Grace Design releases the m920 flagship monitoring system

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Now shipping is the brand new Grace Design m920, a promising high-end monitoring system from the small State-side company. Pricing in at $2,295, it was designed to be the successor to the m903 while retaining the “compact, do everything design”. On the DSP side, the m920 boasts the new M-series 32-bit Sabre DAC. On the amplification end, they say it was designed specifically for low-ampedence headphones though we don’t doubt it’s capabilities with high-ampedance cans. Topping it all off, the interface looks very intuitive and user friendly.

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Since we haven’t tested it ourselves, we’ll save you the pleasantries and get right into the details.

  • Stereo analog inputs – balanced (+4dBu) XLR and unbalanced (-10dBv) RCA.
  • Ultra low distortion 32-bit /384khz Sabre DAC accepts stereo digital input sources in AES3, S/PDIF, TOSLINK (optical) and USB formats with auto sample rate detection and digital de-emphasis filter
  • User configurable DAC filter response for PCM and DSD playback
  • USB for playback of up to 384kHz / 32 bit PCM as well as DSD64 and DSD128 playback via DoP
  • AES and S/PDIF playback of up to 192kHZ / 24bit PCM as well as DSD64 playback via DoP
  • New dual-stage wide lock range PLL for improved jitter rejection on non s-locked sources
  • Third generation s-Lock™ dual stage PLL (phase lock loop) circuitry for the ultimate in low jitter clocking and sonic integrity
  • Two sets of line level outputs provided via RCA (unbalanced) and ¼ TRS jacks (balanced) for connection to stereo monitors
  • RCA line outputs can be configured for variable or fixed dac output mode for operation as a standalone digital to analog converter
  • Front panel rotary encoder provides precision level control of both headphone and the line output levels. Level adjustments are made in 0.5dB steps within a 95dB range
  • 0.05dB channel level matching to ensure true stereo balance at any monitoring level
  • Large, white 7-segment display is used to show headphone and stereo main output levels
  • New X-feed (crossfeed) simulates the acoustics of a loudspeaker listening environment which can significantly improve imaging while reducing listening fatigue when using headphones. This feature employs carefully designed signal cross-feed, filtering and delay circuits to simulate hrtf (head related transfer functions)
  • High current transimpedance output amplifier design drives 8 ohm loads. The m920 was specifically designed with low impedance headphones in mind
  • Only the highest quality 0.5% metal film resistors are used throughout and there are no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path. Sealed gold contact relays are used for all signal switching
  • Infrared remote control for level control, left/right balance, mute and more when using the optional remote control unit
  • Apple IR remote control is supported with optional pairing
  • USB firmware upgradability
  • 5 Year transferable warranty on parts and labor

The Grace Design m920 is available now.

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