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Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

D-A Converter, Headphone Amp & Preamp
Published December 2018
By Hugh Robjohns

Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

This D‑A converter boasts a range of useful features — as well as impressive performance.

A few months ago I reviewed Mytek’s latest D‑A converter, the Liberty DAC, which impressed me with its elegance and quality (see SOS August 2018:‑liberty‑dac). So when the company asked if I’d like to try out the next model up in their range, I was only too pleased to.

Design & Construction

Although looking virtually identical to the original Brooklyn DAC, the new Brooklyn DAC+ model has been completely redesigned, and features the latest D‑A converter hardware with selectable reconstruction filtering options, improved clocking, restyled analogue circuitry, and a new, powerful headphone amplifier.

Unusually, the unit offers two remote volume control options, using either analogue or digital 1dB‑per‑step attenuators (there’s also an attenuator bypass mode). The unit can also be used with balanced headphones via a special adaptor cable. Other highlights include a certified hardware MQA decoder, the ability to accept DSD audio (in the DOP format), a configurable analogue preamp section, which can accept the output from a turntable pickup cartridge if desired, and the ability to be remotely controlled either via the supplied Apple aluminium remote control, or any RC5‑compatible universal remote.

Physically, the Brooklyn DAC+ is a little larger than the Liberty, its case complying with the 1U, half‑rack format. Powering is via a built‑in universal mains supply with a standard IEC connector (accepting...

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Published December 2018