At the May 2014 Munich High-End Audio show, CMA800i was officially launched to international market. CMA800i is set as an integrated DAC, Headphone Amp and Pre-amplifier questing for most high-end sound quality.
Pre-Amplifier output is a specific feature for CMA800i. Many brands, when designing an all-in-one model, use the headphone amplifier circuit loop to support pre-amplifier function for the sake of cost. The CMA800i, which is concerned only with achieving the best sound performance, is designed with a totally independent pre-amplifier. Volume control adopts a ALPS27 potentiometer working in pure analog format, which supports remote control capabilities and it more suitable for supporting active speakers.
CMA800i is assembled with suitable high-end components like DALE military resistors, WIMA capacitors, Nichicon FG capacitors, customized Plitron Toroidal transformer, and Neutrik connectors. Aluminum chassis is specially CNC tooled into “mutual-bit” structure with a 10mm thickness cover, reducing the CMA800i natural resonance to lowest level. The feet are constructed of pure aluminum material tooled by CNC machine, and they can be switched to 3-feet triangle structure or 4-feet quad structure as per user’s preference.