MOLA-MOLA TAMBAQUI DAC UK PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

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by Jay Garrett

31st July, 2019

MOLA-MOLA TAMBAQUI DAC UK PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Mola-Mola's high-end Tambaqui DAC is now available here in the UK.

Groningen-based audio separates supremo Mola-Mola has made the discrete DAC section from its Makua preamplifier available as a separate unit.

Dubbed the 'Tambaqui', it promises to get the most exceptional audio quality from your digital sources.

Mola-Mola Tambaqui

The Tambaqui's converter comprises a two board stack. Firstly, the incoming digital audio is upsampled to 3.125MHz/32 bits and converted to a noise-shaped PWM signal and then fed to twin mono DACs on the second board. Here, their discrete 32-stage Finite-Impulse-Response (FIR) output stages combined with 4th order filtering I/V converters turn the PWM into analogue with an awe-inspiring 130dB SNR. The company states that, uniquely, distortion remains below the noise floor even for full-scale signals.

The Mola-Mola Tambaqui also boasts a lossless digital volume control, Roon Ready functionality and headphone outputs. So, basically, you could use the Tambaqui as the control hub of a minimalist digital audio set-up.

Mola-Mola Tambaqui

Inputs include Optical (Toslink), S/PDIF, AES/EBU (XLR), USB type B, Ethernet (Roon Ready), Bluetooth (A2DP, APTX), I²S over HDMI. Whereas outputs are balanced (XLR), balanced headphone (4-pin XLR), 6.3mm headphone jack and programmable trigger outputs (3.5mm jack).                                                                                             

The Tambaqui supports PCM up to 384kHz/32 bits (>192kHz and >24 bits via USB and Roon only); DoP and Native DSD up to quad speed (USB and Roon only).

Price and availability

The Mola-Mola Tambaqui has a UK retail price of £8,999 (inc. VAT) and is available from August 2019.

Tech Spec

  • Full-Scale Output Level (XLR): 18dBu
  • Full-Scale Output Level (headphone): 18dBu
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 130dB
  • THD, IMD: not measurable (estimated -140dB)
  • Bandwidth: up to 80kHz (apodizing response)
  • Integrated jitter: <1ps from 10Hz upwards, <300fs from 1kHz upwards
  • Jitter rejection: >80dB at 1Hz after 20 seconds of lock

CONTROL

  • 4 programmable presets
  • Remote control (premium)
  • Mola-Mola remote app

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

  • 200mm (W) x 110mm (H) x 320mm (D); 5.2kg

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