McIntosh introduces next-generation digital audio upgrade

McIntosh is enabling its customers to benefit from the latest hi-res digital audio advances by offering a next-generation DAC upgrade.

Its most advanced device for processing high-resolution digital audio, McIntosh introduces the new DA2 Digital Audio Module. 

Future-proofed, products with the original DA1 module can be upgraded to the newer DA2 via dealers. 

Offering an expanded set of capabilities, the DA2 includes a new audio-only HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC), enabling upgraded compatible TV sound quality when listening through a connected home stereo system. 

The ARC feature provides two-way communication between the DA2-equipped McIntosh unit and the TV, allowing for volume control and lip syncing functions. 

Dolby and DTS multichannel formats are supported on the DA2, and are converted to two-channel audio for proper playback through any DA2-equipped unit. 

DA2 Angle hi res

Improving upon the DSD256 limit of the DA1, the DA2’s USB input supports native playback of up to DSD512 (plus DXD up to 384kHz).

Next-generation, Quad Balanced, eight-channel, 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) drives the DA2 and supports increased DSD playback. The DAC also offers both an improved dynamic range and lower total harmonic distortion compared to the DA1. 

Offering the same connections as the DA1, the DA2 features two coaxial, two optical, one USB and one proprietary MCT connections. The coaxial and optical inputs can decode digital music up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. The proprietary MCT input offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of high-definition audio found on SACDs when paired with McIntosh’s MCT series of SACD/CD transports. 

The upgradeable McIntosh models include MA9000, MA8900, MA7200, and MA5300 integrated amplifiers. While still upgradeable, the MAC7200 receiver and C49 preamplifier will continue to come with the DA1 installed. 

Advancing to the DA2 is an optional dealer-installed upgrade that must be performed by an authorised McIntosh dealer or authorised McIntosh service agency. 

The DA2 Digital Audio Module Upgrade Kit is available to order now through authorised McIntosh dealers with shipping expected to begin in December for the UK and November for the US. 

Pricing for the DA2 Digital Audio Module Upgrade Kit is £1,295.

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