Australian HIFI - - SOUND BITES -

Mu­si­cal Fidelity has re­leased its M6S DAC/Head­phone am­pli­fier, which uses a high-qual­ity 32-bit/768kHz ca­pa­ble ESS Sabre Pro ES9028PRO Hyper­stream II en­gine. Ac­cord­ing to Mu­si­cal Fidelity, this en­ables the M6S to have only 0.0004% to­tal har­monic dis­tor­tion and a signalto-noise ra­tio of more than 119dB. Stereo sep­a­ra­tion is claimed to be bet­ter than 120dB across the au­dio band.

The Mu­si­cal Fidelity M6S has seven in­puts (Coax­ial×3, Op­ti­cal×3 and USB) and can ac­cept all data rates up to 32-bit 768kHz and DSD 64/128. All in­puts are up­sam­pled to 32/768. The out­put stage has both fixed and vari­able sin­gle-ended and bal­anced out­puts.

Tim Sleath, of Au­dio Mar­ket­ing, which dis­trib­utes Mu­si­cal Fidelity in Aus­tralia, told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi Mag­a­zine that the M6SDAC’s sound qual­ity gave the in­stant im­pres­sion of ef­fort­less grace and trans­parency. ‘ There is a sen­sa­tion of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the artists that is hyp­notic and com­pelling,’ he said. ‘ It is so mu­si­cally in­te­grated: the whole sound is sweet and clear; the tre­ble is com­pletely grain free and ex­tended. The bot­tom end sounds end­less with tac­tile bass dy­nam­ics and the sound­stag­ing is ex­cel­lent: you get a very pal­pa­ble sense of the record­ing venue, so that it places per­form­ers in a real-time holo­graphic space.’ Avail­able now in black or sil­ver fin­ishes, the Mu­si­cal Fidelity M6S DAC/Head­phone am­pli­fier sells for $2,699 (RRP). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Au­dio Mar­ket­ing on (02) 9882 3877 or at­diomar­ket­

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