Musical Fidelity A324 Multistandard 96-192kHz 24
Bit Digital-to-Analog Convertor
Great cosmetic condition with normal signs on wear and no scratches or dents.
Stereophile Magazine Class A Recommended component, sharing
the same “A” class with $30,000+ DACs.
If you want to connect it to your laptop via USB you will
also need SPDIF converter. There are many such converters available, for
example Musical Fidelity V-Link 192.
A324 is a
true high-end DAC, very rare on the used market and highly sought by
Retailed for $1,200
Will be professionally packed in a double-box to guarantee safe shipment.
Manual can be downloaded from MF site.
Google for Sam Tellig’s review on this DAC.
The A324 borrows its design and many of its parts
from the Flagship Nu-Vista 3D CD Player ($5,000).
A324 uses Crystal Semiconductor's CS8420
sample-rate converter chip to upsample to 96kHz. An additional chip provides
further upsampling to 192kHz.
Upsampled sound also seems more delicate, harmonically. It's
not just an easing of the hardness and edginess so long associated with CD.
With the A324 there was a rightness about the harmonic presentation.
So natural was the sound that I stopped trying to analyze the performance of
the processor and simply enjoyed the music.
So, once again, Antony Michaelson has promised the moon and
delivered it at a down-to-earth price. The A324 would be a strong
recommendation at $1995—or even $2495, half the price of the Nu-Vista 3D. At
$1195, it's an astonishing bargain that belongs in Class A of "Recommended
Components." I wouldn't drop money on a more costly digital processor
without first hearing this one. The A324 is a great way to do
DAC architecture 24-bit Delta-Sigma (Bitstream)
8 times oversampling, 96/192kHz switchable
Sampling frequencies 8 to 108kHz
Data types 16, 20, 24 bit word lengths
Inputs: RCA 75W,
Outputs RCA left and right analog audio,
RCA digital loop out
Output impedance 50 Ohms
Frequency response 10Hz to 22kHz ± 0.0dB
Signal/noise ratio 113dB “A”- weighted
Total harmonic distortion < 0.005% 10Hz to 22kHz
Total correlated jitter < 155pS
Channel separation > 100dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Linearity < 0.2dB down to -100dB
Audio output at digital 0dB level 2.17 Volts RMS at 1kHz
Power requirements 100 / 115 / 230V AC 50 / 60Hz
(Voltage factory pre-set for country)
Dimensions 440mm, 17.3 inches wide
90mm, 3.54 inches high (including feet)
375mm, 14.8 inches deep (including terminals)
Weight 10kg, 22lbs unit only, unboxed
12kg, 26lbs in shipping carton