Audiolab's Q-DAC and M-PWR power amp on sale from June

16 May 2013

Audiolab Q-DAC - M-PWR

First spotted at the Bristol Show in February, Audiolab's new more affordable LAB Series Q-DAC and matching M-PWR power amp will go on sale from June for £400 and £500 respectively.

The Audiolab Q-DAC is essentially a stripped-down version of the Award-winning Audiolab M-DAC (£600) created to hit a more affordable price. Like its big brother, the Q-DAC is a digital preamp and headphone amp too.

IAG's director of acoustic design Peter Comeau says it offers "98% of the performance of the M-DAC for £200 less."

"The Q-DAC is developed from the same circuit design [as the M-DAC], removing some of its sibling's less essential feratures while maintaining critical performance elements," says Audiolab.

It does without the remote control circuitry and balanced outputs of the M-DAC, and it has a smaller display. It also only has one coaxial and one optical digital input, where the M-DAC has two of each. There's also a single USB input.

Audiolab Q-DAC - M-PWR

Components include the ESS Saber32 digital-to-analogue converter chip and a 32-bit processor that handles high-resolution audio files. The USB and coaxial inputs handle data up to and including 24-bit/192kHz, while the optical input manages 24-bit/96kHz.

Like the M-DAC it sports seven digital filter settings, enabling the listener to tailor the sound to suit hir or her taste.

Also new to Audiolab's LAB Series is the matching M-PWR stereo power amp, which delivers a claimed 40W per channel into 8 Ohms. It's fitted with single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, plus a pair off speaker terminals.

Both components measure just 25cm wide and 23.6cm deep, in keeping with other LAB Series components. They'll be available next month in a choice of silver or black finishes.

MORE: Audiolab Q-DAC review


By Andy Clough

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Really? £900 for a 40watt amp with 3 digital inputs and no remote control. If the mdac is anything to go by you also get a rather flat and uninvolving pre-amp as well. Lets not forget those subtle at best digital filters, all seven of them. May I suggest that £900 could be spent more effectivly else where.

Add a Mac Mini on top and you've got a pretty cool looking/sounding setup.



I'm testing an M-dac right now. Interesting too know that this version is the same since I don't use balanced, don't need all the digital inputs and it's cheaper.

Your right awesome looks and at 900 pound i can see a few takers on this

wow! am I the only one that thinks this dac/amp combo looks sexy as!?