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Mytek teases Brooklyn Bridge streaming DAC

By | November 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

On my office desk sits a most well-connected DAC — a book-sized slab of electronics with options for MQA, DSD, analogue or digital volume attenuation, Apple remote control hijack, single-ended or balanced outputs; on the rear panel for connection to an amplifier (like the Mytek Brooklyn Amp) and on the front for driving low- or high-impedance headphones. Heck, it even has an MM phono stage. That DAC is the Mytek Brooklyn Plus. US$2195. Review here.

If I want to stream digital audio to the Brooklyn Plus, I must call on a third party device for hook-up to one of the Plus DAC’s numerous digital inputs: USB (hello Sonore microRendu), coaxial (hello ALLO DigiOne), TOSLINK (hello JustBoom DigiHAT) or AES/EBU (hello AURALiC Aries G1).… Read the full article

Picture Sunday – Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

By | July 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is part of our Picture Sunday series.

Mytek. A name that’s not thrown around in our parts of audio a lot. They are more known in a different segment, studio electronics. They however also make great two-channel hifi gear, and their designs are very well respected. In portable, they only offer the Clef. A small mobile dac/amp. Future proof with high resolution support and MQA. We’re not looking at that though, no, we’re taking a peek at their desktop sized DAC, pre-amp, phono stage and headphone amplifier – the Brooklyn DAC+.… Read the full article

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Mytek Liberty DAC review

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Half the size, half the functionality, half the price. Sort of – bear with me. Does the Mytek Liberty DAC (preview here) deliver half the sound quality of the Brooklyn DAC (review here) and Brooklyn+ DAC (review here) on which its design was based?

Neither was on hand for comparison – that’s for a possible follow up article – but specifications-wise, the Liberty splits the Brooklyns, mating the ESS9018K2M chip of the original with the improved output stage of the Plus version.… Read the full article

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Review: Assault on the state of the art headphones, the HiFiMan Susvara

By | February 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is not for the faint of heart, or wallet. If you think headphones have reached overwhelmingly high prices spare your time and don’t read this review. You have been warned.

Bumped upon Riccardo Yeh, talented musician, opera lover and HiFiMan’s international sales director. Come in he said, we have both Susvara and Shangri La playing side by side. I was sold.

Early summer, I couldn’t get those lush tunes out of my head. Went on and contacted Riccardo, a few weeks later a pair of Susvara was in my place along with an HE-6 adapter.… Read the full article

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Mytek’s Brooklyn DAC+: host with most offers more

By | February 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Let’s cut to the chase: listening to both models side by side over a number of weeks, the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ (US$2195, preview here) sounds slightly better than the standard Brooklyn DAC (US$1995, review here): slightly better image focus, slightly better stage depth, a little more punch (especially from its headphone output/s). The new model comfortably earns the US$200 price jump on the original.

This video details the new model’s improvements, all of which are internal:

For those still deciding, go for the Plus but existing Brooklyn DAC owners are advised to stick with what they have.… Read the full article

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Mytek Intros Two Budget Options – The Liberty DAC and Portable CLEF

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

The small label above the blue dot on the front panel of the new Liberty DAC by MyTek sums up a lot about the company’s direction in terms of compatibility. Its going more mainstream (in terms of pricing) but is bringing along a slew of audiophile features along with it. While a cool grand is perhaps more than most mainstream digital listeners might pony up, the value is still carved into the idea with large strokes. With Myteks’s upstream aspirations landing a little more on the spicy side (Manhattan II – $6k, Brooklyn DAC+ $2.2k), a $1k DAC sporting a full back of connectivity options is mighty appealing for the target market that shops within this range.… Read the full article

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Liberty DAC for all from Mytek for $995

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

LIBERTY-DAC

Diminutive, full-featured, and affordable. The $995 USD Liberty DAC from Mytek.

What price would you pay to be free from digital-file type constraint? $2,000? $5,000? $10,000?

How about $995 USD?

Mytek Digital’s new Liberty DAC can up-convert to 384K/32bit PCM/DSD256 through it’s ES9018 Sabre chipset, its array of digital inputs (USB2 – Class2, S/PDIF, Toslink/ADAT, AES/EBU) natively handles PCM 192K, and DSD64 DOP, it features digital-volume control (preamp anyone?), balanced (TRS, TRS to XLR) and unbalanced outputs (RCA), and a headphone amplifier (300mA, three watts, single unbalanced headphone jack, 0.1 Ohm impedance).… Read the full article

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Freedom! Mytek announce US$995 Liberty DAC

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Subtraction. Take the Mytek Brooklyn (and not the Plus). Shrink the box volume by a factor of three to remove the colour LED display and dancing signal level meters but maintain balanced outputs by converting the associated rear panel socketry from XLR to TRS (and offer TRS-XLR adaptors as an option). Keep hold of its internal ESS Sabre 9018K2M DAC chip and bypassable internal power supply but take away its MM/MC phono stage and analogue volume control to leave digital attenuation*.… Read the full article

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Review: Heresy with a Nordost Heimdall 2 ethernet cable

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It has bothered me a bit and it took some thinking on what to do with the Nordost Heimdall 2 ethernet cables. The problem? They make a huge difference over my Supra Cat8 cables, let alone the generic Cat6a I was using before the Supra ones. And if someone dares to say “ethernet cables make a difference in sound reproduction” he will immediately get labeled as a fool, a crazy, or even worse, an audiophile.

The story goes back a few months, I was asked if I would be interested in “auditioning” some ethernet cables.… Read the full article

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DAR’s favourite bits of 2017

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This (and not that). Filtering (and not just summarising). Explaining why. Just as the Sieve of Eratosthenes removes all divisible numbers to leave only prime, choosing the best audio products of 2017 is a process of elimination – one that leads us to the prime cuts of the year (just as it did last year).

Remember though: awards are more than a bit silly. Best amplifier below ten grand? Assuming best even exists, no reviewer on the planet has the time to hear/audition more than a handful in any given price range.… Read the full article

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