I don't find the MD10 to sound like the Grado sound. It has a bit of a forward midrange I believe due to the CS4398 DAC chip which is known for a more forward and fuller midrange. But the bass to my ears is very full and has nice punch, and spatially I think it does separation well and wouldn't think of it as a negaive thing. Are you planning to use this as an amp/dac combo? See, like I said before, spacemanspliff is using his unit as an amp/DAC combo and while the headphone amp is a nice addition with low impedance cans it does sound a tad more narrow and less separated than the dedicated amps I have. His comments, duly respected and much appreciated obviously, are from using the MD10 as an amp/DAC combo. As a standalone DAC paired with an amp I hear more open and separated space. I would say that my Zhaolu does have a bit more of a separated quality but it's definitely not night and day. The more midrange and bass focused sound of the MD10 is likely some of the reason why it sounds a bit more intimate and not as open as say, an AD1852 based Zhalu which has a more open and brighter treble. Just my 2 cents.
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12/28/06 at 7:42pm