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    Monolith Desktop Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology
    Product # 24459
    $479.99
    Out of Stock ETA: 3/9/2018

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    Monolith Desktop Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology

    The Monolith Desktop Headphone DAC Amplifier features cutting edge THX AAA™ technology to bring out the best in your headphones, playback device, and music library. It utilizes the THX AAA-788 amplifier design for an impressive 2x1500mW of high-powered amplification with the world’s lowest distortion and noise. It also features the new flagship AKM AK4493 32-bit stereo Premium DAC with VELVET SOUND™ technology, Dirac Sensaround II decoding for an expanded larger than life soundstage, and a host of balanced, unbalanced, and digital inputs and outputs to ensure users have plenty of ways to connect their playback devices for a high-quality listening experience.

    THX AAA™ Technology:Reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortion by 20-100x for an unbelievably realistic and fatigue-free listening experience, and can reduce power consumption by a factor of 10 for incredibly long battery life. It accomplishes this using a patented topology to null conventional distortion mechanisms and reduce bias current.

    AKM AK4493 DAC: The AKM AK4493 is the new flagship 32-bit stereo Premium DAC. Digital input supports PCM inputs up to 768kHz and DSD input of 2.8MHz/5.6MHz / maximum 11.2MHz the industry's highest level. Internal circuit employs a newly developed 32-bit Digital Filter for the ultimate in sound quality and musicality.

    Dirac Sensaround II: Music is usually mixed with loudspeakers in mind, not headphones. As a result, headphone listening is often plagued by a distorted soundstage—instruments and voices may seem incorrectly placed and trapped inside your head, causing an unnatural listening experience that can result in listener fatigue. Dirac Sensaround II takes a different approach. Listeners can enjoy their favorite media in a way that seems to spread instruments, voices and objects out into space, enveloping the listener exactly as the artist intended. Dirac Sensaround II creates a vast, clear and realistically immersive soundstage free from the constraints of the space in your ear, much like a multi-speaker home theater system. This feature can be toggled on or off.


     
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    Does the volume knob control the analog outputs? ie. Can this function as a preamp for external speakers?
    A shopper on Nov 17, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, the volume knob also controls the analog outputs.
    Does this product not have a pre out or line-level out? Would be nice to use the dac for speakers.
    New User U on Sep 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: To clarify, will this be a true line out, or will it be variable so that we can use this as a pre-amp for powered monitors?
    The picture has the two balanced analog lines labeled as 'analog in', shouldn't that be analog out?
    Justin B on Dec 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The unit has balanced inputs, and unbalanced inputs and outputs. You can use the balanced headphone output on the front as a balanced output.
    what's the output impedance of this amp?
    A shopper on Sep 24, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Staff - it seems that you answered the supported headphone impedance, but what most of us want to know is the actual output impedance of the headphone out on this unit. Will it be below 1ohm so we can use it with more sensitive IEMS and the like?
    is this amp compatible with 220v 50Hz?
    A shopper on Sep 4, 2017
    How big is this amp?
    A shopper on Sep 4, 2017
    will this need to install a driver to use the usb input?
    A shopper on Oct 29, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: For Macs you should not need one but Windows will likely require one to take full advantage of the high resolution formats. It is my understanding that The newest Creators Edition of Windows 10 includes an updated USB 2 driver that supports resolutions higher than 96Khz but I'm not sure of the extent of that support.,
    does the Dirac Sensaround mode work when using the analog imputs or only works with the digital ones?
    A shopper on Sep 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: The Dirac Sensaround will work on both types of inputs.
    Will this come with, or have available, a remote control or IR sensor so that a universal remote control could be used?
    A shopper on Nov 12, 2017
    is the headphone jack 1/8 or 1/4inch?
    A shopper on Sep 29, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: 1/4inch.
    What's the output impedance(not the advertised range of headphone impedance that the amp "supports") of the headphone amp ?
    A shopper on Jan 9, 2018
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    Can Dirac Sensaround II interpret multichannel sources? (and can the DAC receive them?)
    New User U on Oct 31, 2017
    What are the dimensions?
    A shopper on Oct 23, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Final dimensions are not complete, but it will be relatively compact.
    Can we pass SACD DSD to this unit? I was under the impression that this can only be passed via HDMI.
    Timothy H on Nov 22, 2017
    does it have different gain levels?
    A shopper on Sep 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will be able to set different gain levels.
    What is the power output for the balanced output for 50 ohms?
    A shopper on Dec 29, 2017
    Will we able to change the DAC's digital filter?
    A shopper on Sep 28, 2017
    With the balanced and SE jack headphone output, What is the power output into 32, 50, 100, 300 ect ohms?
    A shopper on Oct 15, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: 300 Ohms 648 milliWatts
    32 Ohms 3180 milliWatts
    16 Ohms 1591 milliwatts
    USB input appears to be type-B. Will a USB type-A female to type-B male adapter work for an iPod audio source input?
    A shopper on Dec 12, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You will need an adapter and it should work.
    Will this have a full hardware decoder for MQA?
    A shopper on Dec 12, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It will not. It will, however, have an AKM 4493 DAC. Brand new DAC from AKM.
    Will this have a remote control?
    A shopper on Dec 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It will not have a remote control.
    You describe the DAC as capable of DSD 11.2MHz, but AMK lists the AK4493EQ as supporting DSD 22.4MHz. Is there a limitation in the way the design has been implemented?
    A shopper on Feb 13, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Specs listed are currently not final and will be updated.
    Does the Dirac Sensaround II apply to all sources (both digital and analog ins) or just the DAC source?
    A shopper on Nov 14, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Dirac Sensaround II can be utilized on all inputs, both analog and digital.
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