The name is a tribute to the Canadian rock star Neil Young: Digital specialist Manunta has updated its D/A converter "Young". The central converter chip in the compact aluminum housing is now an AK4497 from Asahi-Kasei, which supports PCM resolutions up to 768 kHz and DSD up to 22.4 MHz.
New Additions are the I2S input, the analog RCA output – in addition to the balanced XLR outputs – and the headphone output, which is powered by a special amplifier in AB circuitry. The Mk-III version of the Young was already MQA-ready, but the latest generation also decodes MQA CDs when the CD player is connected via S/PDIF.
Via Bluetooth, the Young IV can now be controlled from Manunta's apps for iOS and Android. Marco Manunta has also improved the circuits in the power supply and in the analog modules. The output stage contains a digitally controlled analog volume control whose position can be saved separately for each input.
The Young Mk IV costs around 2300 Euros in Germany.