Sonnet Morpheus MK-II
Morpheus MK-II is born: now equipped with an additional -10dB attenuator that allows the Morpheus to be combined as a digital preamplifier with highly sensitive tube designs.
Morpheus MK-II is born
In the past two years, the Morpheus has become an international success. In addition to its use as a normal DAC, the Morpheus has also been widely used as a digital preamplifier. Until now, its use was limited to a series of solid state power amplifiers. However, the MK-II version is now equipped with an additional -10dB attenuator that allows the Morpheus to be combined as a digital preamplifier with highly sensitive tube designs. By means of internal jumper settings the output voltage can easily be reduced from 2V RCA and 4V XLR to 0.7V RCA and 1.33V XLR respectively, which in practice comes down to -10dB.
Nationally and internationally, the Morpheus is recognized and acclaimed for its unique sound character. A modified version of the Morpheus DAC is used in Haarlem, the Netherlands, where we have one of the most amazing companies in the field of mastering and production of vinyl. "Artone studios" is the place where music can be recorded with both digital and analogue systems. At the "Record Industry", cutting and mastering prior to the vinyl production process is realized. Details of these companies can be found at https://www.artone-studio.com and https://www.recordindustry.com.
Nowadays, many digital masters are also supplied for conversion to vinyl. To make that conversion possible but next to keep the sound as close as possible to the original recording, a digital to analogue converter is needed that does its work without any artifacts or degradation. Not only productions made in their own recording facility, but also famous and prestigious music labels bring their analog and digital masters to the "Record Industry" to have their productions pressed on vinyl.
When it comes to analog equipment, both Artone and the Record Industry have a wide range of equipment with a very high reputation so that the material offered retains its analog character as musicians and producers intended. The Morpheus is used to supply the converted signal to the Neumann VMS80 (lacquer) and VMS82 (DMM) Lathes for DMM cuts.
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- Balanced Non oversampling DAC
- Two SDA-2 dac modules per channel in differential mode
- Frequency Response
- 44.1 kHz sampling 1Hz – 20 khz -1dB. 192 kHz sampling 1Hz – 65 kHz – 3dB and 384kHz (USB)
- Noise Floor
- -155 dB related to 2 Volt RMS
- Output Impedance
- RCA 100 Ohm, XLR 100 Ohm
- 1x stereo pair single ended 2 Volts RMS. In -10dB mode 0.66 Volts RMS. 1x stereo pair XLR balanced 4 Volts RMS In -10dB mode 1.33 Volts RMS
- 1x optical, 1x coaxial and 1x AES/EBU and USB
- Channel Separation
- 0.004% THD
- Sampling rate Optical
- 44.1 – 96 kHz
- Sampling rate Coax and AES/EBU
- 44.1 -192 kHz
- Sampling rate USB
- 44.1 – 384kHz
- Power Supply
- 15VA 110/115V AC 220/230V AC 50/60Hz
- Power Requirement
- max 8 Watts
- Products Dimensions
- 290 x 250 x 70 mm
- Product Weight
- Included accessories
- Aluminum six button remote control