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Mytek Liberty DAC

D-A Converter & Headphone Amplifier
Published August 2018
By Hugh Robjohns

Mytek Liberty DAC

Find out how Mytek’s latest reference‑level converter stacks up against the competition.

Until very recently there were essentially three different D‑A converters (DACs) in Mytek’s range, spanning a very wide price bracket. Their flagship Manhattan DAC II model is priced at around $5995, their mid‑range Brooklyn DAC+ at $2195, and the Clef mobile DAC/headphone amp at $299. Reviewed here is the latest member of the family, the Liberty DAC (as you might already have surmised, Mytek’s product names tend to reflect the company’s home city of New York), and this new model fits in between the Brooklyn and Clef units, with the asking price being a shade under $1000.

Overview

In some ways the Liberty DAC is a scaled‑down Brooklyn DAC+, not only because it’s physically smaller and lighter, but also because of its reduced array of input and output options, simpler feature set, and slightly lower technical specifications. Nevertheless, the Liberty is undoubtedly a high‑end converter and a powerful headphone amp, and it retains many interesting, attractive and unusual facilities.

Styled as a one‑third rack‑width ‘brick’, the Liberty’s all‑black case measures just 140 x 44 x 206 mm and the device weighs only 1kg. Another unusual feature is that the Liberty can be battery‑powered, if desired, via a 12V DC coaxial power inlet alongside its rear‑panel IEC socket (which accepts any voltage between 100‑240 Volts AC). So it’s both portable and compact. The case lid features a grid of cooling holes arranged to form the...

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Published August 2018