Revolutionary 1-bit technology, enhanced clocking and hybrid oven controlled power supply added to the best USB connection and MF Super Isolation Unit puts NADAC-D ahead of the game
Years Of Experience
The MF NADAC-D builds on years of experience of product development and employs components and technologies that overcome known limitations encountered by many popular products.
Pushing The Limits
NADAC-D has been designed by pushing the limits of every single aspects of the Digital to Analog conversion, making non compromise design decisions and selecting the best theoretical and technical solutions.
Native True 1-bit technology
NADAC-D offers True 1-bit decoding for the first time. Mainstream HiFi decoders on the market generally use two types of technologies: the first is to directly use commercially available DAC ICs, which are audio digital-to-analog converter chips, such as AKM, ESS, and CS products. The second is to use an FPGA/CPLD circuit with discrete components, which is an FPGA/CPLD based Discrete DAC.
The technical specifications of the commercially available AKM/ESS/CS products are good, but their integrated circuit designs are typically treated as “industrial products” that cannot achieve the ultimate performance due to cost and semiconductor technology limitations. There will always be a balance of performance and cost and it is understandable that the end product has to appeal to a wide audience.
On the other hand, using the FPGA/CPLD discrete component scheme can often use powerful high-density logic chips regardless of cost. However, when it comes to converting into analog signals, some low-density but high-performance logic circuits suitable for audio applications are required. The problem is that companies that make these types of ICs will not develop “discrete chips” specifically for the HiFi industry, ending up with the same limitations as the previous solution.
The NADAC-D, Native Sound True 1-bit DAC overcomes this limitation. First, we chose a True 1-bit solution, but this solution is highly dependent on hardware performance, such as clock quality, power supply quality, and high-quality components that match it. Therefore, NADAC-D directly chose to have professional IC manufacturers customize Audiophile Grade components, thus realizing an Advanced ASIC based Discrete DAC.
True 1-bit advantages
Traditional multi-bit DACs, such as 5-bit (AKM), 6-bit (ESS), or R2R 20-bit DACs (TI), all suffer from non-linearity issues. Although the current ESS ES9039 Pro product has almost eliminated these, this technology still has subtle non-linearity issues. True 1-bit DAC has excellent linearity
Tradition mutli-bit DAC
True 1-bit DAC
The challenges of a true 1-bit DAC
It relies heavily on algorithms. An excellent 1-bit processing algorithm (SDM) requires advanced mathematical skills. Master Fidelity has a wealth of experience in algorithm development.
It requires extremely high clock and power supply quality, which can be solved by using excellent analog circuit design. NADAC-D uses a constant temperature power supply technology to ensure maximum performance during clock and digital-to-analog conversion processes.
The biggest challenge is that there are no suitable devices for making 1-bit DACs anymore. Only Philips made the TDA1547 in 1988, but from today’s perspective, it is an outdated technology and has been discontinued.
NADAC-D’s solution is to have specialized integrated circuit companies customize dedicated devices.
Oven-Controlled Power Reference
A constant temperature power supply reference system. Everyone knows about constant temperature oscillators, but power supplies also have temperature-sensitive properties. To ensure the best quality digital-to-analog conversion, NADAC-D uses instrument-grade constant temperature reference systems.
Enhanced Clock System
Whether it is a USB Audio Clock or an AES/SPDIF Recovery Clock, the quality is exceptional. When using the USB Audio 1/F, an external 10MHz can be introduced to further improve the quality. We use two-level frequency synthesis technology, which ensures frequency accuracy and enhances jitter performance, delivering uncompromising quality.
When using AES/SPDIF, the ADD-CDR (Advanced Digital Domain Clock Data Recovery System) is used. Traditional analog CDRs cannot handle low-frequency jitter, but MF ADD-CDR can handle jitter as low as 1Hz, almost eliminating jitter within the audio frequency range, thereby ensuring the best audio quality.
Enhanced Amanero USB Audio Interface
We use a USB solution based on Amanero, which is a tried-and-tested USB audio solution in the HiFi field. We use a specially optimized version that is completely renewed from software to hardware. PCM up to 32-bit 384kHz / DSD up to Native DSD512 are easily achieved.
Optional RAVENNA network audio interface
As a heritage of the Merging Technologies original NADAC, Master Fidelity NADAC D offers an optional RAVENNA network audio connection extension slot allowing to integrate NADAC D in existing RAVENNA or AES67 networks
MF Super Isolation Unit
A Super Isolation Unit is a commonly used choice to improve sound quality in digital-analog hybrid systems. GMR or OOK isolation technologies are widely used in the digital audio field as low-cost and easy-to-use isolation devices, but both types of isolation devices have residual jitter of up to 2nS. Although they isolate noise, they also intensify jitter in the digital audio clock signal, resulting in a cost that outweighs the benefits. The MF Super Isolation Unit uses a specially designed ASIC to optimize the digital audio isolation device, reducing jitter to as low as 110fS.
Hybrid Power Supply
The system uses a hybrid power supply, with the analog system using a transformer-based power supply system, and the digital system using a high-quality switch power supply and multi-stage linear voltage stabilization system.
The MF NADAC-D is not just another DAC or even a direct evolution of a successful DAC. It is an entirely new concept that takes challenges from past developments and overcomes them one by one.
|-108dB @ 1kHz Tone / 10Hz – 20kHzBW
|120dBA @ 10Hz – 20kHz BW / A-Weight
|<0.2dB @ 10Hz – 20kHz
|3dB Step @ 12-Stage
|Channel Gain Error
|<0.1dB @ Any Gain Stage
|Channel Phase Error
|<0.1Deg @ 10Hz – 20kHz
|<120dB @ 10Hz – 20kHz
|USB INT Clock Source Jitter
|<800fS @ 10Hz – 100kHz BW
|USB INT Clock Source Frequency Accuracy
|< 10ppm @ 5 – 45℃
|USB EXT Clock Source Frequency Accuracy
|Fully Follow EXT 10M
|Digital Audio Input Jitter Attenuation
|>20dB @ >100Hz
>60dB @ >700Hz
|Digital Audio Input Locking Range
|Digital Audio Clock Recovery Stage Intrinsic Jitter
10Hz – 100kHz BW
|Analog Balanced Line-Output
|+10dBV(4Vrms) / 200RS
|Analog Single-Ended Line-Output
|+5dBV(2Vrms) / 100RS
|Analog Balanced Headphone-Output
|350mW @ 32RZ
25mW @ 600RZ
|Analog Single-Ended Headphone-Output
|100mW @ 32RZ
6mW @ 600RZ