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). It can also be fitted with several options of external power supplies.
Oh, did I mention full hardware-enabled MQA decoding? Yeah, that too. All in a chassis the size of a paperback novel.
I’m not the most budget-conscious guy when it comes to DACs, but the feature list on this little Liberty is impossible to ignore, and the fact that I’ve heard Mytek equipment numerous times over the years, and always been impressed by their build quality, and most importantly their sound quality, leads me to believe that this would be an excellent unit to demo if you have the chance, and are in the market for a small, budget-friendly all-in-one DAC/preamp/headamp.
More information and ordering HERE.