EMM Labs DA2

World’s First 16xDSD Proprietary Discrete DACs

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Introducing the DA2 – redesigned from the ground up, it features the world’s first 16xDSD DACs and Ed Meitner’s (EMM Labs) latest generation analog stages. The combined performance of both allowing the DA2 to achieve that whole new level of transparency and performance.

The DA2 also features a multitude of inputs allowing a host of connectivity options and support for DSD, 2xDSD and DXD(352 and 384kHz PCM) via USB.

World’s First 16xDSD Proprietary Discrete DACs

MDAC2 is now the world’s first true fully discrete DSD1024/16xDSD D/A converter and still built in-house at EMM Lab’s manufacturing facility in Calgary, Canada. EMM Lab is not willing to accept the inherent non-linearities of every mass-market chip created to date. Neither should you.

Newly Updated MDAT2: 16xDSD Upsampling
The multi-award winning MDAT2 DSP has been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 16xDSD MDAC2. The new MDAT2 DSP performs real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new 16xDSD DACs.

New USB Isolation, MFAST and MCLK2

The DA2 also has Ed’s proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for its USB interface. This allows the DA2 to further isolate its USB interface from noisy source power systems.

Along with MDAT2, MFAST the high-speed asynchronous jitter removal technology and MCLK2 the custom built super accurate clock, has been carefully revised to work synergistically with the new 16xDSD DACs. All culminating in that next level of immersive pristine sonic clarity that has been the definition of every new EMM product.

Key Features
World’s first 16xDSD proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A converters (MDAC2)
Newly designed next generation analog stages
Latest generation 16xDSD Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT2) signal processing technology
Latest generation enhanced MFAST technology for instant signal acquisition and jitter-free performance
Next generation MCLK2 proprietary custom clock
Proprietary USB interface hardware galvanic isolation
24bit,192kHz support on all PCM inputs including USB
DSD, 2xDSD and DXD (352/384kHz) over USB
Exclusive aerospace-grade ceramic circuit boards
EMM Optilink interface for connection to transport
Precision-machined aluminum chassis & remote control
Polarity inversion performed in the digital domain
USB port for future software upgrades
Serial port for wired remote control
New optimized reference power system
– Power factor corrected
– Factory set to 100V or 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
– Power consumption: max. 30 W
CE compliant


Digital inputs:
EMM Optilink (CD/SACD)
Supports up to 24bit, 192kHz on all PCM inputs: AES/EBU, USB Audio, 2x SPDIF Coax, 2x S/PDIF Toslink
USB also supports streaming DSD, 2xDSD, DXD (352 and 384kHz)

Stereo Analog Outputs:

Output Impedance:
300 ohms balanced (XLR)
150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)

Output Levels:
XLR outputs: 4.6V (+15.45dBu)
RCA outputs: 2.3V (+9.45dBu)

Silver and Black Ultrafine CNC Precision Finish
Standard black or premium 24K Gold/Silver/Custom plated insert and buttons

W x D x H: 438 x 400 x 161mm
Weight: 17.2kg