S.M.S.L M500 MKIII Bluetooth Audio DAC & Headphone Amplifier

Description

An all-in-one on the bleeding edge

The third generation of the SMSL M500 Bluetooth DAC/Amp sees bleeding-edge improvements up and down the specs sheet. It includes a 3rd gen XMOS XU316 USB controller, an 8-channel ESS DAC chip, and triple the number of op amp chips over the previous model. It’s an all-in-one desktop solution that will be many audiophiles' endgame. 

Built-in hi-fi amplifier

The M500’s PLFC headphone amplifier circuit makes it possible to obtain more than 2W of power with less than -120dB of distortion in a 16Ω load. Additionally, the gain is adjustable, making it easy to accommodate many  different types of headphones.

Third generation XMOS USB solution

The M500 MkIII uses the latest third-generation XMOS XU-316, a true 32-bit USB solution with customized drivers for the transmission of various high-definition audio, DoP, and native DSD.

24-bit Bluetooth

Qualcomm’s latest Bluetooth chip supports LDAC 24-bit/96kHz, aptX, aptX HD, SBC, and AAC.

8-channel flagship DAC chip

The M500 MKIII uses the ESS ES9038PRO DAC chip. This flagship 8-channel chip uses the critically acclaimed Hyperstream II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator for unprecedented performance.

7 digital filters

Customize the sound signature to your tastes with seven digital filters, like Fast Roll-Off, Slow Roll-Off, and Brick Wall.

Product highlights

  • JAS hi-res certification 
  • MQA certification
  • MQA-CD certification
  • ESS ES9038PRO D/A chip
  • 0.00006% THD+N
  • PLFC headphone amplifier circuit
  • XMOS XU316
  • DSD512
  • PCM 32-bit/768kHz
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 7 digital filters
  • Full-function remote control
  • Aluminum alloy CNC precision machined housing

Specs

    • Inputs: USB, optical, coaxial, Bluetooth 
    • Outputs: 6.35mm headphone jack. 4.4mm headphone jack, RCA, XLR
    • Line output amplitude
      • XLR: 4.1Vrms
      • RCA: 2Vrms
    • THD+N: 0.00006% (-123.5dB)
    • HPA THD+N: 0.0001% (-120dB)
    • HPA power: 2W x 2 (16Ω), 1W x2 (32Ω)
    • HPA gain: 0dB (low), +9dB (high)
    • Dynamic range
      • XLR: 133dB
      • RCA: 126dB
    • SNR
      • XLR: 133dB
      • RCA: 126dB
    • USB spec: 2.0 asynchronization 
    • USB compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 (needs driver, Mac OSX 10.6 or later, Linux (Driverless)
    • MQA decoder: USB, optical, coaxial
    • MQA-CD decoder: Optical, coaxial 
    • DoP decoder: USB, optical, coaxial 
    • Sampling rate and bit version
      • USB: PCM 44.1-768kHz (32bit)
      • DSD 2.8224 - 22.5792MHz (1bit)
      • Optical/coaxial: 44.1-192kHz (24bit)
      • DoP: DoP256 (USB), DoP64 (optical/coaxial)
    • Bluetooth: 5.0
    • LDAC: 24bit/96kHz (990kbps/660kbps/330kbps)
    • aptX-HD: 24bit/48kHz_576kbps
    • aptX: 16bit/44.1kHz_352kbps
    • SBC: 16bit/44.1kHz_328kbps
    • AAC: 16bit/44.1 kHz_320kbps
    • Power consumption: 5W
    • Standby power: <0.5W
    • Size: 3.3” x 3.4” x 7.7” (85x88x197mm)
    • Weight 1.98lb (0.9kg)
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An all-in-one on the bleeding edge The third generation of the SMSL M500 Bluetooth DAC/Amp sees bleeding-edge improvements up and... Read more

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      Description

      An all-in-one on the bleeding edge

      The third generation of the SMSL M500 Bluetooth DAC/Amp sees bleeding-edge improvements up and down the specs sheet. It includes a 3rd gen XMOS XU316 USB controller, an 8-channel ESS DAC chip, and triple the number of op amp chips over the previous model. It’s an all-in-one desktop solution that will be many audiophiles' endgame. 

      Built-in hi-fi amplifier

      The M500’s PLFC headphone amplifier circuit makes it possible to obtain more than 2W of power with less than -120dB of distortion in a 16Ω load. Additionally, the gain is adjustable, making it easy to accommodate many  different types of headphones.

      Third generation XMOS USB solution

      The M500 MkIII uses the latest third-generation XMOS XU-316, a true 32-bit USB solution with customized drivers for the transmission of various high-definition audio, DoP, and native DSD.

      24-bit Bluetooth

      Qualcomm’s latest Bluetooth chip supports LDAC 24-bit/96kHz, aptX, aptX HD, SBC, and AAC.

      8-channel flagship DAC chip

      The M500 MKIII uses the ESS ES9038PRO DAC chip. This flagship 8-channel chip uses the critically acclaimed Hyperstream II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator for unprecedented performance.

      7 digital filters

      Customize the sound signature to your tastes with seven digital filters, like Fast Roll-Off, Slow Roll-Off, and Brick Wall.

      Product highlights

      • JAS hi-res certification 
      • MQA certification
      • MQA-CD certification
      • ESS ES9038PRO D/A chip
      • 0.00006% THD+N
      • PLFC headphone amplifier circuit
      • XMOS XU316
      • DSD512
      • PCM 32-bit/768kHz
      • Bluetooth 5.0
      • 7 digital filters
      • Full-function remote control
      • Aluminum alloy CNC precision machined housing

      Specs

        • Inputs: USB, optical, coaxial, Bluetooth 
        • Outputs: 6.35mm headphone jack. 4.4mm headphone jack, RCA, XLR
        • Line output amplitude
          • XLR: 4.1Vrms
          • RCA: 2Vrms
        • THD+N: 0.00006% (-123.5dB)
        • HPA THD+N: 0.0001% (-120dB)
        • HPA power: 2W x 2 (16Ω), 1W x2 (32Ω)
        • HPA gain: 0dB (low), +9dB (high)
        • Dynamic range
          • XLR: 133dB
          • RCA: 126dB
        • SNR
          • XLR: 133dB
          • RCA: 126dB
        • USB spec: 2.0 asynchronization 
        • USB compatibility: Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 (needs driver, Mac OSX 10.6 or later, Linux (Driverless)
        • MQA decoder: USB, optical, coaxial
        • MQA-CD decoder: Optical, coaxial 
        • DoP decoder: USB, optical, coaxial 
        • Sampling rate and bit version
          • USB: PCM 44.1-768kHz (32bit)
          • DSD 2.8224 - 22.5792MHz (1bit)
          • Optical/coaxial: 44.1-192kHz (24bit)
          • DoP: DoP256 (USB), DoP64 (optical/coaxial)
        • Bluetooth: 5.0
        • LDAC: 24bit/96kHz (990kbps/660kbps/330kbps)
        • aptX-HD: 24bit/48kHz_576kbps
        • aptX: 16bit/44.1kHz_352kbps
        • SBC: 16bit/44.1kHz_328kbps
        • AAC: 16bit/44.1 kHz_320kbps
        • Power consumption: 5W
        • Standby power: <0.5W
        • Size: 3.3” x 3.4” x 7.7” (85x88x197mm)
        • Weight 1.98lb (0.9kg)

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