Mytek goes upmarket with Empire

News

Mytek goes upmarket with Empire
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Mytek Audio has introduced the Empire DAC/streamer/preamplifier; Described as an “all out” assault on the state-of-the-art, the Empire is “Powered by RoonOS” and features an internal Roon Core that can drive both the DAC and external Roon endpoints. It has a dual mono fully balanced differential analogue preamplifier with an “ultra quiet” phono stage for both MC and MM cartridges. A high current, dual mono, fully balanced headphone amplifier is also part of the package.

The Empire DAC which represents the highest performance and most musically engaging Mytek DAC ever. Built around two ESS 9038PRO Sabre DAC chipsets, this dual mono fully balanced circuit is capable of 32-bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512 and MQA while achieving dynamic range greater than 133dB. Both the DAC and preamplifier functions are controlled by a brand new MytekOS Platform, offering new functionality via easy software upgrades that will gradually be released in the future as the platform progresses.

The Empire streamer is a new product category for Mytek that combines “state-of-the-art” analogue design with modern digital, wi-fi and an internet ready control platform. It draws from nearly three decades of digital audio engineering and manufacturing experience coupled with future visionary software driven products. The Empire Series will be expanded upon with an addition of similarly constructed  Monoblock Amplifiers planned for 2021.
The first Empire Streamer units will be available in Dec. 2020 with shipping in quantities by Feb. 2021. Price will be $19,995 in U.S. or €19,995 (VAT incl) in E.U.