We first caught wind of a new Audiolab DAC back in August last year, but now the company has officially taken the wraps off the newest member of the M-DAC family.

The M-DAC+ (£800) is being touted as a significantly upgraded version of the standard M-DAC, itself a former What Hi-Fi? Award-winner.

Available in silver or black, the new model is based on the same 32-bit ESS Sabre chipset as the original, but there's been a number of major upgrades and design tweaks. These include DSD and 32-bit/384kHz support over USB, and up to 24-bit/192kHz support over its coaxial and optical inputs.

You're provided with the same seven filter settings but the new model gets four additional filters specifically for DSD playback.

The eagle-eyed will also have spotted a new look, which includes a rounded OLED display, dual rotary control set-up and a redesigned remote.

The power supply is now built into the chassis, which helps account for the larger casework, while the M-DAC+ is armed with additional inputs, including an AES/EBU socket and type A USB input - the latter can be used to connect Apple devices.

The M-DAC+ won't replace the existing M-DAC, but will sit alongside it as part of an extended line-up. If you want to catch a glimpse of Audiolab's latest piece of kit in the wild, the M-DAC+ will have its first UK outing at the Headroom show, 29th-30th January at Metropolis Studios, London.

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MickyBlue's picture

when is the actuall release

when is the actuall release date of this product? i have ordered mine blind @ £799 and can't wait to give it a spin. 

pedrito's picture

mdac plus

Previewing 29-30th at headroom show. I believe available by advanced order first week in feb. Was looking to upgrade to mdac from qdac when I got wind of this. Visually, it's stunning and if the hype is on point this is going to be a joy to own.