Daniel Hertz

Daniel Hertz

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DANIEL HERTZ M1

The Daniel Hertz M1 system

Studio reference monitor system with 18'' subwoofer.

150.000 €

The Daniel Hertz M1 system

The M1 system is built for those who refuse to compromise their music. All the boxes are checked.

M1

 

The M1 system is designed - cost no object - to reproduce recordings and audio sources  as faithfully as possible. You hear the source, not what the playback system is doing to it. If you are searching for the last playback system you will ever buy, proceed directly to the M1.

 

All engineering parameters are optimized - frequency response, dynamic range, imaging, deep bass extension,  freedom from dynamic compression and distortion. 

When you listen to the M1, you forget about equipment and are directly involved with the content.

 

 

The M1 system faithfully reproduces the recording or source, effortlessly reproducing any sound from the most delicate to the most powerful. Most people’s first comment is, “The musicians are in the room.” Beyond sound, the M1 system provides an unparalleled emotional experience.

 

The M1 system is a professional recording studio reference monitor system that can also be used as a residential music system. First introduced in 2009, the M1 is virtually never on the used market because no owner wants to sell them. The M1 L version, introduced in 2020, is the same as the original M1 but with a more contemporary look and the option of hardwood sides or all black piano finish.  A choice of hardwood finishes and colors is available to the customer.

 

The M1 system includes three pieces - a pair of M1 speakers and one M11 amplifier. The M11 is a single chassis that includes everything required except the source. A Mac or PC is recommended for quality and simplicity. Computers are used to make the finest recordings, and now offer the best options for reproducing music, movies, video and internet media.)

 

From an engineering perspective, the M1 system has outstanding specifications - high linearity, smooth frequency response, deep bass, wide dynamic range, wide dispersion, low distortion, and freedom from dynamic compression. These specifications, combined with highest quality parts, craftsmanship, and fine tuning by ear, enable the M1 system to reproduce the sound of instruments and voices and the soul of the performance more faithfully than any other playback system.

 

This is achieved with DH new engineering and technology. Custom made high efficiency speaker drivers turn more music energy into acoustic output, not heat, for the dynamics, slam and deep bass that is never achieved by home audio systems. 1W of power produces 100dB SPL (Sound Pressure Level). Every instrument, voice and detail is “right.” 

 

Each M1 is a work of art on the inside and outside. Compression driver tweeters with handbuilt 4” voice coils and wood horns machined from a solid block of high grade mahogany wood; 12” midrange and 18” subwoofer that can be accurately described as “beasts”; 150kg cabinets lovingly hand finished; stainless steel hardware that never discolors; and a quality of craftsmanship normally used to make the finest concert grand pianos.

 

 

 

 

The M1 and M11 are built with Daniel Hertz in-house built speaker connectors. Machined brass plates sandwich the bare copper speaker wire .so that no soldered lugs or speaker wire connectors are needed. A DH tightening tool is included to allow rock solid compression which makes the ideal electrical connection and does not degrade over time. The delrin body is an excellent dialectric, and the threaded brass shafts connect directly to the M11 amplifier output stage boards millimeters away inside the chassis to avoid internal wiring and losses.


The M1’s are bi-amplified. Each speaker requires two channels of amplifier, one for the mid-high and one for the subwoofer, four channels in total for stereo. To get the best bass, a large woofer is required. To get the full benefit, the woofer must be driven directly by an amplifier channel without any passive crossover. A separate amplifier channel is used to drive the mid-high drivers.

 

M11

 

The DH M11 is a complete single-chassis for driving bi-amplified speakers, with all functions including four amplifier channels of 200W @ 8 ohms/400W @ 4 ohms. The functions typically provided by a DAC, preamplifier, active crossover, wifi receiver, and so forth are all included in a highly integrated design with maximum performance.

 

With the M11, the usual pile of boxes and wires is gone. DAC-less digital to analog conversion provided by the Mighty Cat Class D amplifier IC (integrated circuit) has a native resolution of 384kHz. Three analog inputs with 1 meg ohms input impedance, three digital inputs (USB, Coax, Wifi) and record outputs, and a ¼” headphone jack make the M11 highly flexible.

 

The heart of the M11 amplifier is the DH Mighty Cat Class D amplifier IC with the embedded Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat software suite. This unique IC is the brainchild of Mark Levinson, and includes internal blocks that run the embedded Mighty Cat software suite. The Mighty Cat software provides active 18dB/octave crossovers, exclusive speaker tuning, A+ technology for analog sound from digital recordings, and fine tuning to push performance to the theoretical limits.

The M1! is a masterpiece of engineering and design built to last for many decades. It is likely to keep you company for the rest of your life, and then continue to serve whoever is fortunate enough to get it after you.

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DANIEL HERTZ M4

The Daniel Hertz M4 system

Studio reference monitor system with 15'' subwoofer.

120.000 €

The Daniel Hertz M4 system

 

The Daniel Hertz M4 system is a compact version of the M1, using a 15” woofer instead of an 18”.  The M4 is available with a choice of hardwood finishes or in all black.

 

The M4 faithfully reproduces recordings of the most delicate music to the most powerful, in all genres from all eras, as well as film and video sound tracks. The M4 is highly efficient (1W/95dB/8 ohms/1M). With 200W per channel x 4 from the M11 amplifier, a pair of M4 produces around 120dB SPL.

 

The M4 includes three custom built Daniel Hertz drivers per channel - a compression driver tweeter with a 4” voice coil, a 12” woofer and a 15"” woofer. The 15” woofer is driven directly from the M11 by the subwoofer output channel, while the 12” and tweeter are driven by the mid-high output channel.

 

 

The M4 system consists of two speakers and one amplifier chassis that includes everything required except the source. An Apple computer is recommended for quality and simplicity.


The M4 is a masterpiece of engineering and design built to last for many decades. It is likely to keep you company for the rest of your life, and then continue to serve whoever is fortunate enough to get it after you.


The M4 is powered by the M11 amplifier. The M11 amplifier is a single chassis design that includes four channels of 200W @ 8 ohms/400W @ 4 ohms, all active 18dB/oct filters, embedded advanced audio software for tuning, and A+ technology for analog sound from digital recordings. Performance is close to the theoretIcal limits - nowhere left to go.

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DANIEL HERTZ M7

The Daniel Hertz M7 system

High efficiency two-way floor standing studio monitor system.

45.000 €

The Daniel Hertz M7 system

The Daniel Hertz M7 is our most compact high efficiency speaker. 

 

The M7 system is similar to the M1 and M4 but without the large subwoofer. The M7 is more compact and is powered by the M12, a 2 channel power amplifier using the same technology as the M11.  The M7 is available in white or black piano finish.

 

The M7 faithfully reproduces recordings of the most delicate music to the most powerful, in all genres from all eras, as well as film and video sound tracks. The M7 is highly efficient (1W/100dB/8 ohms/1M). With 200W per channel x 4 from the M11 amplifier, a pair of M4 can produce over 120dB SPL. The M7 includes a Daniel Hertz compression driver tweeter with a 4” voice coil, and a  Daniel Hertz 12” woofer.

 

 

 

The M7 system consists of two speakers and one amplifier chassis that includes everything required except the source. An Apple computer is recommended for quality and simplicity. 

 

The M7 is a masterpiece of engineering and design, built to last for many decades. It is likely to keep you company for the rest of your life, and then continue to serve whoever is fortunate enough to get it after you.

 

The M12 amplifier is a single chassis design that produces 200W @ 8 ohms/400W @ 4 ohms per channel. The Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat software suite, embedded in the custom made Class D amplifier chip,  provides active 18dB/oct filters, advanced audio software for tuning, and A+ technology for analog sound from digital recordings. Performance is at the theoretical limits.

The M7 and M12 are the ultimate compact solution for those who  refuse to compromise their music.

 

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DANIEL HERTZ M15

The Daniel Hertz M15 system

Compact, floor standing near field monitor system.

30.000 €

The Daniel Hertz M15 system

The Daniel Hertz M15 is an elegant, compact living room speaker.

The M15 speakers partner with the M12 amplifier to produce amazing sound with pinpoint imaging due to the new custom made DH 10” concentric driver. The M15 take up a modest amount of floor space yet fill the room with an amazing quality of natural sound, with lightning fast dynamic and exceptional clarity. Bass response extends to 25Hz with no subwoofer.


The M15 is available in two versions. It can be used with the M12 amplifier for maximum flexibility and dynamic range; or with a wireless amplifier module mounted to the rear panel which has lossless wifi connectivity.


Each M15 is a work of art. The piano finish cabinet is lovingly handcrafted by artisan woodworkers using the finest materials. The front, top and rear are black; the sides are hardwood veneer.

 

The entire cabinet is piano (mirror) finish with a large number of hand applied coats, each coat painstakingly sanded and polished.  The standard hardwood is curly maple.  Customers can select from a range of hardwoods to match the speaker finish to the room decor on special order.

 

The M12 amplifier is a single chassis design that produces 200W @ 8 ohms/400W @ 4 ohms per channel. The Daniel Hertz Mighty Cat software suite, embedded in the custom made Class D amplifier chip,  provides active 18dB/oct filters, advanced audio software for tuning, and A+ technology for analog sound from digital recordings. Performance is at the theoretical limits.

 

The M15, with the M12  or the rear-mounted wireless amplifier module, is the most compact and affordable high performance Daniel Hertz audio solution.

Mark Levinson founded Daniel Hertz to go to the next level in music  reproduction.

Fasten your seat belt.

Daniel Hertz (DH), Mark Levinson’s new Swiss company, was founded in 2007 to advance the state of the art in audio. DH products are highly innovative and break all the rules, intended for those who think “out of the box”.

 

DH makes a boutique line of products shown on this web site designed for music recording and mastering studio professionals and residential listeners with the most demanding requirements.

 

We invite personal communication and are happy to answer your questions and pay attention to your individual needs.

 


 

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