Wadia load m330 media server with internal DAC


Arriving via press release today is news of the m330 music server from the now Fine Sounds’ owned Wadia, whose range has seen significant overhaul in the last 12 months.

The m330’s 9cm-high chassis reflects the sleek industrial design of the forerunning Wadia’s 321 Decoding Computer (US$3000) and a315 digital amplifier (US$3500). You can of course bring your own or amplifier to the party.

USB or S/PDIF digital outputs and single-ended or balanced analogue outputs feed DAC and amplifier respectively. Reading between the lines then, the m330 loads internal D/A conversion into the deal for which PCM decoding up to 24bit/192kHz is supported. The digital outputs top out at the same level and with no explicit mention of DSD, it’s more than likely not supported.

Inside the box, a solid state hard drive hosts an Autonomic-based operating system for playback from the additional 1TB HDD – not huge by today’s standards – and the cloud. The m330 integrates Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody and SiriusXM to which regional restrictions apply. Need more local storage? eSata and USB data ports connect user-supplied external drives.

Remote control comes via supplied wand, iOS and Android apps or a web browser.


Here be specifications:

  • Distortion: 0.005%
  • Frequency Response: ±1Db 2Hz To 22,000Hz
  • Maximum Volts Out (Balanced / Unbalanced): 4.2 V Rms
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: 102Db
  • Output Impedance: 600 Ohms (Balanced / Unbalanced)
  • Dynamic Range: 96Db
  • Dimensions: 45cm x 50cm x 8.6cm
  • Weight: 11.3kg

The Wadia m330 sells for US$6000.

Further information: Wadia | Press release .pdf

Written by John H. Darko

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  1. Yet another integrated device that’s likely a half-ass DAC and a half-ass amp. Why don’t they put a speaker sound bar in it and call it a day. I could understand if Wadia priced it at about $1,000 and included a headphone jack to attract the home office users. But at $6,000 what market is Wadia going after?

  2. Why would you think Wadia, would release a “half-ass” DAC? They have a strong lineage with digital products. Sure…it’s pricey; but it’s likely a 321 inside, and that’s $3k on its own.

    As for the streamer portion; it’s as feature-rich, as anything I’ve seen…including the fact, that rather than hitch itself to one streaming service, which seems to be de rigueur these days. They integrate, wait…ALL of them!

    No…the real crime here, AFAICT; is no DSD support.