We are proud to introduce a truly stunning new product: the Grace Design m920 High Resolution Monitoring System.
The m920 is a direct result of feedback Grace Design received over the last couple of years from pro and hi-fi customers who wanted/needed high resolution audio features. So, the Grace Design team went to work, and what they have created is nothing short of extraordinary.
Some of the key m920 features include:
- new, world-class M Series 32-bit Sabre DAC (it’s incredible)
- 24-bit/192kHz PCM via AES3, S/PDIF, TOSLINK and asynchronous USB
- DSD-64 and DSD-128 over asynchronous USB
- DSD-64 via the AES3 and S/PDIF inputs
- 352.8 and 384 kHz PCM (DXD) over asynchronous USB
- user selectable DAC filter response for both PCM and DSD playback
- improved s-Lock PLL for increased jitter rejection and the ability to disable this if not required for certain applications
- a brand new cross-feed algorithm for even greater headphone imaging
- dedicated DAC mode that allows the level control encoder to be bypassed
- a beautiful, elegant chassis that makes the m920 look as great as it sounds
- you can even control the m920 from a little $20 Apple remote (pretty cool)
- …and much more
Price: $2,295 US retail
Availability: shipping on Tuesday of next week!!!
Here is a copy of the press release from Grace Design:
Grace Design Introduces the m920
Lyons, Colorado (March 2014) – Grace Design is pleased to announce the release of their new m920 reference headphone amplifier/DAC/stereo monitor controller. Designed for discerning audio professionals in the music recording, audio post-production and broadcast markets, the m920 provides unrivaled audio performance, coupled with a comprehensive and intuitive feature set.
The heart of the m920 is the latest generation M series Sabre DAC. The Sabre is a 32-bit converter that takes DAC performance to an entirely new level. 24-bit, 192 kHz inputs are provided on AES3, S/PDIF, TOSLINK, and asynchronous USB. The m920 includes DSD-64 and DSD-128 functionality via USB, DSD-64 through the AES3 or S/PDIF inputs, and 352.8 kHz and 384 kHz PCM (DXD) playback over USB. User selectable DAC filter response is available for both PCM and DSD playback. Grace has improved the performance of its s-Lock PLL for increased jitter rejection, and the ability to disable this if not needed for a particular application. A new cross-feed circuit has been developed for improved headphone imaging, and low frequency response has been improved on the balanced and unbalanced line outputs.
The m920’s audio circuitry and power supply is housed in an elegant 1U, half-rack enclosure. The front panel includes a pair of 1/4” TRS headphone outputs, and an LED display for headphone and line level output levels. Level control, adjustable in .5 dB increments, is accessed via a multi-purpose rotary encoder/switch, that also serves as an output selector, and a setup menu navigation tool for selecting and adjusting m920 operating modes and parameters. For users who would like to use the m920 as a dedicated DAC, a mode is available that allows the level control encoder to be bypassed, which feeds the unbalanced line level outputs. A second rotary switch provides input selection. A full compliment of LED’s are provided for clear visual indication of outputs currently selected, and other system states such as sample rate, s-Lock, DSD, and cross-feed.
The rear panel provides access to a pair of balanced analog inputs on XLR’s, and unbalanced analog inputs on RCA jacks. Balanced line out’s are on 1/4” TRS jacks and unbalanced line outputs are available on RCA’s. Digital inputs to the m920 include AES3, S/PDIF, TOSLINK, and a Class 2 asynchronous USB port.
Commenting on the release of the new m920, VP of Sales and Marketing, Doug Wood notes “The m920 is the result of feedback we’ve had from m903 users for a product that retained a similar look and feel, ease of use and long-term reliability, with the addition of high sample rate DSD and DXD functionality. Our engineering group left no stone unturned, and has produced a truly stunning piece of audio gear that we think our customers will fall in love with. We can’t wait for folks to get their hands on the new m920.”
The US retail price of the m920 is $2,295 and is now shipping. As is the case with all Grace products, the m920 will be covered under the company’s limited 5-year warranty program. The m920 will be available through Grace Design’s channel of authorized US dealers and international distributors.
Please visit www.gracedesign.com for more information.
About Grace Design
Grace Design was established in 1994 and is a leading manufacturer of world-class hardware for the professional audio industry. Grace Design’s mission is to provide audio professionals with exceptionally engineered and built products coupled with best-in- class customer service. The product line currently consists of the m801, m802, m201, m101, and m501 microphone preamps, the m103 channel strip, the m102 and m502 optical compressors, the m903 and m920 reference headphone amplifier/DAC and the m905 and m906 reference monitoring systems. Grace also manufactures the Spacebar line of precision microphone positioning products. The company’s customers include audio professionals in the music, film, television, live sound, education and broadcast markets, and high-end consumer markets.
Grace Design 4689 Ute Highway, Lyons, Colorado 80503 1 Phone: 303.823.8100 Fax: 303.823.8101 Email: [email protected]