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Manley The WAVE 24/96 DAC & Tube Preamplifier Combo

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Whether you want to view The Wave by Manley as a high-end tube preamplifier with a built-in magnificent DAC or a converter with 4 extra analog inputs...Click To Read More About This Product

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A valuable tool that could easily be the heart of any professional Mastering studio facility.

Whether you want to view The Wave by Manley as a high-end tube preamplifier with a built-in magnificent DAC or a converter with 4 extra analog inputs is up to you. It starts with 4 digital inputs spanning the AES/EBU, SPDIF, Toslink and ST formats. Manley's 24 bit 96KHz digital to analog converter board was designed by Fred Forssell and they have merged this DAC with an improved tube stage and added two analog balanced and two unbalanced inputs. Outboard power supply too. The Manley tube preamp & converter combo has three sets of outputs and a processor loop that are also all switchable from the front panel and the remote control. Manley's first piece with remote control is a total "over-killer" The entire faceplate can also be operated by the remote, especially and finally including the volume control.

The Manley Wave combines a killer 24/96 AD/DA Converter with a full-featured audiophile analog vacuum tube preamp. It is one of the very few products equally at home as the heart of a professional Mastering studio facility as it is the centerpiece of an audiophile home system. The combination of features and functions came about from analyzing existing systems and finding them functional but lacking in elegance in signal flow, operational convenience, and synergy. Manley set out to build something they wanted in their own living rooms, something that could be upgraded as new standards evolved, and something that could be flexible to work with mixed balanced, unbalanced, analog, and digital connections.

The digital board used in the first generation units, (the "First Waves" as it were) was designed around the ultra analog 20-bit digital audio converters, the AES-21 jitter reduction input module, and the Pacific Microsonics HDCD decoder. This chipset ruled the 1990's audiophile digital world. In early 2002, Manley commissioned an excellent 24 bit, 96KHz DAC board design from talented designer Fred Forssell for the second generation units, in current production as of this writing. The Manley Wave accepts four digital inputs in the following formats: AES, SPDIF, TOSLINK, and ST Glass Fiber. The four analog inputs come as stock 2 RCA + 2 XLR. Other configurations can be custom-ordered as desired. To provide extra flexibility in system integration, Manley has included an Insert Loop (term borrowed from the recording studio world) perhaps more commonly referred to as a Tape Loop or Processor Loop in Audiophile-land. Three outputs are provided on the Manley Wave: outputs 2 and 3 can be switched; output 1 is always on.

24 Bit 96KHz Digital to Analog Converter Board    
Totally DUAL MONO design
Vacuum tube output stage (2 x 12AX7EH, 2 x 7044 or 5687 JAN NOS USA)
BALANCED and UNBALANCED analog inputs x 4
Motorized ALPS quad-attenuator volume control
4 x switchable digital inputs AES, SPDIF, ST, Toslink
1 x SPDIF digital output pass-through
4 x switchable ANALOG inputs balanced & unbalanced
Tape/Processor Loop = INSERT SEND & RECEIVE on unblanced RCA jacks as stand ard, balanced XLR's by request
Remote Control controls the whole faceplate
Separate outboard Power Supply Unit

Motorized attenuator with full remote control
External power supply
Digital phase / polarity switch,
Insert for tape monitor, processor loop, etc.
Manual mute, warm-up mute & stand by modes.
"manley blue" anodized 3/8" thick by 19" front panel, 18 blue leds
Upgradeable digital board
Many custom options available including:
Any combinations of balanced and unbalanced i/o, or any combination of digital input types. (expect extra NRE charges for anything involving custom silk-screening of faceplate)
Insert mod for surround processors (return post line amp)

You'll wonder how you could have worked without it!

Digital section
Burr-Brown PCM1704 D-A converters operating at 96 KHz at all times
All inputs below 96 KHz are upsampled to 96 KHz before conversion
The upsampled output is clocked out via a Low Phase Noise/Low Jitter
precision crystal oscillator to eliminate any interface jitter or timing
problems with the incoming datastream
Multiple power supplies are used, with additional regulation and
filtering located at all critical components
Differential Passive LC filtering is used on the voltage output of the
High Speed JFET Current to Voltage Conversion with differential output is
used to drive the Passive LC Filter

Analog section
ALL-TUBE BALANCED LINE AMPLIFIER using 2 x 12AX7 plus 2 x 7044 or 5687 dual triodes
INPUT SENSITIVITY: 494mV (-3.9dBu) yields 1V out
MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: 9.75Vrms produces 19.86V on output at 1KHz before clipping
+22dBu produces +28.18dBu on output at 1KHz before clipping
MAXIMUM OUTPUT: +30 dBu, 25 V rms (70V P-P) (+31dbu @ 1.5% THD)
+8.25 dBu digital full scale (2.0 V Rms)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ± .5 dB
8 Hz to 45 kHz ± 3 dB
THD+N: 0.015% 20Hz “ 20KHz band width
NOISE FLOOR -88 db (20 Hz “ 20 kHz) (-90 A-Weight)
S/N 120 dB analog (96 db digital)
L/R Volume Control Matching .2 dB (from -50 to max)

4 x DIGITAL INPUTS: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TOSLINK, ST (AT&T GLASS) (Comes stand ard with one of each type input. These can be changed on special order upon request.)
1 x DIGITAL OUTPUTS: S/PDIF follows AES or SPDIF digital input selection
4 x Stereo ANALOG INPUTS: (stand ard: 2 x stereo unbalanced RCA, 2 x stereo balanced XLR)
INSERT SEND and RETURN (Tape processor loop) Available balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA
With analog inputs UNITY GAIN (direct connected via relays)
3 x Stereo ANALOG OUTPUTS: (stand ard: 2 x stereo unbalanced RCA, 1 x balanced XLR)
(Output 1 is always on. You can toggle between outputs 2 and 3 or switch both on at the same time with jumper setting)
Reference level to digital full scale: With digital -14 (CD consumer setting); With digital -20 (Pro Studio Reference Setting)

Outboard Power Supply is factory set for 100V, 120V or 220-240VAC operation
for original destination country's mains voltage.
Operating Mains Voltage: 120 to 240VAC operation changeable with power transformer re-wiring via internal switch and fuse value change. 100VAC operation changeover achieved via rewiring of power transformer PCB.
Mains Voltage Frequency: 50 60Hz
Mains Fuse Value: 1.5A SLO-BLO for 100 or 120V operation
Mains Fuse Value: 0.75A SLO-BLO for 220V-240V operation
Power consumption: 0.8A @ 120V = 96 watts
Dimensions: 19" W x 5.25" H x 13" D
Unit Weight: WAVE = 23 lbs.; PSU = 15 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 49 lbs.

Remote control range measurements:
If the remote is closer than 9 feet, the maximum angle response is around 60 to 75 degrees which is the counter sink angle of the receiver's hole in the front panel. Measurements done with new set of batteries.

Distance of 9-10 ft, the maximum angle is 65-75 degrees.
Distance of 12 ft, the maximum angle is 60 degrees.
Distance of 13 ft, the maximum angle is 45-55 degrees.
Distance of 16 ft, the maximum angle is 45 degrees.
Distance of 20 ft, the maximum angle is 25-35 degrees.
Distance of 25-27 ft, the maximum angle is 0-15 degrees. This is the maximum distance-angle the remote will do.

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