Originally Posted by tszazados
Me too, thanks, and take my sympathy for the poor Yulong.
But theoretically, this Musiland MD11 needs only a good firmware and maybe some extra care, and still can be great DAC in my opinion.
Thanks (d100), but as for MD11, mmm not really firmware - firmware won't fix:
1) DC offset on line out, making it ill-suited for directly coupled things connected to line out (e.g some stax amps). - You could be cool and either void the warranty to add some caps to the outputs, or put in caps in-cable
, but um, not really great solutions.
2) faulty power buttons, or
3) strange grounding or ac filtering noise. or
4) the dearest engineering gents grounding the front panel ('pro-tip:' hold it as you plug in the usb cable for 500ma funtimes, preferably with wet hands) or (also nice for testing to spec implementation on your usb hub or MB ports, and possibly power adapter safety features if it's a powered hub, lol?)
5) overheating problems as well - the unit froze and played up on the 40 deg days (seems like no one rates their equipment to + 45 degrees *C
at some point i'll also measure DC offset on the HP outs, I bet it's also 70mv like on line out...(well above the generally considered 20mv max 'tolerable')
So no, it needs both a redesign, better quality components an a better release manager for the firmware/drivers (a - testing, b - change logs, delaying release until usable firmware and drivers). Still, by the looks of it they've managed to make the firmware/drivers ok a while back. (v2.0ish and 1.0.30).
Also, keep in mind that I paid $400 incl shipping for this sh!t
lovely idea to make the highs rolled off though. I like it that way since all my HP are bright (-3db @ 20k)
It would be interesting to know why MD30 has been repeatedly delayed. I hope it's for reasons of fixing the design, fw/drivers and parts issues. (I think the price was going to be something completely ridiculous as well - 3980 Yuan - around $600 + shipping and importer seller margin?)Edited by svyr - 3/7/11 at 6:12am