The DAC 8 was our first device designed to operate purely as a converter, and achieved its fantastic performance through the use of the very finest technologies and uncompromising design.
Its successor is the DAC 8 DSD, which is the result of substantial further development work. It is now capable of processing even DSD formats at ultra-high resolution using a dedicated T+A True One Bit Converter. This means that it features the very latest leading technologies to convert any digital source into perfect analogue signals at ultra-high quality.
The result is that the new DAC 8 DSD is the perfect unit for use with digital sources in a classic High-End system which is not capable of processing digital sources directly, or not at sufficiently high quality. With its superb pre-amplifier and sophisticated volume control the DAC 8 DSD can also drive very high-quality power amplifiers or active speakers, enabling it to take its place as the High-End command centre of a complete system.
It was exactly for this purpose that we developed our high-performance AMP 8 power amplifier. This unit is based on the circuit technology of our HV- and R-series amplifiers, which simply means that it offers superb sound characteristics and very high power reserves in spite of its small physical size.
The new MP 8 Multi Source Player completes the Series 8 range. The MP 8 is based on our R-series MP 2000 R MKII, and is best described as a digital multi-talent. It incorporates a wide range of digital sources, from CD mechanism via high-res streaming client to Bluetooth module, and processes all of them to the highest standard of audiophile quality. Viewed overall, the Series 8 constitutes a comprehensive High-End system offering extremely high performance, despite being amazingly small and compact.
The cases are of all-aluminium construction: the base plate and top cover are machined from solid aluminium plates 6 mm thick, and we make the side and front panels from aluminium profiles which are extruded using special complex tools. All sockets and connections are made from gold-plated pure brass, eliminating all traces of ferro-magnetic materials which could generate interference. The heavy case rests on vibration-damped absorber feet.