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Playback Designs MPT-8 Dream CD Transport with Optional Roon Core Server or Stream X2

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MPT-8 DREAM TRANSPORT The MPT-8 serves as the digital source for its companion product, the MPD-8 Dream DAC. It is designed to provide a multitude of internal digital sources as well as plenty of connectivity for many external sources. It... Read More

MPT-8 DREAM TRANSPORT The MPT-8 serves as the digital source for its companion product, the MPD-8 Dream DAC. It is designed to provide a multitude of internal digital sources as well as plenty of connectivity for many external sources. It incorporates extensive buffering, re-clocking, filtering and cleaning of all digital sources before encoding the digital audio data in its native format onto a fiber optical carrier (PLINK) for the MPD-8 DAC. This architecture provides the ultimate separation between digital sources and the sensitive analog circuitry inside the DAC. In fact, PLINK not only provides a galvanic separation, but also allows for extremely long cable lengths (up to 300m).

The MPT-8 comes standard with a very high quality CD/SACD drive system that has been developed by D&M specifically for audiophile applications and is not just a modified mass produced video drive as is very common with most other drive systems. All vital parts of this drive are built in metal for increased stability, tracking accuracy and vibration control.

In addition, the MPT-8 can be customized with the following internal options. They don’t necessarily have to be installed at the factory, but can also be added as after-sales options by the dealer. Please see ordering options below.

  • Roon Core Server:  This option allows direct integration of the entire Dream system into any Roon audio network and makes it “roon-ready” with full support for any PCM or DSD rate. But it is also a full Roon server that can be controlled via Roon’s control app (iOS and Android). With its own network connection you can add an unlimited amount of files to your Roon music library
  • Stream-X streamer provides direct connection to streaming services such as Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and vTuner that can be controlled via an app on a tablet. Furthermore, it also allows to play files from connected USB storage or network storage (NAS) and provides “roon-ready” integration into Roon audio networks with PCM support up to 192kHz and single rate DSD. It functions as DLNA and UPnP renderer as well.

Specifications:

The MPT-8 is powered by the same high quality linear power supply as used in the MPD-8 DAC.

  • Digital Inputs:
    • USB (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz)
    • AES (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
    • Coax (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
    • TosLink (PCM up to 96kHz)
    • PLINK optical (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz)
  • Digital Outputs: 
    • PLINK optical (reserved for direct connection to MPD-8 Dream DAC)
    • AES (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
  • Weight:  19 kgs. / 42 lbs.
    • Internal Options:
      • Roon Core music server
      • Stream-X streamer
    • Software Update: Playback Designs already created an excellent reputation with its program to offer free software upgrades with new features or new algorithms that the end user can upload into the transport without the need to return it to the dealer or manufacturer. This will keep the product always up-to-date with the latest trends and, therefore, will help in keeping the value high for this product.
    • Remote Control: A hand-held IR control set is provided in a sleek case with lit buttons. The MPT-8 is also equipped with a network interface for remote control via networked apps on iPad and Android.
    • Weight:  50 lbs. / 22.6 kgs.
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