En Casa Plaskin: Playback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC

Playback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC ($22,000).

DAC with integrated volume control

  • Up to 384kHz PCM and up to 11.2MHz DSD
  • USB I/O, AES, Coax, TosLink, PLink I/O/
  • Balanced and unbalanced analog outputs
  • digitally driven, analog volume control
  • double Differential discrete DAC
  • double Differential ultra high end analog stages per channel
  • three regulated analog power supplies with three transformers
  • Software upgradeable by end user
  • Recording software for file creation on computer
  • Easy and intuitive remote control via iPad or Android


Digital inputs:

USB (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz) AES (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP) Coax (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP) TosLink (PCM up to 96kHz) PLINK optical (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz) PLINK optical (reserved for direct connection of MPT-8 transport)
Analog outputs:
Balanced on XLR connectors Unbalanced on RCA connectors Both analog outputs can be set to fixed values of -6db, -3db, 0db, +3db, +6db and variable for full analog volume control.
DAC architecture:
Discrete with Playback Designs’ own proprietary digital algorithms and dual differential analog output stage. Each analog output stage (for each channel) is completely separated on its own printed circuit board with its own independent linear power supply for maximum performance.
Volume control:
An ultra high end analog volume control can be activated for each channel.
Software update:
Playback Designs already created an excellent reputation with its program to offer free software upgrades with new features or new algorithms that the end user can upload into the DAC without the need to return it to the dealer or manufacturer. This will keep the product always up-to-date with the latest trends and, therefore, will help in keeping the value high for this product.
Remote control:
A hand-held IR control set is provided in a sleek case with lit buttons. The MPD-8 is also equipped with a network interface for remote control via networked apps (future expansion).

Rosie is exhausted after performing her audio duties

DeFgibbon's picture