This esoteric DAC, the Paradisea 3 by Mhdt Laboratory, is fully functional and in perfect working order. It is a tube buffer DAC hand made in Taiwan with USB, coax and optical inputs. 

Most of the chassis is made with smoked acrylic with metal sides. The Paradisea 3 originally retailed for $710 and the current version sells for $730 direct from the manufacturer. 

The chassis is in very good condition with minor scuffs. The screws from the top of the chassis are missing but it will not effect performance. 

The tube dac will be well packed and shipped within one business day. It is guaranteed to arrive in the condition described. 

The Paradisea (RRP $710) is MHDT Labs’ mid-level DAC, possessing a specifications sheet that marks it out as quite the progressive beast. Like the Havana (above it) and the Constantine (below), the Paradisea hails from the non-oversampling school of conversion from which graduates value musicality over accuracy. Rather than focus on the individual drops of water, the flow of the entire audio river is a central tenet of this manufacturer’s DAC design philosophy. Jiun from Taiwan’s MHDT Labs told me, “Paradisea is with (sic) Philips TDA1545A, it is the economic version of Philips TDA1541A or so called simplified R2R”. Furthermore, it sports a tube output buffer stage (a GE5670) partnered with an LM4562 Op-Amp that DIY-bods should know is user-upgradeable. If you insist on a fully discrete output stage then you should seek out the Paradisea’s big brother, the Havana and be prepared to be stung for an additional $300.

Connectivity options are the now-standard triumvirate of coaxial, optical and USB (which supplants the BNC of earlier Paradisea models). During our e-mail exchange, Jiun confirmed no other differences existed: “The original Paradisea and Paradisea 3 is the same in circuit. The only difference is pcb trace layout.” Casework is a point of contention between some of my audiophile buddies. Some love the “smoked glass” plastic shell, others find it tacky and constantly seek out new ways to hide it. I can’t help but think that MHDT missed an opportunity to capitalise on (possible) consumer demand for coloured variations that stray from the 1970’s aesthetics.

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Very Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Brand Mhdt Laboratory
Model Paradisea 3
Categories DACs
Made In Taiwan

Excellent seller. fast delivery and item was well packed and arrived as advertised.

Mike B. - February 17, 2020

Excellent Transaction, Communication, Just as Described

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Mhdt Laboratory Paradisea 3 Digital to Analog Converter DAC w/ Tube Buffer
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