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Empire Streamer DAC is the best DAC Mytek ever made and most likely the best DAC ever made. Empire uses two ES9038PRO 8 channel chipsets, one chip per channel in dual mono fully balanced configuration.
ES9038PRO is the world highest performance DAC chipset with 140dB Dynamic Range performance in balanced mono mode. No other DAC on the market today, including FPGA based DAC, achieves the 140dB Dynamic Range performance the Empire DAC.
Designed in Brooklyn by Mytek R&D Team headed by Michal Jurewicz, Mytek Chief Design Engineer, Empire Streamer DAC is a marvel of engineering: mounted on custom milled aluminum chassis, all components are of the highest "cost no object” quality and are easily accessible. There are no moving parts, no fans, no spinning drives. CPU is cooled though custom aluminum heat pipes attached to main beautifully designed chassis lid, milled from a single aluminum block. The DAC is the highest performance yet, challenging the most expensive DACs today. Computers are galvanically isolated from DAC analog board with computer/EMI noise eliminated by the "Faraday cage”.I7 CPU boards can easily be replace with future faster models. Roon OS engine / Mytek OS based Empire design is the most technologically advanced and best sounding hi-res music streamer available today and designed to be upgradeable for years to come
Empire Streamer DAC is a Complete Roon System packaged in one beautifully designed unit, where all the features are optimized. Just turn it on, connect to wifi or wired network, sign in to hi-res Steaming Service of your choice and enjoy the music. The network setup has been already carefully optimized for the best sound and experience: ultra low noise I7cpus have no moving parts and are powered by clean oversized linear power supplies. DAC board is 100% isolated in a “Faraday cage” with its own dual mono linear power supply and galvanic USB isolator for up to 32bit/768k and DSD512 playback with the least interference possible. No distributed system consisting of multiple boxes can match optimized Empire architecture.
Extraordinary resolution combined with ultra transparent balanced analog stage originally designed for mastering engineers reveals everything in the recording with unparalleled fidelity.
Mytek began building consumer-oriented DACs in 2011, and now boasts a full line of home hi-fi products named for New York boroughs and landmarks, like the flagship Manhattan II DAC, and new wireless streaming Brooklyn Bridge DAC. Mytek designs their DACs to a strictly neutral reference, such that the signal on the recording is passed through as accurately as possible to the downstream equipment.