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  • USB input 24bits/192kHz
  • Coax and Toslink inputs
  • Extremely low jitter (less than 50ps)
  • Separate master clock for 44.1kHz and 48kHz
  • Dedicated Power Supplies; one for digital, one for analog
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B009T989IS
  • Item model number: MyDac
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,734 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 19, 2012

Product Description

Micromega MyDAC: A Miraculous New Digital Audio Solution Micromega's MyDac is a fantastic asynchronous 24/192 DAC at a price far less than its performance would suggest. Incredibly wide soundstaging, well-controlled bass, and crisp, articulate highs all flow forth from this little miracle. You won't believe how good your digital setup sounds after integrating the MyDac into your system. With both USB and TosLink inputs, virtually any digital source can be improved by the addition of the MyDac. "I dropped the MyDAC into my reference system and was shocked by how good it sounded for the price. The Micromega gives you some sonic attributes usually reserved for much more expensive DACs-qualities like air around instruments, a sense of three-dimensional space, and a laid-back sense of ease. Through the Micromega, instruments don't sound like flat cardboard cutouts; they are instead fully fleshed out three-dimensional images surrounded by a wonderful bloom. In these qualities, the Micromega's sound would not be out of place in a $2000 DAC. Timbres are remarkably smooth and free from grain. The bass is solid and tight, although the very lowest bass lacks ultimate authority." - Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound The MyDAC's USB input works in asynchronous mode up to 24bits/192kHz and accepts USB audio class 1.0 and USB audio class 2.0 modes without any driver implementation for Mac, and a custom Micromega driver for PC. The MyDAC also delivers measurably insignificant jitter in USB asynchronous mode thanks to two very low jitter master clocks (22.5792 MHz for multiple of 44.1kHz and 24.5760 MHz for multiple of 48kHz), with dedicated low noise power supplies, for the clearest, cleanest, smoothest sound imaginable from your digital files. The MyDAC uses no capacitors in either the audio signal path or the power supply path for an absolute minimum of electrical interference. The MyDAC is also the only DAC at this price point wit

Customer Reviews

I thought this cannot be right, something is wrong.
Jason A. Collier
I would say it has a very smooth sound no harshness at all.
TCM
In either case, the sound leaves me wanting for nothing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan on February 17, 2013
I have all of my music on computer, and run the Mydac via USB to my receiver for passthrough to an external amplifier. 2.1 sounds great. I took off a star because of the difficulty upgrading the firmware and getting the drivers to work with Windows (although I am using WHS 2011 which is not very polished). I had to do it manually as the exe file provided by MyDac errored repeatedly in the device manager as unknown. Once set, though, all I can say is wow. I never knew what I was missing.

Just for info, you have to provide the serial number on the back of the unit to download the drivers and a firmware upgrade. Their online directions want you to install a 1.2x driver, then firmware upgrade (always scary) then a 1.5x driver to take full advantage of the DAC's bitrate (USB 2). The 1.2x driver loaded fine, as did the firmware. I kept getting errors on the 1.5x driver, and finally went into the device manager of windows, and manually pointed to the downloaded 1.5x driver which then installed correctly. That's a lot of work if you aren't familiar with windows gobbledeegook. No driver downloads necessary if you are using a Mac.

1/30/14
Windows 8 is not 'unknown driver' friendly. Either is the Mydac. Hold the Shift key during restart to access ability to install unsigned drivers. I am dinging this dac another star because of usb drops at 24/192 settings (pops and static). This on multiple computers, 3 operating systems, and various cables. Troubleshooting this, I have learned a lot about digital audio and the myth and potential harm to sound at these settings. The static disappears at rational settings. The article on xiph '24/192 music downloads are very silly indeed' is quite enlightening.

I stand behind the sound of the Mydac (at rational rate levels) but it can't perform as advertised because of USB dropout. After reading this article and performing some of the tests there, however, I see no point in those settings anyway. Judge for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Himelfarb on March 2, 2014
When I am using my external decks or players to feed "Redbook" directly to Toslink or Coax, this unit is currently a marvel for the price!

From any USB source, it is almost impossible to enjoy. Too many random ticks and pops.

I wonder if Micromega can solve this with an Eprom update or better Windows driver. Please... try.

If something is not corrected soon I will be selling this otherwise wonderful unit and exploring other possible solutions for my system.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Collier on January 9, 2014
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I am dumbfounded right now.... I ordered this unit based on very good reviews but wow, is this thing going back. I use USB off a PC to my DAC. I have tried several sub $1,000 DACs out there and saw that the Micromega MyDac does 24/192k via USB. I thought... super.... as most of my files are 24/192k ripped from dbPoweramp. Well, the install went incredibly smooth and playback started fine and was reading the 24/192k. Then I switched to another track (that happened to be 24/96k) and POP! A pretty significant popping sound from the speakers.... not mild.... VERY noticeable. I thought this cannot be right, something is wrong. I restarted the PC, restarted the JRiver software and turned off the MyDac and unplugged the USB and power cord. Turned everything back on and still doing it. It is even popping sometimes in the middle of a song. I cannot believe there is not more discussion about this issue.... WOW. Extremely dissapointed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josquin DesPrez on June 10, 2013
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This has excellent sound - a really noticeable improvement over the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic. Hopefully, it won't die in less than 3 years as the Cambridge did. (In fact I've also bought 2 cambridge amps, both of which failed. No more Cambridge...the English still don't know what quality control means.)

I'd like this even more if it had more inputs and outputs, including balanced. (This is what was good about the Cambridge DAC Magic.)

Update:
THe unit has developed a very short, but loud static blip that sounds every time the unit picks up a new stream from one of its inputs. Not a disaster, but very unpleasant.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TCM on February 21, 2013
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I had been wanting to purchase a DAC for awhile. I read several great reviews for the MyDAC and thought this is the one. I can't say I was disappointed either. The MyDAC has great sonic characteristics for the money. I would say it has a very smooth sound no harshness at all. Great detail on percussion etc. I did some AB comparisons using the DAC in my Denon AVR and found that DAC in my Denon sounded flat compared to the MyDAC. I would recommend this product for someone looking for a DAC for under $500
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