Playback Design Dream Transport

Playback Design Dream Transport

Dream Transport

MPT-8 Playback Designs Transport


  • Connects directly to MPD-8 (or any other Playback Designs DAC) via PLink
  • Connects to any other DAC via AES
  • Special designed high end SACD/CD transport
  • optional built-in Syrah server with 2TB SSD storage
  • optional built-in StreamX Streamer
  • Easy and intuitive remote control via iPad or Android



The MPT-8 serves as the digital source for its companion product, the MPD-8 Dream DAC. It
is designed to provide a multitude of internal digital sources as well as plenty of connectivity for
many external sources. It incorporates extensive buffering, re-clocking, filtering and cleaning
of all digital sources before encoding the digital audio data in its native format onto a fiber
optical carrier (PLINK) for the MPD-8 DAC. This architecture provides the ultimate separation
between digital sources and the sensitive analog circuitry inside the DAC. In fact, PLINK not
only provides a galvanic separation, but also allows for extremely long cable lengths (up to


The MPT-8 comes standard with a very high-quality CD/SACD drive system that has been
developed by D&M specifically for audiophile applications and is not just a modified mass-produced video drive as is very common with most other drive systems. All vital parts of this
drive are built-in metal for increased stability, tracking accuracy and vibration control.
In addition, the MPT-8 can be customized with the following internal options. They don’t
necessarily have to be installed at the factory, but can also be added as after-sales options by
the dealer.
• Syrah music server: this adds the same exact functionality as Playback Designs’ very
successful Syrah music server that is very easy to control via a custom app on a tablet. It
also supports fully automatic ripping of CD’s and connection of external storage such as
USB disk drives and network storage (NAS). Standard configuration is with an internal 2TB
solid-state-disc (SSD).
• Roon Core Server: this option allows direct integration of the entire Dream system into any
Roon audio network and makes it “roon-ready” with full support for any PCM or DSD rate.
But it is also a full Roon server that can be controlled via Roon’s control app (iOS and
Android). With its own network connection you can add an unlimited amount of files to your
Roon music library.
• Stream-X streamer provides direct connection to streaming services such as Tidal, Qobuz,
Deezer and vTuner that can be controlled via an app on a tablet. Furthermore, it also
allows to play files from connected USB storage or network storage (NAS) and provides
“roon-ready” integration into Roon audio networks with PCM support up to 192kHz and
single rate DSD. It functions as DLNA and UPnP renderer as well.

The MPT-8 is powered by the same high quality linear power supply as used in the MPD-8
Digital inputs: USB (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz)
AES (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
Coax (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
TosLink (PCM up to 96kHz)
PLINK optical (PCM up to 384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz)
Digital outputs: PLINK optical (reserved for direct connection to MPD-8 Dream DAC)
AES (PCM up to 192kHz, DSD via DoP)
Internal options: Syrah music server
Roon Core music server
Stream-X streamer
Software update: Playback Designs already created an excellent reputation with its
program to offer free software upgrades with new features or new
algorithms that the end user can upload into the transport without the
need to return it to the dealer or manufacturer. This will keep the
product always up-to-date with the latest trends and, therefore, will
help in keeping the value high for this product.
Remote control: A hand-held IR control set is provided in a sleek case with lit buttons.
The MPT-8 is also equipped with a network interface for remote control
via networked apps (future expansion).

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