M2tech Releases 3 New Models
Desktop and computer based audio is a growing category amongst enthusiasts and one Italian manufacturer, M2tech, based in Italy, have been specialising in this area for some years. To compliment their existing product range they recently announced three new products.
The newly announced Evo Two series is a modular desktop system for high quality computer audio playback. The new series takes its steps from the huge success of the original Evo Series, and according to the manufacturer, “refreshes the look and encompasses a large number of improvements over the predecessors.”
Evo Two ($890 RRP) is a true Swiss Knife for its extreme versatility. Its USB device interface is USB 2.0 Audio Class compliant and supports ASIO under Windows and Integer Mode under OSX. It is supported natively under OSX and Linux and can be powered by the USB bus or by an external power supply such as the new Evo Supply Two. Its comprehensive outputs set includes S/PDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink™, and I2S in PS Audio standard.
Supported formats include PCM up to 384kHz (on I2S only, up to 192kHz on all other outputs) and DSD up to 128x (on I2S only). The external clock input accepts word clocks as well as master clocks, even asynchronous to the selected sampling rate. Sampling frequency information are sent out by an optical transmitter to the clock generator for automatic clock switching. An auxiliary S/PDIF input allows for sending digital audio data to the computer for recording, as well as for sampling rate conversion through the internal SRC.
An LCD display shows all settings, together with the selected sampling frequency. All settings, as well as HID features, are set by a remote control.
Evo Clock Two ($890 RRP) is a high precision Word Clock and Master Clock generator, which is perfectly tailored to the hiFace Evo Two, but is reported to work perfectly with other equipment accepting a word clock.
Its internal high stability and low phase noise TCXO’s are routed and divided by a highest precision clock conditioner generally used for digital data transmission over satellite links.
Automatic frequency selection is performed when the Evo Clock Two is connected to the hiFace Evo Two by the dedicated optical link.
An LCD display shows the selected sampling frequency. Manual frequency selection is done by two buttons.
Evo Supply Two ($790 RRP) is a very low noise 9V power supply dedicated to the Evo Two Series products. It is provided with three outputs which deliver clean current from a low noise, discrete components regulator. Outputs are switched with a relay operated by a button on the front panel.
Overcurrent protection is included on each output.
All units are enclosed in a stylish aluminium case with 2mm brushed front panel, 105x48x100mm.
The Evo Two series will be available in September.
M2tech is distributed in Australia by Radiance Audio Visual.