non-digital. ...Class A all the way."
Stereophile, cover story

“When you couple the Manhattan II’s digital capabilities with its excellent analog features, you have a special component that should remain viable in both mastering and recording studios as well as in music lovers’ systems for many years to come. That is value.”
—Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound

Digital Conversion:
   PCM up to 384k/32bit
   DSD (Native) up to DSD256, DXD
Dynamic Range: 130dB
MQA Hi-Res Decoder: Built-In Certified Hardware MQA decoder Digital Inputs:
   1x USB-2 Class 2 (OSX, Linux driverless, all formats)
   1x AES/EBU (PCM up to 192k, up to DSD64 DOP)
   3x S/PDIF (up to 192k PCM, up to DSD64 DOP)
   1x SDIF3 DSD up to DSD256 (Dual Coax link, uses two of the S/PDIF inputs above)
   1x Toslink/ADAT
Analog Inputs: (Direct to analog output, minimal signal path)
   2x RCA Line In (Pr), #1 is switchable to Phono (with Optional Phono Card installed)
   1x XLR Balanced (Pr)
Analog Outputs: (simultaneous output, 50Ω impedance)
   1x RCA (Pr)
   1x XLR (Pr) (Pin 2, Hot)
Headphone Amp: Reference High Current, High transient, [email protected], 0 Ω output impedance Headphone Jacks:
   1x TRS Stereo (6.5mm, 1.4") in absolute phase
   1x TRS Stereo (6.5mm, 1.4") out of absolute phase
   1x Balanced output (requires special Mytek adapter and uses both headphone jacks) Built-In Attenuator:
   1dB Stepped Analog Attenuator or
   1dB Stepped Digital 32bit Attenuator or
   Purist Audiophile relay bypass
Word Clock: Mytek "Femto-clock Generator" (0.82ps internal jitter) Word Clock Connections:
   1x Input (BNC)
   1x Output (BNC)
Remote: Included (uses RC5 Standard)
Optional boards: (Sold Separately, User Installable)
   Ultra High Performance MM/MC Phono Board
   Roon-Ready Network/WiFi Card (supports Roon, Airplay, DLNA/UPNP, Spotify Connect, iOS & Android)
Firmware: Upgradable via USB Control Panel App (Win and Mac) Power Supply: Switchable 115/230VAC (50/60Hz)
Dimensions (WDH): 17" x 10.5" x 1.95"
Weight: 16 lbs.
Warranty: 2 years

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