Disclaimer: The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is part of our Picture Sunday series.
Mytek. A name that’s not thrown around in our parts of audio a lot. They are more known in a different segment, studio electronics. They however also make great two-channel hifi gear, and their designs are very well respected. In portable, they only offer the Clef. A small mobile dac/amp. Future proof with high resolution support and MQA. We’re not looking at that though, no, we’re taking a peek at their desktop sized DAC, pre-amp, phono stage and headphone amplifier – the Brooklyn DAC+.
I must say, it has taken me much longer than I’d like to admitt to open the box for this one. Just a short while ago I worked myself up to the Mytek, too many other products were in the queue. Now just look at the beauty of the front plate. The geometric figures etched into the front, the illuminating logo, and the simplicity of all. The design is freaking gorgeous, but the feature set this rather compact device offers is even more astonishing. I can’t remember when I had a device in my hands that offers so many different settings and customization options.
I’m a person that likes to look behind the box and open up devices to see what they have hidden. It’s a simple job of taking out five screws from the Mytek, and underneath the top, all the components are hidden. What’s there is a nicely linear layout with top notch capacitors and resistors. You can’t really see that in the photos, sorry, but it’s absolutely nicely done. There’s only two things I am not the biggest fan of. That’s the knob, which is a little flimsy, and that the rest of the body doesn’t match the front plate.
I have so far only tested the Brooklyn DAC+ with one headphone – the Sennheiser HD800S. When I first connected it, I didn’t expect much, but I was not prepared for this synergy. It manages the wonderful split between musical and detailed. Everything sounds just beautiful where nothing stands in the way and the entire music just connects. There is great richness in all areas, bass, mids and treble. The Mytek transforms the Senn to a level I have not heard it before. With the six Watts output power it definitely is capable of driving difficult headphones. That’s what it is designed for. It supports PCM files up to 32bit / 352 kHz and DSD256 and even hardware-handles MQA files and it is Roon Tested. In today’s world, it has all bases covered.
We’ll be looking at the Brooklyn DAC+ soon, so watch this place for the full review.