Prod-of-Year-2012

Meitner Stereo D/A Converter


With the introduction of Meitner Audio's very first product—the Meitner MA-1 Stereo D/A Converter—cost-no-object performance has suddenly become a whole lot less costly.

How did we do it? By utilizing the award-winning technologies Ed Meitner developed for our EMM Labs line of products. The result is a converter that turns the "you-have-to-spend-a-lot-to-get-a-lot" paradigm on its proverbial ear?

It also happens to turn your computer or media server into a high-end, high-resolution music-making machine.

The Meitner MA-1:
    • Supports sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at
       word lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs
    • Complies with the USB Class 2 audio interface standard
    • Is simple to use. There's nothing to configure. Just plug and play.

MFAST™ asynchronous technology
Feed the MA-1 through any of its six inputs and the Meitner Frequency Acquisition System (MFAST™) instantly acquires the signal, buffers it, then strips jitter out completely. A high-speed asynchronous system, it decouples input from output. MFAST™ ensures that you'll enjoy pristine sonic clarity whether the incoming data stream is pure or anything but.

MDAT™: 2x DSD upsampling
From there, the signal goes straight into the Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT™) which upsamples digital audio to 5.6MHz, double the SACD standard sampling rate.

The world's best dac/clock combination
Our MA-1 features the standard-setting MDAC™ dual differential discrete D-to-A and MCLK™ high-purity master clock modules. Together, they're music to our ears. Yours too, as an audition will quickly prove.

The Meitner MA-1 Stereo D/A Converter. It may be the first audio product that's equally appealing to those on a budget, and those with no budget limitations at all.
Key Features & Specifications:

• Supported sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at word
  lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs:
• 1 x USB
• 1 x AES/EBU
• 2 x TOSLINK S/PDIF
• 2 x COAX S/PDIF
• MFAST™ asynchronous technology for instant signal acquisition, jitter-free
  performance
• MDAT™ signal processing technology:
• Provides 2x DSD upsampling for PCM playback
• Preserves phase, frequency and dynamic integrity of the waveform
• MDAC™ discrete dual differential D-to-A conversion circuit
• MCLK™ high-purity master clock that establishes new benchmarks in jitter
  performance
• Sleek credit-card style remote control included for input switching
• USB service port for future software upgrades
• Serial port for wired remote control
• Power supply:
• Power factor corrected
• Universal 90V-260V, 50/60Hz
• Power consumption: max. 50W
• CE Approved

Stereo analog outputs: Balanced (XLR) and Unbalanced (RCA)
Output voltage (with 0dBfs input):
• XLR outputs: 4.6Vrms (+15.4dBu)
• RCA outputs: 2.3Vrms (+9.4dBu)
Output impedance:
• 300 ohms balanced (XLR)
• 150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)

Dimensions W x D x H: 435 x 400 x 92mm
Weight: 7.43 kg/16.39 lbs net with remote control

Designed and Manufactured in Canada.











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Reviews

Prod-of-Year-2012
 
MA-1 Reviews
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The Computer Audiophile - 09/16/2011 - C.A.S.H. Listed
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Digital-Hall - 03/2012 - "radicalement différent"
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Spécial DAC France - 03/2012 - "l’une des références incontournables"
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Audio-Video Poland - 03/2012 - "MA-1 DAC jest najlepszym" (5 Stars)
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6moons - 03/30/2012 - "exceedingly persuasive"
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Soundstage! HiFi - 05/01/2012 - "...at the Debussy’s level," "Reviewers’ Choice"
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TONE Audio No. 47 - page 163, July 2012. "...signs of greatness"
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stereoplay - page 38, August 2012. "...Klingt musikalisch"
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Soundstage! Network - Product of the Year - Outstanding Performance: Digital-to-Analog Converters "...he laid down his own money to buy an MA-1"
 
Related: EMM Labs DAC2X Review
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The Computer Audiophile - 07/06/2012 - C.A.S.H. Listed
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Audiostream - MA-2 Greatest Bits Award - "It’s the undigital digital" - 07/10/2013
 
 
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MA-1 Support

 
MA-1 Manual V1.4
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Click icon to download latest manual in PDF format.
MA-1_Manual
 
MA-1 Firmwares
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14-March-2012 Update (requires Windows) : RAR - ZIP - ZIP-EXE
"DSD-over-PCM" Upgrade
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This 2-part update adds USB DoP 1.0 style DSD bitstreaming support.
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Please email us with your converter's serial number for the unZip password.
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 us to receive update notices and new info.
 
MA-1 USB-ASIO Driver
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Class-2 USB-Audio drivers (only needed in Windows)
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Version 1.29 : RAR - ZIP
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Version 3.30 (compatible with Windows 7-10) : ZIP
 
DSD Media Players
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JRiver MC Windows 18.0.212 or 19.0.74 or higher - Audirvana Plus 1.5.10 or higher - JRiver MC Mac 19.0.74 or higher - Pure Music 1.89gR3 or higher - Foobar2000 1.2.9 or higher with a beta Plugin