YOUNG Mk4 DAC/Preamplifier

by M2Tech

The Young MkIV is a very high quality digital/analogue converter. It converts the digital signal coming from your digital sources into the analogue format, which is the one accepted by amplifiers and speakers.

It is also much more: it is in fact equipped with an output section with an integrated resistor network volume control and gain buffer which, together with the analogue input which the Young MkIV is also equipped with, make it a real own preamplifier capable of directly driving a power amplifier.

Whatever your needs or technical choices, the functions and performance of the Young MkIV make it an ideal choice for quality Hi-Fi systems with engaging sound.

It is equipped with a full range of digital input connections, including a USB 2.0 port and an I2S port in PS Audio format, through which you can connect any digital source to the Young MkIV. The analogue input allows you to connect an analogue source, such as the Nash phono preamplifier, a tape recorder or a radio, to the Young MkIV.

Its outputs, single-ended and balanced, allow you to connect it to any amplifier. Thanks to the ability to provide up to 5 Vrms on the single-ended output and 10 Vrms on the balanced output, the Young MkIV can drive even low-sensitivity power amplifiers without problems. The headphone output on the front panel allows for high-quality headphone listening.

It is equipped with an infrared remote control through which you can control it.

It is designed with great attention to the quality of signal transfer and with sound quality in mind first and foremost. Its USB interface is galvanically isolated from the computer's USB bus and is powered by a local power supply internal to the DAC. This prevents possible noise from the computer from affecting the sound quality. The output stages that transfer the signal from the conversion integrated circuit to the analogue outputs make use of very high level components: film capacitors, anti-inductive resistors, low noise opamps for audio use. The section that generates the fundamental clocks for the conversion is made with very low phase noise quartz oscillators powered by a dedicated regulator, also very low noise.

The Young MkIV supports PCM format from 44.1 kHz to 768 kHz, with resolution from 16 bit to 32 bit. It also supports DSD format from 64x to 512x natively and from 64x to 256x DoP.

Recognizes and decodes MQA© encoding on all wired inputs.

M2Tech has adopted MQA to support Master quality playback and streaming. MQA is an innovative coding algorithm that captures the original quality of the Master sound; 'fold' the file into a smaller size for easy streaming or downloading; and authenticates the file when played on an MQA-enabled device.
M2Tech recognizes the sonic and technical advantages of MQA, so all M2Tech DAC products will include MQA in their format decoding pool.
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The digital/analog converter M2Tech Young MkIV from the Italian high-end forge M2Tech has an insider tip status for a reason!...
The Young MkIV was in and out of the system over an extended period of months, which is not the best way to analyze a product but the fact that I kept going back to it is a sign that it worked well, neither did it have any sonic or operational foibles that got in the way of enjoying the music...
The Young MkIV is the nerve center for your audio system. The M2TECH YOUNG MKIV is capable of functioning as a DAC, line preamplifier, headphone amplifier, Bluetooth receiver and much more.......
The Young MkIV pre-amplifier is supplied as standard with a wall mounted power supply however for optimum performance and as supplied can be paired with the matching Van der Graaf power supply....
The first impression you get from this set is the modesty, simplicity and good taste of its design....


PCM sampling rates:

from 44.1 kHz to 768 kHz

DSD sampling rates:

64x to 512x (native)
64x to 256x (DoP)

PCM Resolution:

from 16 to 32 bits


0.0008% @ 5Vrms on balanced output

Signal to noise ratio:

122 dBA (single-ended and balanced)

Output Impedance:

100 Ohm (single-ended)
200 Ohm (balanced)

Input Impedance:

47 kOhms (analog)
75 Ohms (S/PDIF)
110 Ohms (AES/EBU)
100 Ohms (I2S)

Full MQA decoding:

all inputs wired

Entrances and Exits


Single-ended analog (RCA)
Optical (Toslink)
USB 2.0 high speed
I2S (HDMI, PS Audio standard)


Balanced analogue (XLR)
Single-ended analogue (RCA)
Headphones (6.35mm jack)

Trigger (3.5mm jack)


Dimensions and weight


200x200x50mm (WxDxH)


net 2.0 kg (including accessories)
gross 2.5 kg


Output voltage:

2.5 Vrms or 5.0 Vrms (single-ended)
5.0 Vrms or 10 Vrms (balanced)
5.5 Vrms (headphones)
12 VDC (trigger)

Supply voltage:

15 VDC


5.7 VA
0.15 VA (standby)

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