Mutec has released the Ref10 SE120 10MHz reference clock generator.

With a phase noise value of <‑120dBc measured at 1Hz distance from the carrier frequency of 10MHz, the Ref10 SE120 produces low jitter measured values of an average of <15fs in the crucial measuring range between 1-100Hz, which the company claims has ‘a clearly audible impact on the sonic performance of connected devices’.

Mutec Ref10 SE120The Ref10 SE120 can be used to improve and enhance the sound quality of compatible DACs, audio re‑clockers and music servers.

Ita special version of the predecessor Ref10 (launched in 2017), enhanced in terms of signal performance. It differs from the standard Ref10 through its more elaborately manufactured and selected oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO).

Because of its connectivity, the Ref10 SE120 is extremely flexible while maintaining easy operation. Eight simultaneously available clock outputs at both 50Ω and 75Ω impedance not only allow the Ref10 SE120 to be used in combination with Mutec products having a 10MHz input – like the MC3+/MC3+USB Smart Clocks and iClock/iClock dp – as well as 10MHz compatible components from third-party manufacturers.

Due to the limited availability of meticulously tested and selected crystal oscillators, the Ref10 SE120 is available only in small batches and will be shipped with either a black or aluminium front plate for the list price of €5,498 (including VAT).

Key features:

  • 10MHz reference master clock generator with phase noise of ‑120dBc at 1Hz.
  • Improves compatible DACs, audio re‑clockers, music servers and master clocks.
  • Provides simultaneous reference outputs with 50Ω and 75Ω impedance.
  • Sub‑Hz optimized, lowest noise power supplies for every circuit section.
  • Integrated highest quality international linear power supply.
  • Highly-efficient power line filtering.

‘Without doubt, the Ref10 was and is a milestone in the development of audiophile reference clock generators,’ asserts Mutec CEO, Christian Peters. ‘During the development, we noticed that its sonic performance in particular is decisively influenced by the crystal oscillator used. As a result, our Ref10 developer and our oscillator supplier came together to optimize the oscillator’s production so that a sufficient quantity of oscillators can be produced in the quality level required for the Ref10 SE120. We are sure that with the Ref10 SE120 we are offering our customers a product that fully meets the continuously increasing demands for audiophile improvement of audio components as well as delivering perfect clock synchronization in a commercial studio environment.’


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