Playback Designs manufacture audio equipment for only the most discerning of listeners. Digital sound is accompanied by what is commonly referred to as ‘digital hash,’ the high frequency unnaturally harsh sound which leaves many audiophiles dissatisfied with the quality of playback. But solutions to this, and other problems associated with digital sound reproduction, do exist – and Playback Designs have found them!

About Playback Designs

If you are looking for audio that has the convenience of digital, but still retains the depth of the analogue listening experience, then Playback Designs technology and equipment will provide just that. They achieved their goal, and yours, by incorporating a dedicated DSD into a 2 dimensional DAC with unique property coding which leaves listeners with what they desire – a superior audio experience.
Solving the problem of digital hash meant that Playback Designs achieved not only their goal but several audio technological firsts. What this means to you, is that you get to experience audio rather than just listen to it.

Merlot DAC

Playback Designs Digital Analog Converter


  • Up to 384kHz PCM and up to 11.2MHz DSD
  • USB, AES, Coax, PLink inputs
  • Headphone output with separate volume control
  • Balanced and unbalanced line level outputs
  • Differential discrete DAC (standard “Playback Designs” architecture)
  • Software upgradeable by end user
  • Recording software for file creation on computer


Pinot ADC – High Resolution DSD Recording

Playback Designs Analog Digital Converter


  • Up to 384kHz PCM and up to 11.2MHz DSD
  • USB, AES, Coax, PLink outputs
  • BNC clock I/O
  • XLR inputs with adjustable gain
  • super low distortion
  • Software upgradeable by end user
  • Recording software for file creation on computer


SYRAH Music Server & Playback

Playback Designs Music Server


  • Connects directly to Merlot (or any other Playback Designs DAC) via USB
  • Easy and intuitive remote control via iPad or Android
  • Plays any audio from internal, external or NAS storage
  • Internal 2TB HDD standard, optional SSD
  • Streaming via DLNA
  • Automatic ripping from external drive (included)
  • Automatic retrieval of cover art, meta data from data base



Forget Reference – This is the Dream Series.

MPD-8 Playback Designs Digital Analog Converter


  • Up to 384kHz PCM and up to 11.2MHz DSD
  • USB I/O, AES, Coax, TosLink, PLink I/O
  • Balanced and unbalanced analog outputs
  • digitally driven, analog volume control
  • double Differential discrete DAC
  • double Differential ultra high end analog stages per channel
  • three regulated analog power supplies with three transformers
  • Software upgradeable by end user
  • Recording software for file creation on computer
  • Easy and intuitive remote control via iPad or Android


Andreas Koch

When it comes to sound, Andreas Koch has been designing digital audio equipment for over 30 years and his pedigree is nothing less than superlative.

He was one of the original designers for Sony’s DSD recording machines and is responsible for bringing high resolution audio, not only to the industry, but also into your home.

Andreas was also one of the founder members of Playback Designs and, even today, is still CEO and a hands-on engineer. The company, as it did at its inception, produces the finest audio equipment available and is globally recognized as being foremost in the field.

If you wanted further evidence, of not only their expertise and design, but also the commitment of Playback Designs to providing you with the best audio equipment money can buy, know that before each unit is packed and shipped it is subjected to a final listening session to ensure it reaches you in exemplary condition. In the eyes of Playback Designs, quality control means that their expertise applies to every piece of digital audio they sell right up until the moment it leaves their organization.

Playback Designs describe their systems as being, ‘for the most discerning of listeners,’ which should give you at least a little insight into the fine quality of the audio playback systems they supply. Although, it has to be said, this still might not prepare you for the experience in reality and, once again this is down to the craftsmanship of Andreas Koch. The custom FPGA chips used in their equipment are his brainchild, only this time they are supplied through his other company, AK Designs. In this capacity, Andreas has mastered the art of controlling the DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) from his own algorithm to ensure the transformation is the best it can possibly be. DACs are what make the essential conversion from digital to analogue feasible, but it’s the quality of the DAC which really counts. Although all digital audio devices have DACs few are of a quality and design so superior that distortion and interference are practically eliminated.

Andreas Koch and his team no doubt produce some of the best audio equipment available and it has one purpose in mind – to exceed the expectations of every music lover. This is why Phantom-Audio are pleased to announce their working partnership with Andreas Koch, Playback Designs and the technology of AK Designs as part of our Indonesian distribution network.

By bringing on board some of the most renown craftsmen with superlative reputations as specialists in their respective fields within the global sound industry, Phantom-Audio are now able to provide the most discerning of clients design and technology which exceeds all expectations.

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