The DA2 V2 Reference Stereo DAC is EMM Labs’ flagship DAC. When the opportunity arose for me to hang onto the review sample from the BIG system for closer inspection, I took it (not literally, mind you).
From EMM Labs:
Our multi-award winning MDAT2™ DSP has been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 16xDSD MDAC2™. The new MDAT2™ DSP does real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new 16xDSD DACs.
16xDSD proprietary discrete dual differential D-to-A converters (MDAC2™)
New high High/Low output gain control
Latest generation Meitner Digital Audio Translator signal processing technology (MDAT2™)
Enhanced technology for instant signal acquisition and jitter-free performance (MFAST™)
Proprietary asynchronous clocking system (MCLK2™)
USB interface with custom hardware galvanic isolation
Up to 24bit/192kHz & DSD support over all inputs
2xDSD, DXD (352/384kHz) & MQA® support over USB
User controlled signal polarity
Custom aerospace-grade ceramic circuit boards
EMM Optilink for transport or streamer connection
Precision-machined aluminum chassis & remote control
Service USB port for future software upgrades
RS-232 serial port for wired remote control
I intend to use the DA2 V2 with the EMM Labs NS1 Streamer that also hung around for longer term listening. The two connect via a EMM’s proprietary EMM Optilink interface, a fiber connection that provides galvanic isolation for the DAC. The NS1 is Roon Ready, which we all know is how I like to roll.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Ed Meitner, the designer behind all EMM Labs gear, had more than a hand in the development of digital audio technology so I’m more than excited to have his flagship DAC in-Barn.
EMM Optilink (CD/SACD)
AES/EBU, 2x S/PDIF Coax, 2x S/PDIF, TOS & USB up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD
USB also supports 2xDSD, DXD (352/384kHz) & MQA®
Stereo Analog Outputs: XLR and RCA
Output Impedance: 300 ohms balanced (XLR) | 150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)
Output Levels (High/Low): XLR outputs: 7.0/5.0V (+19.1/16.2dBu) | RCA outputs: 3.5/2.5V (+13.1/10.2dBu)
Dimensions: W x D x H: 438 x 400 x 161mm