This is a one owner Playback Designs MPD-3 DSD / PCM DAC in excellent condition. I doubt you will find anything at near this price that would sound even close to as good.
The new Playback Designs Series 3 products are revolutionary.
The Playback Designs Music Playback Digital to Analog Converter 3, also known
as MPD-3, is a product that is totally unique in today’s market place. The MPD-3
is a world class discrete dual differential DAC that can receive a variety of external
digital sources, including computer based music servers – not only a unique
and powerful combination, but also versatile in applications. Another unique feature
of the MPD-3 is its ability to playback super high resolution files of up to
24/384kHz PCM and 6.1MHz DSD through USB off of either a PC or MAC. This
is 32 times the resolution of players with the ability to playback 192kHz high resolution
Through the use of our newest apodizing upsampling filter for 44.1 and 48kHz
sample rates PCM never sounded better or more analog like. Apodizing filters are
special upsampling filters that compensate for some of the ringing effects caused
by brickwall filters in the Analog to Digital Converters (A/D) used during recording.
Depending on the recordings apodizing filters can provide audible improvements.
This is not a new technology and is used mostly to improve reception
signals from the edge of dish antennas (satellite). Since brickwalls in A/D converters
are akin to edges on dish antennas the same principle holds for digital audio
and similar filters can be used in DACs with noticeable improvements.
As with our 5-Series products, we have a DAC built to the same standards as our
MPS-3 CD Player. It is actually identical in every way except it does not have a
transport mechanism. With more and more enthusiasts taking advantage of computer
based music, the MPD-3 might be the perfect solution!
• XLR Balanced
• RCA Unbalanced
• AES/EBU for PCM up to 24 / 192kHz
• S/PDIF for PCM up to 24 / 192kHz
• USB for PCM up to 24 / 384kHz
• USB for DSD up to 6.1MHz
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