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musicbook:15 DSD

The musicbook:15 DSD is equivalent to the musicbook: 10 DSD, but in addition offers a built-in CD player. It is a USB digital-to-analog converter with a superb sound quality, which enables the music reproduction from the computer in studio mastering quality. Resolutions of up to 384 kHz PCM and DSD 256 are easily handled. But there is more. It is also a quite outstanding CD player.

But the musicbook:15 DSD can do a lot more. The integrated analog preamp, which also doubles as an excellent headphone amp, allows the connection of a phono preamp and thus offers a consummate audiophile quality also with vinyl records.

In terms of technology the musicbook:15 DSD is definitely way ahead of the competition. Using a sophisticated recalculation all digital audio signals are converted into DSD 128/256, a data format which is highly esteemed by audiophiles worldwide. Thus the actual digital-analog conversion is reduced to a mere filtering of the DSD signal. This completely new approach is the secret behind the musicbook’s exceptionally good sound.



CD player

USB-Audio Class 2


Headphone output


DSD resampling

Analog outputs

Digital inputs

Analog inputs


Technical specifications


Mains voltage: 100 – 250 V, 50 - 60 Hz
Dimensions: 280 x 220 x 65 mm (W x D x H)
Weight: 3.40 kg
Power consumption: 0.5 W standby, 30 W max.

CD player

Slot-In drive (TEAC) with premium mechanism
Superb reading properties and CD text support
Excellent jitter performance

USB interface

Resolution PCM: 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, 24 bit
Resolution DSD: DSD 64 – DSD 128 (DoP-mode), DSD 64 – DSD 256 (Native DSD-mode)
USB 2.0 Device Interface: USB-Audio Class 2 compatible (High-Speed mode), asynchronous mode operation
Master-Clock: Ultra-Low Jitter, Dual Frequency DPLL-clock

Bluetooth interface

Supported formats: SBC, AAC, aptX
Metadata support
Bluetooth profile: AVRCP, A2DP


Digital/Analog converter

Inputs: two optical (up to 96 kHz) and two coaxial digital inputs (75 ohms, up to 192 kHz) for SPDIF signals (LPCM)
THD & Noise: <0,001% (@ 0dBFS)
Dynamic range: >130dB
D/A converter resolution: 352,8/384 kHz, 32 bit or DSD 256
Converter architecture: two AK 4490 DACs in dual-differential mono-mode, AK 4137 re-sampler
Master-Clock: ultra-low jitter dual-frequency DPLL-Clock
Jitter-reduction of re-sampling process >40 dB
Output voltage: 4 V @ 0dBFS unbalanced, 8 V @ balanced (Volume 99)

Analog pre-amplifier

Inputs: analog line level inputs (RCA) with 20 kOhms input impedance. Maximum input voltage: 8 V unbalanced (RCA)
Outputs: one balanced (XLR) and one unbalanced (RCA) line level outputs. Outputs are independent. Maximum output level: 8 V (unbalanced),16 V (balanced)
Headphone connection: 1/4" (6,35 mm) jack socket for headphones with 32 to 600 ohms impedance
Volume level control range: 0 to 99 with the following characteristic: 0 to 20 in 2 dB steps / 21 to 60 in 1 dB steps / 61 to 99 in 0,5dB steps
Balance control range: +/- 6 dB in 1 dB steps
Gain: 0 dB
Fixed Line Output (FLO) equals volume set to maximum (99), output voltage 4 V @ 0dBFS unbalanced, 8 V @ 0dBFS balanced
Frequency response: 0 - 200kHz (-3 dB)
THD & Noise: < 0,001% @ 4,00V Output



HIFI-WORLD (UK) / June 2017

"Lindemann’s extensive DSD experience has evidently paid off."

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Fidelity (Germany) / April 2017

"Natives DSD-Resampling sorgt für eine fast analoge Klanganmutung."

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LowBeats (Germany) / March 2017

"Diese kleine DAC-Vorstufe schlägt die Brücke zu einem High End von morgen."

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Enjoy the Music (USA) / March 2017

"It's a stone cold bargain - buy one today."

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HIFI WIGWAM (UK) / February 2017

"There was a very natural clarity of the voices, you can hear all the words being sung."

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6 Moons (Irland) / February 2017

"Used as a DAC/preamp, the musicbook had the audible edge (vs. the Auralic Vega)."

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Modern HiFi (Germany) / December 2016

"Qualität setzt sich letztlich durch, wie auch Lindemann stets aufs Neue und zuletzt mit der musicbook-Reihe beweist."

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The operation manual for all musicbook:DSD sources


The brochure for the musicbook series (general information)


The musicbook:15 DSD is equipped with a highresolution USB interface which allows to play back music from a computer. Hereby the musicbook replaces the internal soundcard of the computer.