Meridian Audio Ultra DAC digital converter

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Meridian Audio Ultra DAC digital converter

Anyway, this is perhaps a bit of a side-show for the current object of the review, the Meridian Ultra, which turns out to be a very well-built and executed DAC, which is on the pricier end of things, but sounds always civilised and rather beautiful to listen to. If you are looking for a super-analytical DAC that is on the cold side of presentation, then this DAC isn’t for you, but for all others it warrants serious consideration, especially with the growing potential of MQA and what it can and will do.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MQA compatible high-resolution DAC

Audio outputs: 2-channel balanced audio output 
2-channel unbalanced audio output
Outputs driven by four 192 kHz digital to analogue converters

Audio inputs: One USB 2.0 input for connection to a computer. Up to 384 kHz sampling and up to 24-bit precision
Two 2-channel balanced AES3 XLR inputs. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit precision
Two 2-channel 750 Ohm BNC coaxial inputs. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
Two 2-channel digital coaxial S/PDIF inputs. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit One 2-channel Meridian Speakerlink input. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit precision
Two 2-channel digital optical TOSLINK inputs. 44.1kHz to 96kHz sampling and up to 24-bit precision
One network input (Ethernet) for connection to a Meridian Sooloos System

Control signals: Two Meridian Comms 5-pin 240° DIN sockets • RS232 interface for maintenance
Three 12VDC/100mA trigger outputs configurable by source

Controls: Front-panel: Source, DSP, Display, Mute, Off, Volume +/-, Setup, and Menu keys

Dimensions (H×W×D): 175 ×480 ×411mm

WEIGHT: 16kg [35.2lbs]

Price: £15,000

Manufacturer Information: Meridian Audio

URL: meridian-audio.com

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