M2Tech has introduced the Young MkIV DAC/preamplifier. Following the path opened by the previous models Young 384/32 DAC, Young DSD and Young MkIII, the new Young MkIV improves the sonic qualities of its predecessors, while adding more useful features.

The Young MkIV encompasses a wealth of changes and improvement over the MkIII design, most notably the adoption of the Asahi-Kasei AK4497 conversion IC which allows for handling 768kHz PCM and 512x DSD. An I2S input in PS Audio format is now available, to interface with streamers and other digital sources provided with I2S output. The input set includes a Bluetooth®  receiver with aptX® and a single-ended analogue input, so that the Young MkIV may be used as a preamplifier to drive a power amp or powered speakers, also thanks to the output voltage doubling feature which allows the Young MkIV to deliver up to 10Vrms (balanced) and 5Vrms (single-ended).

The new MTech Young MKIV Dac/Preamplifier

Headphones

To improve versatility, the Young MkIV now sports a high quality headphones output, driven by a class-AB linear amplifier. Line outputs are now available in both single-ended and balanced mode. The volume control allows for independently setting the volume for each of thee outputs.

The new MTech Young MKIV Dac/Preamplifier rear panel connections

MQA

MQA  is now decoded on all inputs, therefore it’s possible to connect a CD player to the Young MkIV coaxial input, for instance, and listen to MQA -encoded CD in high resolution.

The Young MkIV takes advantage from many refinements of the original design, namely in the supply circuit, in the analogue section and in the high quality output buffer with digitally-controlled analogue volume control.

The human interface retains the high-contrast OLED display from the Young MkIII. The unit can now be controlled via Bluetooth from both iOS and Android devices thanks to two app purposely provided for free by M2Tech.

The new MTech Young MKIV Dac/Preamplifier features MQA decoding on all inputs

Specifications

Inputs:

Analogue single-ended (RCA)

S/PDIF (RCA)

AES/EBU (XLR)

Optical (Toslink)

USB 2.0 high speed

Bluetooth©

I2S (HDMI, PS Audio standard)

Outputs:

Analogue balanced (XLR)

Analogue single-ended (RCA)

Trigger (jack 3.5mm)

Sample frequencies:

PCM 44.1kHz to 768kHz

DoP 64X to 256X

Native DSD 64x to 512x

PCM resolution:

16 bits to 32 bits

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

122dBA (single-ended and balanced)

THD+N:

0.0008% @ 5Vrms out balanced

Output Voltage:

2.5Vrms or 5Vrms (single-ended)

5Vrms or 10Vrms (balanced)

5.5Vrms (headphones)

12VDC (trigger)

Output impedance:

100 Ohms (single-ended)

200 Ohms (balanced)

Input impedance:

47 kOhms (analogue)

75 Ohms (SPDIF)

110 Ohms (AESEBU)

100 Ohms (I2S)

Supply voltage:

15VDC

Power Consumption:

5.7W (operational)

0.15W (standby)

Size:

200x200x50mm (wxdxh)

Weight:

net 2kg (including ancillaries)

gross 2.5kg

Price

From around £2,100

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