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Specifications

General Description Power Amplifier
Rated Output Power 40W x 2 (8Ω)
60W x 2 (4Ω)
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.008% (10W 1kHz)
<0.05% (10W, 20Hz-20kHz)
Frequency Response -0.5dB (20Hz-20kHz, ref. 1KHz)
Input Sensitivity 600mV (RCA line in)
Input Impedance 10kΩ (Balanced), 20kΩ (Unbalanced)
Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N) 106dB (A Weighted, ref. 40W)
Dimension (W x H x D) 246.5 x 114 x 252mm
Net Weight 4.7kg
Finish Silver / Black
  • M-DAC
    M-DAC
  • M-CDT
    M-CDT
  • Q-DAC
    Q-DAC
Overview
4 In A Row
M-DAC has won What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision awards 4 years in a row, this year winning best DAC £500-£700. Although M-DAC has a vast array of features including USB, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, it's winning feature without doubt its scintillating sound quality.

M-DAC Awards:

• 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Product Of The Year
• 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5* Award
• 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - 5* Award
• 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - Editors Choice
• 2012: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Best Digital Headphone Amp
• 2012: Hi-Fi News - Outstanding Product
• 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - Group Test Winner
• 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Globe Award
• 2014: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Best DAC £500 - £700
• 2015: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5* Recommended Laptop System (with Grado SR325E / Macbook Air)
Overview
4 In A Row
M-DAC has won What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision awards 4 years in a row, this year winning best DAC £500-£700. Although M-DAC has a vast array of features including USB, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, it's winning feature without doubt its scintillating sound quality.

M-DAC Awards:

• 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Product Of The Year
• 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5* Award
• 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - 5* Award
• 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - Editors Choice
• 2012: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Best Digital Headphone Amp
• 2012: Hi-Fi News - Outstanding Product
• 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - Group Test Winner
• 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Globe Award
• 2014: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Best DAC £500 - £700
• 2015: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5* Recommended Laptop System (with Grado SR325E / Macbook Air)
Overview
What More Do You Need?
Now it’s easy to combine three neatly designed and space saving components – M-CDT, M-DAC (or M-NET) and M-PWR to make a complete source and amplification system.

The combination of LAB Series components offers access for you to enjoy all your music sources, analog or digital - all you need now is your speakers!
Overview
What More Do You Need?
Now it’s easy to combine three neatly designed and space saving components – M-CDT, M-DAC (or M-NET) and M-PWR to make a complete source and amplification system.

The combination of LAB Series components offers access for you to enjoy all your music sources, analog or digital - all you need now is your speakers!
Technology
Half Width, Full Sound
Equipped with a slot-loading mechanism, the M-CDT comes armed with a sophisticated digital decoder which feeds digital coax and optical outputs to deliver maximum versatility. The trigger In and Out links enable remote switching of auto power on/off in installation environments, as well as set-ups where the users stacks the new CD transport with other Audiolab LAB Series models.

Audio performance, as you would expect from a machine from the makers of the celebrated 8200CD, is exceptional. Compact in size it may be, but the M-CDT design is built upon many years of CD technology know-how, enabling it to sonically punch way beyond its 2.9kg weight.
Technology
Half Width, Full Sound
Equipped with a slot-loading mechanism, the M-CDT comes armed with a sophisticated digital decoder which feeds digital coax and optical outputs to deliver maximum versatility. The trigger In and Out links enable remote switching of auto power on/off in installation environments, as well as set-ups where the users stacks the new CD transport with other Audiolab LAB Series models.

Audio performance, as you would expect from a machine from the makers of the celebrated 8200CD, is exceptional. Compact in size it may be, but the M-CDT design is built upon many years of CD technology know-how, enabling it to sonically punch way beyond its 2.9kg weight.
Technology
Adaptable Hi-Res Performance
High-res 24-bit/192kHz music files can be played on the M-DAC via the coaxial input, while optical and USB inputs support 24-bit/96kHz data. While enjoying the high resolution audio via its digital inputs a wide choice of filters are available to optimise your listening experience for a variety of audio formats and personal preferences.

• Optimal Spectrum
This filter implements sampling theory and is designed for near perfect technical response in the frequency domain.

• Optimal Transient
This filter exhibits no ringing and the transient nature of the music is preserved. Although exhibiting ‘lesser’ performance in technical measurements, sound from this type of filter has a purity and ‘naturalness’ that more than compensates for the lack of technical specifications. There are three optimal transient folders which produce identical frequency and time domain response but the internal structure of the filter varies for subtle sonic nuances.

• Sharp Rolloff
This filter typifies industrial standard characteristics (-6dB at 1/2 Fs with significant time-domain ringing) and is included here for comparison purposes.

• Slow Rolloff
The slow rolloff starts rolling off at a lower frequency than the sharp rolloff but has a gentle rate of attenuation and significantly less ‘time domain ringing’

• Minimum Phase
The minimum phase filter has a gentle attenuation slope similar to the slow rolloff option, however it exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain. It can be likened to an analogue filter applied in the digital domain.
Technology
Adaptable Hi-Res Performance
High-res 24-bit/192kHz music files can be played on the M-DAC via the coaxial input, while optical and USB inputs support 24-bit/96kHz data. While enjoying the high resolution audio via its digital inputs a wide choice of filters are available to optimise your listening experience for a variety of audio formats and personal preferences.

• Optimal Spectrum
This filter implements sampling theory and is designed for near perfect technical response in the frequency domain.

• Optimal Transient
This filter exhibits no ringing and the transient nature of the music is preserved. Although exhibiting ‘lesser’ performance in technical measurements, sound from this type of filter has a purity and ‘naturalness’ that more than compensates for the lack of technical specifications. There are three optimal transient folders which produce identical frequency and time domain response but the internal structure of the filter varies for subtle sonic nuances.

• Sharp Rolloff
This filter typifies industrial standard characteristics (-6dB at 1/2 Fs with significant time-domain ringing) and is included here for comparison purposes.

• Slow Rolloff
The slow rolloff starts rolling off at a lower frequency than the sharp rolloff but has a gentle rate of attenuation and significantly less ‘time domain ringing’

• Minimum Phase
The minimum phase filter has a gentle attenuation slope similar to the slow rolloff option, however it exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain. It can be likened to an analogue filter applied in the digital domain.
Technology
Low Distortion, Dynamic Sound
The M-PWR is a compact stereo power amp designed to be the perfect partner for LAB Series CD and DACs. The other players enable the user to with between digital music sources and adjust volume levels; all you need to add in order to create a diminutive yet enormously capable digital music system is a suitable pair of speakers.

The M-PWR incorporates both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs and supplies 40W per channel into 8 Ohms. Despite its conveniently compact footprint - 25cm wide and 23.6cm deep, in keeping with the other lab Series components - We have engineered an uncompromised circuit design that delivers ultra-low distortion and a crisp dynamic sound.

Of course M-PWR is not only suitable for use with LAB Series players. It can be connected to anything with a volume control - a pre amplifier, a CD player with a variable output or even the headphone output of a computer.
Technology
Low Distortion, Dynamic Sound
The M-PWR is a compact stereo power amp designed to be the perfect partner for LAB Series CD and DACs. The other players enable the user to with between digital music sources and adjust volume levels; all you need to add in order to create a diminutive yet enormously capable digital music system is a suitable pair of speakers.

The M-PWR incorporates both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs and supplies 40W per channel into 8 Ohms. Despite its conveniently compact footprint - 25cm wide and 23.6cm deep, in keeping with the other lab Series components - We have engineered an uncompromised circuit design that delivers ultra-low distortion and a crisp dynamic sound.

Of course M-PWR is not only suitable for use with LAB Series players. It can be connected to anything with a volume control - a pre amplifier, a CD player with a variable output or even the headphone output of a computer.