Mytek Stereo 192-DSD DAC

Mytek Digital has been making A/D and D/A converters for the Pro Audio world since 1992 and they've just entered the world of consumer audio at RAMF 2011 with the introduction of the 1/2-rack sized Stereo 192-DSD DAC. The 192-DSD DAC's name is telling you something about what it can do: 32 bit PCM up to 192kHz, and DSD. The 192 comes in three versions: the Black Preamp version ($1,695) includes LED level meters (and its black), the Silver Preamp version ($1,695) which loses the LEDs (and its silver), and the Mastering version ($1,595) which adds digital DSD inputs to the Black version (its black too). All three have the following inputs - USB (1.1 & Async 2.0), Firewire, S/PDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink (all up to 192kHz), DSD (analog 64x DSD in the Black & Silver and digital 128x in the Mastering), and Wordclock (in/out). Outputs include unbalanced RCA, balanced XLR and a 1/4" headphone jack.

Mytek was set up at a table in the main Lobby so listening was done through headphones. I chose a pair of Sennheiser HD 650s connected to the Black version being fed 24/192 files from a stock Mac Mini running iTunes and Pure Music. I picked a track from A Love Supreme and while it was impossible to drown out the enthusiastic and talkative crowds pouring into the lobby, what I could hear sounded promising - clean, clear and crisp.