Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder

Digital to Analogue Converters by MERIDIAN
MERIDIAN Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder - Grahams Hi-Fi
MERIDIAN Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder - Grahams Hi-Fi
Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder
Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder
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MERIDIAN Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder - Grahams Hi-Fi
MERIDIAN Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder - Grahams Hi-Fi
Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder
Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder

£15,000.00

Ultra DAC Digital to Analogue Decoder

  • Reference Digital to Analogue Converter
  • Dual Mono DAC and seperate digital clock
  • USB up to 24bit/384kHz PCM
  • DXD, DSD64 & DSD128 support (DoP)

Having been a Meridian partner for 40 years, Grahams are proud to introduce you to the latest development in digital audio technology. Having been digital audio pioneers from the start it is of no surprise that Meridian have continued to spend their time developing a new platform to revolutionise the performance achievable from all digital audio.

With considerable connectivity options and format support, including DSD, DXD and MQA, this 24 bit/384 kHz DAC incorporates an extensive list of performance enhancing technologies including dual mono DAC cards, filters, up-sampling and apodizing. It also includes a Sooloos interface card so the Ultra DAC can be used as a standalone streamer, with access to Tidal and Internet radio.

The result is a level of performance never before attained by a digital source.  It really is a step change in musicality, detail and timing. It achieves this by using a dedicated clock card, combined with Meridian’s FIFO buffering, for the ultimate solution in eliminating jitter.

The DAC features patent-pending “Hierarchical Converter Technology developed by MQA” which employs multiple converters to increase resolution whilst also reducing noise and errors. This, combined with multiple regulated power supplies including AC isolation from a linear source, means this product is quite revolutionary – even for Meridian, who are always innovative. 

Beyond how incredible this product sounds, what is surprising about the Ultra DAC is that it is designed to work in any conventional Hi-Fi system, not just Meridian systems. There are no digital outputs to connect to Meridian’s own DSP speakers at all! This DAC only outputs an analogue signal which would be pointless to go back into their digital loudspeakers. Whilst it can function as a pre-amp too, with its variable analogue output, this is a true DAC through and through with only digital inputs.

Grahams recommend you partner this amplifier with:

Please contact us to arrange a demonstration. 

SPECIFICATIONS

AUDIO OUTPUTS

2-channel balanced audio output
2-channel unbalanced audio output
Outputs driven by four 192 kHz digital to analogue converters
The output stage incorporates Hierarchical Converter technology [by MQA]

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 precision
Two 2-channel digital coaxial S/PDIF inputs. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit precision
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
All inputs provide re-nameable legends

CONTROL INPUTS

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
REMOTE CONTROL: Via MSR+ (Supplied) and RS232

DISPLAY

20-character dot-matrix display with adjustable brightness and contrast
Indicators for Emphasis and Phase

POWER

Advanced linear power supply: 100V ac 50/60 Hz | 110-120V ac 50/60Hz | 220-240V ac 50/60Hz
Max power consumption: 40 Watts

DIMENSIONS

HEIGHT: 175mm [6.9in]
WIDTH: 480mm [18.9in]
DEPTH: 411mm [16.2in]
WEIGHT: 16kg [35.2lbs]

CONSTRUCTION

Black finish in metal and glass
Custom Meridian Select colours also available