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A Review On: Audiolab M-DAC

Audiolab M-DAC

Rated # 8 in DACs
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Price paid: $888.00
head8k
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Pros: Feature packed, great sound, balanced outs, preamp mode

Cons: Parent company (IAG, China) not providing support, weak power connector

I love this DAC - it really sounds fantastic and is packed with features, inputs, outputs and great looks. Designed by arguably the best engineer working in this field - John Westlake (Google him if you're not familiar with his work) - I knew it was going to be good even before hearing it.

 

John provides support over on the Pink Fish Media forums and has released firmware updates and fixed customer's units if faults arise. It's a strange situation where a designer working as a consultant (for Audiolab/IAG in this case) is providing repairs outside of the official warranty. Anyway, the community arising around this DAC is growing all the time and it seems to have a great future ahead of it with John's own company, Lakewest, currently designing matching linear psu, amps, a transport and more.

 

I cannot recommend this DAC highly enough and it really should be auditioned if this is your price bracket.

2 Comments:

Good review , steep price (for a budget audiophile) :)
I've had my eye on this DAC for a while. Have you tried it as a headphone amp? If so, with which 'phones, and how does it sound? Thanks.
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