Technology

Mark Levinson and his Daniel Hertz engineers have created real differentiators in audio, including the first upgrade to the digital audio waveform since it was introduced in the 1970s.
New semiconductors, software, electronic architecture, and speakers deliver the sound of pure analogue master tapes from digital content including streaming.

Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat Semiconductor

Daniel Hertz is the only audio equipment manufacturer that develops its own proprietary Audio IC (integrated circuit) technology beginning from the silicon up. Daniel Hertz created a new generation of audio ICs called the Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat, a visionary technology from founder Mark Levinson. The exclusive Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat Class D Audio Chip is the only audio IC capable of running Daniel Hertz patent-pending software, which provides the sound and feeling of pure analogue from digital content, including streaming. Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat provides all the functions of separate components, including; DAC ( Digital to Analogue Converter), Preamplifier, Power amplifier with up to 12 channels, crossover, and headphone amplifier.

Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat is fully configurable and programmable. The entire signal flow is configured by software and can be reconfigured anytime. This allows Daniel Hertz systems to be configured, for example, as a two-channel stereo amplifier, a four-channel amplifier for bi-amplified speakers, or a high-power (800WPC) two-channel amplifier. Speaker tuning can be fine-tuned at any time. Active crossovers can be programmed for bi-amplified speakers, with levels fine-tuned to perfection. The frequency response of the headphone jack can be tuned for any specific headphone. The Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat offers resolution second to none in a highly integrated design with a pure signal path that eliminates sources of coloration and degradation.

The Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat IC is a masterpiece in audio engineering from Mark Levinson and the Daniel Hertz engineers.

Daniel Hertz Audio Technology Architecture

It is well known that if you listen to 10 power amplifiers, they all sound different.  The reason is that the internal architecture of amplifiers is different. The internal architecture of Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat IC is designed to be exceptionally linear, surpassing the transparency of large, heavy, expensive heat-producing pure analogue amplifiers. In addition to being an amplifier, Mighty Cat also performs the functions of the ( DAC ) digital-to-analogue converter, and signal processor for active crossovers and more, providing an extremely short signal path that eliminates sources of sonic coloration such as long lead lengths, multiple power supplies, ground loops, signal loading, noise pickup, and inductance. 

The Daniel Hertz amplifier architecture includes USB and coax digital input stages, one-megohm analogue inputs, output stages, power supplies, protection circuits, and wifi and Bluetooth receivers that match the performance of the Might Cat chip and enable the listener to get the full benefit of its advanced engineering.

Daniel Hertz’s electronic architecture can be used to make audio amplifiers, headphone amplifiers, headphones, wifi, Bluetooth speakers, portable audio systems, and car, marine, and aviation audio systems,  using the same Mighty Cat “brain.” This enables all Daniel Hertz electronic designs to deliver the same exceptional purity of sound. The differences are the number of channels, the number of inputs, power per channel, and features – but the quality remains the same. No other audio manufacturer can make this claim.

Daniel Hertz Continous Wave ( C-wave )

Everyone falls in love with pure analogue audio – LPs and open reel tape recordings. No one falls in love with digital audio. Daniel Hertz C Wave technology is not a gimmick or a sound effect. C Wave is the first fundamental improvement to digital audio since it was invented in 1976. Daniel Hertz is the only company in the world that has fully defined the digital problem and created a solution. The solution is called Daniel Hertz C -wave technology. Pure analogue audio is based on a continuous waveform. Digital audio is based on a non-continuous (sampled) waveform. Years of testing with advanced computer-based heath diagnostic equipment shows that the human brain is fatigued or stressed by the digital audio waveform. Daniel Hertz C Wave fills in the spaces of the PCM digital audio waveform with original musical information – not sound effects – which enables the brain to respond like to pure analogue, with no fatigue or stress reaction.

Because music is emotion, not sound, fatigue or stress interfere with our ability to get lost in the music. Mark Levinson’s overriding inspiration for developing the patent-pending C Wave technology was his devotion to live music, the pure analogue listening experience, and his passion for upgrading digital audio, including streaming, to enable the emotion that is the fundamental reason why people buy high-quality audio equipment in the first place.

All audio equipment, from the most expensive to the least expensive, is based on the same obsolete non-continuous digital waveform. Daniel Hertz C Wave is the innovation that overcomes the limitations of digital audio without replacing your music library and digital sources.

Typical audio systems are designed to make digital audio tolerable by masking high frequencies and softening the sound, which degrades what the musicians intended. So how can you respond to what you can’t hear? Mark Levinson and the Daniel Hertz engineers refused to compromise the music – instead, with C Wave, they improved the actual media format, including streaming.

Daniel Hertz Exclusive Speaker Technology

Observing that no available speaker could faithfully reproduce the sound of all instruments and voices, Mark Levinson decided to make one.

Breaking the mold, Daniel Hertz engineers designed the flagship M1, which set a new industry standard in music reproduction. The Daniel Hertz team then developed more compact speakers with the DNA of the M1.

Daniel Hertz makes two types of speakers: bi-amplified and full range.

Bi-amplification uses one channel of power amplifier for the subwoofer, and one channel for the mid-high frequency section (per channel). An active crossover is required to divide the audio into a low pass section that drives the subwoofer, and a high pass section that drives the mid-high speakers.

Daniel Hertz’s bi-amplified models are the M1 and M4.
The technology includes:

~Daniel Hertz designed and manufactured exclusive compression driver tweeters and molded horns that reproduce frequencies above 2kz, with 130dB SPL capability and 105dB efficiency.

~Daniel Hertz-designed 12″ woofers that reproduce frequencies up to 2kHz, with 130B capability and 100dB efficiency.

~Daniel Hertz-designed 18″ and 15″ subwoofers that reproduce frequencies up to 80Hz, built with excursion capability beyond any other residential speaker, to achieve sound pressure levels up to 130dB with no audible distortion, heat sinking for continuous operation at SPL up to 130dB. In addition, proprietary cone material reduces sound coloration and is not affected by changes in temperature and humidity in the home environment.

~150kg and 120kg braced cabinets, built with precise internal air volumes. The cabinet is sealed and finished with 35 kilograms of premium piano finish.

~Exclusive Daniel Hertz-designed crossover (2kHz) between the 12″ woofer and tweeter, personally tuned by Mark Levinson.

Daniel Hertz’s full-range speaker models include the M7, Chiara, Amber, Eva, and Soulmates. The technology includes:

~The Daniel Hertz M7 are built with a high-efficiency compression driver tweeter (105dB/1W/1M/8 ohms) and molded horn. Daniel Hertz Chiara is made with an exclusive aerostriction tweeter in a separate enclosure. Amber and Soulmates are built with exclusive Daniel Hertz point source coaxial drivers (woofer with tweeter in the center, in one piece, 10″ for Amber, 6″ for Soulmates). Finally, Eva is built with a 1″ silk dome tweeter.

~The Daniel Hertz M7 is built with a 12″ high-efficiency woofer; Eva is made with a 6″ woofer.

~The Daniel Hertz M7 cabinet is floor-standing with three ports on the rear panel. A sloping front panel focuses the sound at the listening position. Amber is made with a Daniel Hertz exclusive design sloping front, rear-ported cabinet. Soulmates are built with a solid European-made Perspex cabinet with double the density of the wood. Eva is made with 25mm thick wall cabinets with radius on all edges for minimum diffraction, rear-ported, with black piano finish that seals the entire cabinet.