"Based on what I'd heard I thought this system would reproduce live music very well. I cranked the volume up to what seemed like 100 dB and grabbed the center seat. What I heard literally sounded like a live Nirvana concert. The room in which this system was in was huge and so was the soundstage. The electrostatic panels sounded awesome with the huge EMM amps and the new DA2 DAC. The sound wasn't like a traditional audiophile system at a show, rather it was life-like with air and immediacy in a way that made other systems sound a bit closed in and boxy. I think I could have played the entire Unplugged album with my eyes closed and seriously felt like I was sitting in Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993."
-Chris Connaker (computeraudiophile.com RMAF 2015 recap)
"The sound was absorbing. I put down my pen and note pad and just listened. When I finally picked them up again, this is what I wrote: “I can stop here. If it gets any better than this, I don’t need to know."
-Fred Crowder (Dagogo.com July 2016)
The DA2 is EMM Labs next generation flagship DAC. Re-designed from the ground up, Ed Meitner has once again created a DAC that significantly moves the bar in terms of transparency, accuracy and overall sound quality.
New in the DA2:
Improved analog stages are now at a whole different level of transparency and performance
MDAC™ is now the world’s first true fully discrete 16xDSD/DSD1024 D/A converter. Completely built in-house at EMM Labs' manufacturing facility in Canada.
EMM Labs' multi-award winning MDAT2™ DSP has also been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 16xDSD MDAC™. The new MDAT2™ DSP does real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new 16xDSD MDAC™
Proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for the USB Audio interface
Every other system from its proprietary jitter removal MFAST™ to its super accurate clock, MCLK™ has been carefully revised for better sound.Inputs -> 1xAES, 1xUSB Audio, 2xSPDIF, 2xTOSLINKOutputs -> Balanced and un-balanced analog outputs (both can be used at the same time)
With EMM Labs' MDAT™ DSP engine and MDAC™ already running at 16xDSD (DSD1024, 45Mhz/49Mhz) this unit is basically future proof and now performs at a whole different level/generation of performance than the DAC2X.
Silver with titanium insert and buttons (pictured)
Black with black insert and buttons
Premium finish with plated inserts/buttons: 24K gold, Nickel/Silver and custom finish available.