The DV2 Integrated D/A Converter is the single utmost component to build a reference level minimalist system. The DV2 builds on EMM Labs’ ground breaking technology used in the flagship DA2 converter by integrating EMM’s high resolution volume control system (VControl™) into EMM’s discrete, single bit converter. This allows the DV2 to double as a “digital passive preamplifier” connecting directly to power amplifiers or exceptional active loudspeakers.
VControl™ maintains the input signal without re-quantization allowing for complete transparency at any volume setting, wide attenuation range, and no loss of audio resolution.
16xDSD MDAC2™ and MDAT2™ DSP
MDAC2™ is the worlds first fully discrete single-bit D-to-A converter with an internal conversion rate of 1024fs (16xDSD) and is completely free of inherent non-linearity that plagues every mass market chip created to date.
Our MDAT2™ DSP has been refined and updated to synergistically work with the MDAC2™. The MDAT2™ DSP performs real-time transient detection in addition to processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio before being sent to the MDAC2™ for conversion.
USB Isolation, MFAST™ and MCLK2™
The USB interface includes EMM’s proprietary hardware galvanic isolation. In combination with MFAST™, our high-speed asynchronous jitter removal technology and and MCLK2™ our custom built clock, jitter is completely removed from the conversion process.
The DV2 features a multitude of inputs and support for PCM up to 24bit/192kHz, DSD, 2xDSD, DXD, and for the first time in any EMM Labs product, MQA® via USB.
Simply put, I cannot fault this DAC. It brings music to life in a way that defies belief. It is seamless, fully dimensional, with truly realistic sound colour, extremely high resolution and an extension of the bandwidth at both extremes. EMM Labs’ DV2 DAC is aimed at the audiophile who wants the closest approach to the music. It is astonishingly neutral and accurate across all the octaves, plus it throws a large stable image revealing layers of depth normally flattened by digital processors. Furthermore, it maintains the full colour of musical instruments and voices, and it is somehow very easy to listen to.Phil Gold, Enjoy the Music, 2019
EMM Labs’ DV2 volume control enables me to remove the preamp from my system, to control the whole system from a single remote, and I am now enjoying the best sound I’ve ever had.
- Proprietary & discrete dual differential D-to-A converters (MDAC2™)
- New high resolution volume control system with High/Low output gain control (VControl™)
- Latest generation Meitner Digital Audio Translator signal processing technology (MDAT2™)
- Enhanced technology for instant signal acquisition and jitter-free performance (MFAST™)
- Proprietary asynchronous clocking system (MCLK2™)
- USB interface with custom hardware galvanic isolation
- Up to 24bit/192kHz & DSD support over all inputs
- 2xDSD, DXD (352/384kHz) & MQA® support over USB
- User controlled signal polarity
- Custom aerospace-grade ceramic circuit boards
- EMM Optilink for connection to an EMM transport
- Precision-machined aluminum chassis & remote control
- Service USB port for future software upgrades
- RS-232 serial port for wired remote control
Proprietary high-isolation resonant mode power supply for silent & eco-friendly operation
Factory set to 100V or 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Maximum 30W consumption
EMM Optilink (CD/SACD)
AES/EBU, 2x S/PDIF Coax, 2x S/PDIF, TOS & USB up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD
USB also supports 2xDSD, DXD (352/384kHz) & MQA®
Stereo Analog Outputs:
XLR and RCA
300 ohms balanced (XLR)
150 ohms unbalanced (RCA)
Output Levels (High/Low):
XLR outputs: 7.0/5.0V (+19.1/16.2dBu)
RCA outputs: 3.5/2.5V (+13.1/10.2dBu)
W x D x H: 438 x 400 x 161mm
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EMM Labs DV2, Stereophile Class A+ Recommended Components 2022
“it had become clear that the DV2 is one of the finest-sounding DACs with volume control that I’ve ever heard in my reference system.”, Jason Victor Serinus
Writing from his test bench, JA noted that the DV2 offers resolution that’s “close to the state of the art.”
Recommended Components 2022, Stereophile, September 2022
DV2 Integrated Converter Enjoy the Music Review
“Unlike almost every high-end digital product I’ve encounted irrespective of cost, the EMM Labs DV2 is one of the most ‘tuneful’ and ‘soulful’ digital devices I’ve heard to date.”
Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+ Issue 176, October 2019
DV2 Integrated Converter Enjoy the Music Review
“I’ve heard nothing that sounds more like the music I hear in the best performance spaces. I am now enjoying the best sound I’ve ever had.”
Phil Gold, Enjoy the Music, December 2019
DV2 Integrated Converter Review, Stereophile Review
“Of all the DACs I’ve heard in my reference system, the EMM Labs DV2 delivered the smoothest, most naturally warm, most consistently engaging and non-fatiguing reproduction of music. Its image size, resolution, and bass were up there with the very best.”
Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, February 2019(Full Review…)