Chinese brand SMSL has announced August 20th as the release date for their new M500 DAC, though the price is yet to be confirmed.

The new SMSL M500 head/DAC/Pre will support MQA decoding and uses the ES9038PRO digital-to-analogue chip and ES9311 power supply chip. Processing is provided by the XMOS XU-208 to allow 32-bit processing and supporting DoP and Native DSD up to DSD512 via USB.

SMSL claim the low noise and optimized clock processing on the M500 will give “ultra-low” levels of jitter and there is a separate headphone amp designed not to interfere with the main pre’s output.


Inputs: USB, 2 x optical and coaxial.

Outputs: Headphone, RCA and XLR.

THD+N: 0.0002%.

Dynamic Range: XLR 125dB and RCA 120dB.

Signal To Noise Ratio: 120dB

Sampling Rates:

USB – PCM 44.1/768kHz and DSD 2.8224/22.5792MHz

Optical/Coaxial – PCM 44.1/192kHz and DSD64 (DoP)

Size: 85 x 88 x 197mm (WHD)





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