Meitner Stereo D/A Converter

With the introduction of Meitner Audio's very first product—the Meitner MA-1 Stereo D/A Converter—cost-no-object performance has suddenly become a whole lot less costly.

How did we do it? By utilizing the award-winning technologies Ed Meitner developed for our EMM Labs line of products. The result is a converter that turns the "you-have-to-spend-a-lot-to-get-a-lot" paradigm on its proverbial ear?

It also happens to turn your computer or media server into a high-end, high-resolution music-making machine.

The Meitner MA-1:
    • Supports sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at
       word lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs
    • Complies with the USB Class 2 audio interface standard
    • Is simple to use. There's nothing to configure. Just plug and play.

MFAST™ asynchronous technology
Feed the MA-1 through any of its six inputs and the Meitner Frequency Acquisition System (MFAST™) instantly acquires the signal, buffers it, then strips jitter out completely. A high-speed asynchronous system, it decouples input from output. MFAST™ ensures that you'll enjoy pristine sonic clarity whether the incoming data stream is pure or anything but.

MDAT™: 2x DSD upsampling
From there, the signal goes straight into the Meitner Digital Audio Translator (MDAT™) which upsamples digital audio to 5.6MHz, double the SACD standard sampling rate.

The world's best dac/clock combination
Our MA-1 features the standard-setting MDAC™ dual differential discrete D-to-A and MCLK™ high-purity master clock modules. Together, they're music to our ears. Yours too, as an audition will quickly prove.

The Meitner MA-1 Stereo D/A Converter. It may be the first audio product that's equally appealing to those on a budget, and those with no budget limitations at all.
Key Features & Specifications:

• Supported sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at word
  lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs:
• 1 x USB
• 1 x AES/EBU
• MFAST™ asynchronous technology for instant signal acquisition, jitter-free
• MDAT™ signal processing technology:
• Provides 2x DSD upsampling for PCM playback
• Preserves phase, frequency and dynamic integrity of the waveform
• MDAC™ discrete dual differential D-to-A conversion circuit
• MCLK™ high-purity master clock that establishes new benchmarks in jitter
• Sleek credit-card style remote control included for input switching
• USB service port for future software upgrades
• Serial port for wired remote control
• Power supply:
• Power factor corrected
• Universal 90V-260V, 50/60Hz
• Power consumption: max. 50W
• CE Approved

Stereo analog outputs: Balanced (XLR) and Unbalanced (RCA)
Output voltage (with 0dBfs input):
• XLR outputs: 4.6Vrms (+15.4dBu)
• RCA outputs: 2.3Vrms (+9.4dBu)
Output impedance:
• 300 ohms balanced (XLR)
• 150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)

Dimensions W x D x H: 435 x 400 x 92mm
Weight: 7.43 kg/16.39 lbs net with remote control

Designed and Manufactured in Canada.



MA-1 Reviews
The Computer Audiophile - 09/16/2011 - C.A.S.H. Listed
Digital-Hall - 03/2012 - "radicalement différent"
Spécial DAC France - 03/2012 - "l’une des références incontournables"
Audio-Video Poland - 03/2012 - "MA-1 DAC jest najlepszym" (5 Stars)
6moons - 03/30/2012 - "exceedingly persuasive"
Soundstage! HiFi - 05/01/2012 - " the Debussy’s level," "Reviewers’ Choice"
TONE Audio No. 47 - page 163, July 2012. "...signs of greatness"
stereoplay - page 38, August 2012. "...Klingt musikalisch"
Soundstage! Network - Product of the Year - Outstanding Performance: Digital-to-Analog Converters "...he laid down his own money to buy an MA-1"
Related: EMM Labs DAC2X Review
The Computer Audiophile - 07/06/2012 - C.A.S.H. Listed
Audiostream - MA-2 Greatest Bits Award - "It’s the undigital digital" - 07/10/2013

MA-1 Support

MA-1 Manual V1.4
Click icon to download latest manual in PDF format.
MA-1 Firmwares
14-March-2012 Update (requires Windows) : RAR - ZIP - ZIP-EXE
"DSD-over-PCM" Upgrade
This 2-part update adds USB DoP 1.0 style DSD bitstreaming support.
Please email us with your converter's serial number for the unZip password.
 us to receive update notices and new info.
MA-1 USB-ASIO Driver
Class-2 USB-Audio drivers (only needed in Windows)
Version 1.29 : RAR - ZIP
Version 3.30 (compatible with Windows 7-10) : ZIP
DSD Media Players
JRiver MC Windows 18.0.212 or 19.0.74 or higher - Audirvana Plus 1.5.10 or higher - JRiver MC Mac 19.0.74 or higher - Pure Music 1.89gR3 or higher - Foobar2000 1.2.9 or higher with a beta Plugin