A true milestone in the history of one of the brands most closely linked to the legendary “British sound”: Musical Fidelity. This is how they define the new M6x DAC digital audio processor its creators, as a consequence of concentrate of technical refinements that houses inside, from a new D/A conversion circuitry with Double Differential Mode architecture to the innovative Super Silent power transformer, through substantial improvements in the firmware and the increasingly attractive Roon Tested approval or compatibility with MQA files. Going deeper into the details of the most sophisticated of Musical Fidelity’s digital processors, we must first highlight the use of the advanced D/A conversion chip ES9038Q2M, integrated into the prestigious Saber range from ESS Technology. Specifically, two units of the same are used mounted in double differential mode, in order to achieve the features of a pure double monophonic design, features that are reinforced by the presence of a exclusive scheme of the Californian firm: he Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. Specifically, the excellent records provided by the aforementioned scheme in parameters such as the signal-to-noise ratio and the level of total harmonic distortion+noise result in an incredibly detailed response to the transistors.
Other advancements incorporated into the DAC section of the M6x DAC are the resampling (which can be activated or deactivated) and resynchronismoptions both managed by two processors (a 16-core XMOS and a CPLD MAX II Altera) in order to guarantee a optimal musicality. On the other hand, both the unbalanced outputs with RCA connectors and their balanced counterparts with XLR connectors include their own separator stage to maximize sound performance by combining a extremely low noisea large output amplitude and one high current handling capacity. The M6x DAC also includes all-new digital filters, a dedicated PCB, and a powerful headphone amplifier with Class AB operation and power supply topology. Compatible with 32-bit/768 kHz PCM-encoded digital files and DSD up to DSD512, the new Musical Fidelity is entirely manufactured in the European Union.
All this passion for excellence has been recognized by the jury of the influential association of specialized technology publications EISA audiovisual (Expert Imaging and Sound Association), which this year awarded the M6x DAC the award for Best DAC 2022-2023 justifying his choice in the following terms: “Signed by a pioneer in DAC matters, the M6x DAC from Musical Fidelity is a worthy successor to the Digilog model with which it all began in 1988. Behind its aluminum chassis, discreet but finely constructed , there is a lot of powerful engineering solutions, including a custom sync clock and a pair of next-generation D/A conversion chips from ESS, which function as a dual-mono design compatible with high-resolution 32-bit/768 kHz and DSD512 content. . When launched, Musical Fidelity offers a amazingly introspective sound image and level of detail, with eight digital filters so that the user can adjust the sound to their tastes. For its part, the available inputs -USB-B and AES/EBU included- will cover practically all types of digital sources. And the M6x DAC is not only an excellent complement for a separation system with separate components based on loudspeakers, but rather It also features a high-quality headphone amplifier.…”