McIntosh Laboratory has launched a new DAC/preamp with a price tag of just £2,995. The new D100 is a remote-McIntosh_d100controlled DAC/preamplifier with five digital inputs that brings the McIntosh sound to connected digital devices.

With its five digital inputs (2x coaxial, 2x optical and 1x USB), and both variable and fixed volume audio outputs, the D100 is suited to “exploiting the full potential of today’s digital devices, while delivering the legendary McIntosh sound quality”. 

The unit is distinctly McIntosh, too: it shares the same classic visuals, controls and hand-crafted black-glass front panels as all the other McIntosh components and has a compact, 10cm-tall chassis.

The D100 has an eight-channel, 32-bit/192kHz D/A converter, used in stereo Quad Balanced mode, with wide dynamic range and extremely low distortion. It also has a powerful built-in headphone amplifier, plus both balanced and unbalanced outputs.

D100 digital preamplifier specifications

Distortion                                                                        0.002%
Frequency response                                                      (+0, -3db) 4Hz to 68kHz
Maximum output voltage (balanced/unbalanced)           16/8V rms
Input impedance (balanced/unbalanced)                        44kohm, 22kohm
Signal to noise ratio                                                        110db
Headphone output                                                          6.35mm
Variable outputs unbalanced                                          1x stereo
Variable outputs balance                                                1x stereo
Digital USB input                                                             1x 2.0, 32-bit/192k asynchronous
Digital S/PDIF inputs                                                       2x Opt., 2x Coax, 24/192
Power control output                                                       1x
Rear panel data ports                                                     1x
Rear panel IR sensor input                                              1x
Dimensions (WxHxD)                                                        44.45×9.8cmx40.64cm
Weight                                                                              6.1kg

The D100 sells for £2,995 and is available now.


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