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Description

The MC-3+ Smart Clock USB is setting a new benchmark for clocking technology and the reproduction of digital audio by uniquely combining an audiophile USB interface with an audio re-clocker in perfection! Particularly designed for the demands of high-end consumer audio, the device expands a new sonic universe with increased musicality, clarity, and precision. As such, the MC-3+USB will prove its worth in many audiophile listening rooms around the world.

USB interfaces are the most commonly utilized devices for digital audio transmission in a computer-based music playback environment. But the convenience and ease of use often times come at a price of lackluster audio quality to the critical ears of high-end consumer audio aficionados and of professional users. It’s no secret that even the best D/A converters are not capable of reproducing and converting audio via USB at the highest possible level, which is why using digital audio inputs such as AES3 or S/P-DIF yields significantly better results and is generally preferred.

We have invested into our own research to uncover the underlying principles and the root of the problem with high-end audio via USB. In a nutshell, electromagnetic interference of any kind, but particularly those caused by audio computers and other IT devices, will induce noise and seriously disturb the audio transmission. In order to eliminate these disturbances and avoid their damaging effect on the conversion process as much as possible we have developed a new signal-isolating, asynchronous USB interface for the MC-3+ Smart Clock USB. It has been designed as a dedicated building block with a power supply that’s independent from the main board of the unit. In addition, the USB interface is galvanically isolated from the other parts of the circuitry and employs its own ultra-low noise audio oscillators that once again are autonomous and isolated from the other processes. In combination with IT-based high-speed isolators we have achieved exceptional reduction of the impact of noise interference within the USB data stream yielding a USB interface that’s virtually immune to any interference problems caused by PCs, laptops or music servers. At the same time, there are no limitations regarding the possible clock rates for playback from your music library with the MC-3+USB supporting all rates possible up to high-speed USB as well as DSD/DoP streams up to DSD/DoP256.

All of these features in combination with the subsequent re-clocking process, proprietary to MUTEC, leads to a significant acoustic improvement of connected digital audio devices that usually manifests itself in increased width of the sound stage, more precise imaging, and with a more musical representation of the recorded space and the instruments within it. Stock consumer audio devices, laptops, and audio computers can now achieve a new level of sonic perfection.
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General information

Manufacturer Mutec
Product type MIDI & Audio interfaces
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MIDI & Audio interfaces

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an industry-standard protocol that enables electronic musical instruments (synthesizers, drum machines), computers and other electronic equipment (MIDI controllers, sound cards, samplers) to communicate and synchronize with each other. Unlike analog devices, MIDI does not transmit an audio signal: it sends event messages about musical notation, pitch and intensity, control signals for parameters such as volume, vibrato and panning, cues, and clock signals to set the tempo. As an electronic protocol, it is notable for its widespread adoption throughout the music industry. MIDI protocol was defined in 1982.

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Item number6352844
Sales rank in Product type MIDI & Audio interfaces21 of 270
External links Manufacturer's site (de)

Colour

Case colour
Black

Interface properties

Connection type
USB 2.0
Sample rate
192 kHz
Audio resolution
24 bit

Audio connections (inputs)

Optical TOSLINK
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Optical TOSLINK

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect cable used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

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Coaxial S/PDIF
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Coaxial S/PDIF

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect cable used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

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AES/EBU
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AES/EBU

AES3 (also known as AES/EBU) is a standard for the exchange of digital audio signals between professional audio devices. AES3 was jointly developed by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). An AES3 signal can carry two channels of PCM audio over several transmission media including balanced lines, unbalanced lines, and optical fiber. It was published in 1985 and has been revised in 1992 and 2003.

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Audio connections (outputs)

Optical TOSLINK
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Optical TOSLINK

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect cable used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

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Coaxial S/PDIF
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Coaxial S/PDIF

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is a type of digital audio interconnect cable used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

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AES/EBU
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AES/EBU

AES3 (also known as AES/EBU) is a standard for the exchange of digital audio signals between professional audio devices. AES3 was jointly developed by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). An AES3 signal can carry two channels of PCM audio over several transmission media including balanced lines, unbalanced lines, and optical fiber. It was published in 1985 and has been revised in 1992 and 2003.

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Other connections

USB 2.0 standard B connector
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Word Clock
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Word Clock

Serves the synchronization of software and interface.

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Manual | 868.13 KB | GermanBrochure | 461.26 KB | German

Returns and warranty

Warranty 24 month Bring-in
30-day right of return
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30-day right of return

This product may be returned within 30 days after shipment or collection. A minimum of 10% will be deducted from opened products. Unfortunately, we cannot accept a product if it is damaged, incomplete or missing its original packaging.

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Warranty services

Warranty upgrade to premium express service

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Warranty upgrade to premium express service

The device will be replaced, repaired or refunded within 24 hours.

to 2 years CHF 48.40
to 3 years CHF 124.30 *
to 5 years CHF 172.20 *

* incl. Extension of the warranty
The warranty will be extended for the respective period of time

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The warranty is extended at the same conditions as the manufacturer warranty.

to 3 years CHF 72.70
to 5 years CHF 110.–

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Availability

Mail delivery

 Expected delivery date: 2 weeks
Not in supplier's stock

Collection

All locations

 Ready for pickup in 2 weeks. Not in stock with the supplier.
Not in supplier's stock

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