Mytek Digital Now Shipping Clef Portable Hi-Fi System for Smartphones

January 15 2018, 03:10
At CES 2018, Mytek confirmed the shipping date for its new Clef portable DAC, which was unveiled precisely a year ago at the Las Vegas industry event. Now available for pre-order, the new Mytek Clef is an ergonomic hi-res audio headphone amplifier and DAC, offering up to 32bit/384kHz PCM, DSD 128, and 120dB of dynamic range, with driverless USB Class 2, MQA unfolding capability, plus aptX Bluetooth and AAC for improved Bluetooth audio streaming.

With the Clef, Mytek Digital also signals the launch of its new consumer division and the company's first portable device is also marketed accordingly, promoted as the "first Hi-Fi system for any analog headphones, designed to stream music with vinyl quality." Clef combines a headphone amplifier and a hardware digital-to-analog converter for playing back the most demanding hi-res audio formats, from DSD to Tidal Masters' MQA streaming.

After graduating from Warsaw’s University of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Studio Electronics and Acoustics, Michał Jurewicz left his native Poland and moved to the United States. He worked in two legendary New York City recording studios — the Hit Factory and Skyline Studio, forming many working relationships and friendships in the NYC audio engineering community that have continued to this date. Jurewicz developed a series of Analog-to-Digital converters that improved the quality of digital mixes. Nearly all recordings by Mariah Carey, James Taylor, James Brown, The Chic, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and others from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s were mixed with prototypes of Mytek digital converters. In order to commercialize his hardware designs, Jurewicz founded Mytek in New York in 1992. Mytek’s goal has always been technological innovation aimed at preserving the highest possible sound quality during the recording process. 
Michal Jurewicz, Mytek's founder showed us
the Clef at CES 2018.
After Mytek Digital became an established name in professional recording studio equipment, its high-end consumer products have projected the company as one of the leading brands in high-quality converters. It was Mytek’s leadership position in Professional Audio since 1992 that convinced MQA to make Mytek its first standalone-hardware technology partner. 

The company has applied all its experience with digital-to-analog conversion and digital file decoding on the Clef, a project with more than two years in the making. As Mytek describes it, Clef is the first of its kind lightweight, portable Hi-Fi system with USB and Bluetooth inputs. The device features high resolution digital-to-analog conversion and amplification, enabling more than double the output volume of an iPhone. Intelligently crafted to cater to a new generation of vinyl and analog audio enthusiasts who don’t want to compromise quality while outside of the home, Clef is compatible with all music streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

Lead by product designer Yousef Ali, industrial designer Egill Karlsson and engineer Michal Beldyga, Clef improves the sound quality of music, designed to drive the most demanding high quality headphones and in-ear monitors, and provide portable hi-res music playback anywhere. The built-in headphone amplifier provides a 2.2 VRMS output, with 1.0 Ohm output impedance. Lightweight and portable - weighing only 3.5 ounces (approx. 100 grams) - Clef comes equipped with a built-in microphone to answer incoming phone calls while streaming without having to juggle devices. The battery capacity is approximately eight hours and charges via micro USB.

"We’ve been experts in manufacturing professional studio music recording hardware for over 25 years, allowing us to witness evolving creative and consumer trends with consumers demanding more sophisticated streaming products,” comments Michal Jurewicz. “Music fans are trying to balance the warmth and quality of vinyl with the convenience of streaming while on the move or at the office. We’ve built that solution.”

Clef will be available in a Piano Black finish in February 2018 for $299. |
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