The company Meitner Audio (a sub-brand of the canadian company EMM Labs) has released a DAC MA3. The device is positioned as a product from the new generation line, combining the experience of EMM Labs in the field of High End and “relatively low” prices.
When creating the MA3, the manufacturer used the technologies and circuits that were developed when creating the DA2 V2 and DV2 DACs. The basis of the novelty were branded MDAC2 chips and MDAT2 processor with upsampling 16xDSD. The volume control “without loss of sound quality” VControl is borrowed from the DV2 model.
The Converter can work with DSD128/2xDSD, DXD and MQA formats. On all inputs (USB, AES, TOSLINK, coaxial and network J45), the device supports quality up to 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD. The 2xDSD (via DoP) and DXD (352/284 kHz) formats are only accepted via USB. MQA processing is also possible via USB and network port.
The manufacturer paid special attention to the USB interface: they used proprietary galvanic isolation and MFAST jitter elimination technology, which works together with a synchronization device based on their own MCLK2 system.
MA3 has a built-in network streamer that allows you to play music from popular services, including Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify. There is UPnP/DLNA support and Roon compatibility. Among other things, you can play tracks directly from a USB drive. The built-in player can handle AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA. You can control the MA3 DAC streamer from the remote control and through the mConnect app for Android and iOS.
The body of the novelty is entirely made of metal. There is an information display on the front panel. Included is a remote control.
In the United States, the cost of the Meitner ma3 multi-function DAC was approximately $10,000.