Mytek Manhattan DAC II

Reference Grade DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier


The Mytek Manhattan DAC II is our reference level DAC/preamp/headphone amplifier with an impressive array of features and specifications. We like it because it can be configured with a network card making it a Roon endpoint and/or a phono card for adding a turntable. It also features MQA rendering and decoding for high-resolution streaming. The sound is studio grade and that should come as no surprise given that Mytek also makes a line of recording studio converters and DACs used to make the very music we enjoy! 

The Manhattan II has been awarded Stereophile Product of the Year for 2017. 




Manhattan DAC II features include:

  • World's highest performance 130dB Sabre 9038 DAC chipset
  • 32 bit integer Class 2 USB2 driverless audio interface
  • World class transparent analog preamp attenuators
  • Roon Ready optional network card
  • MQA ® hardware decoder
  • Improved optional phono preamplifier card
  • New, easy to navigate menu system

The Manhattan DAC II design uses the same chassis, same power supply, and front panel circuits as the original Manhattan. It uses a completely new, redesigned main board. This offers a substantial sound quality upgrade. Significantly better detail and resolution, and state of the art transparent analog preamplifier performance.




Conversion: PCM up to 384k, 32bit, MQA ®, native DSD up to DSD256, DXD, 130dB Dynamic Range.
MQA Hi-Res DECODER: built in certified hardware MQA ® decoder
Digital Inputs: USB2 Class2 (OSX, Linux driverless, all formats), AES/EBU (PCM up to 384k, up to DSD128 DOP), 3x S/PDIF (PCM up to 192k, up to DSD128 DoP), Toslink, SDIF3 DSD up to DSD256
Analog Inputs: RCA Line In switchable to Phono with Optional Phono Card insterted, second pair of RCA Line In, third pair XLR Balanced Line In. Analog inputs are router through minimalpath state of the art analog attenuator directly to analog and headphone outputs.
Analog Outputs: RCA, balanced XLR, simultaneous, 50 Ohm impedance
Headphone Outputs: Reference High Current, High transient Headphone Amp, 500mA, 6 Watts, 0 Ohm out impedance. Dual headphone jacks, designed to drive demanding headphones. Balanced operation w/optional Mytek adapter.
Built-In Attenuator: Choice of 1dB step analog attenuator for main out and headphones, 1dB step digital 32bit attenuator or purist relay bypass.
Clock: “Mytek Femtoclock Generator (tm)” 0.82ps internal jitter,
Wordclock Input and Output (allows stacking multiple units for
multichannel operation, includes mch DSD)
Audio Recording Function For Digital Sources: All digital inputs can be routed into computer via USB2. Allows connection of external digital sources such as CD Players and digitizing ADCs.
Remote: Included, universal remote capable
Firmware: Upgradable via USB Control Panel App (Win and Mac)
Optional Precision Phono Analog Preamp Card: High End M/M, M/C Phono Preamplifier with custom nickel core step up transformer , relay switchable and tunable. Input impedances, transformer ratio, RIAA curves and choice of gain can be changed within the menu or using the remote via relay switches. Optional card is sold separately and is user installable.
Optional "Roon Ready" Network Card: Turns the Manhattan II into network streamer with 24/192k and DSD64 maximum throughput. Compatible w/ Roon, DLNA/UpnP
Power Supply: Switchable 115/230VAC (100V Japanese version available)
Dimensions: W x D x H = 17" x 10.5" x 1.95" = 432 x 267 x 50mm
Weight 16lbs, 8kg
Warranty 2 years



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