LX CONNECT DAC
The Mission LX CONNECT DAC is a stand-alone digital-to-analogue converter, pre-amp and headphone ampliﬁer, derived from the award-winning Mission LX CONNECT wireless speaker system. It fuses the Mission mantra of innovative, attractive design and class-leading performance with the latest audio technology, to enhance your audio experience.
Designed to function as a central console for all your music sources, with analogue, optical and coax digital inputs, the Mission LX CONNECT DAC also features a dedicated HDMI ARC connection to bring high ﬁdelity, true wireless performance for TV, movies and games. It is even equipped with a Bluetooth aptX receiver for wireless streaming of hi-resolution audio from tablets and smartphones. The LX CONNECT DAC is controlled gracefully via the touch-sensitive display, or for even more convenience you can use the included remote. The versatile connectivity options and compact form factor means it can be used as the all-encompassing DAC and pre-amp interface for any ampliﬁer, active speakers, computer audio or head-ﬁ system.
Mission has utilised the audio electronics expertise of sister-company Audiolab, maker of many award-winning DAC and ampliﬁer components, to create the LX CONNECT DAC interface.
It incorporates a high-performance DAC stage based around the ES9018K2M DAC chip, from the Sabre32 Reference family. For ultra-low noise performance and high dynamic range, that ES9018K2M chip is accompanied by proprietary circuitry to make the most of ESS Technology’s 32-bit HyperStream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator.
The LX CONNECT DAC supports hi-res PCM ﬁles up to 32-bit/384kHz over USB and 24-bit/192kHz via the coaxial and optical inputs; DSD (up to DSD256) is also supported over USB. An RCA-stereo output is provided with ﬁxed and variable output options, fed by a high-quality analogue stage.
A high-quality headphone amp is also included, again derived from Audiolab – with its current-feedback circuitry, excellent gain bandwidth and high slew rate, a dynamic and detailed performance with all manner of headphones is assured.
The Roon platform has become the standard-bearer for high-quality digital music management and streaming. The LX CONNECT DAC is ofﬁcially ‘Roon Tested’, meaning it has been put through its paces rigorously by Roon and certiﬁed for use in a Roon audio environment – for example, when connected to a PC or Mac running Roon software.
As a standalone desktop DAC / headphone amp / pre-amp solution, there aren’t many single units that offer a performance and speciﬁcation to match LX CONNECT DAC, in this price segment.
|Model||LX CONNECT DAC|
|General Description||Digital-to-Analogue Convertor, Headphone Ampliﬁer and Pre-amp|
|Analogue Input||RCA (AUX)|
|Digital Input||OPT, COAX, PC USB, Bluetooth, AV Audio|
|Analogue Output||RCA Pre Out|
|Input Sensitivity||300mV (AUX IN, volume = MAX)|
|Input Impedance||13K (AUX IN)|
|Variable Output Voltage||0 – 3.2V|
|Output Impedance||100 ohm|
|Frequency Response||20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.3dB)|
|Signal-to-noise Ratio (S/N)||>100dB (AUX IN, A-weighted)|
|>110dB (digital Inputs, A-weighted)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||< 0.001% (digital sources)|
|< 0.005% (analogue sources)|
|Sampling Rate||24bit - 192kHz (OPT, COAX)|
|32bit - 384kHz (USB, PCM)|
|2.8M for DSD64, 5.6M for DSD128, 11.2M for DSD256 (USB, DSD)|
|Digital Filters||Fast Roll-off, Slow Roll-off, Minimum Phase|
|Height (on feet)||55mm|
|Depth (with terminals)||231mm|
|Outer Packaging||418 x 280 x 85mm|
|Power Requirements||Adapter - Input: 100-240Vac (50/60Hz) Output: 12V 1A|