Originally Posted by ukon16
So....have the drivers fixed all the problems on this unit?
A buddy of mine wants to trade DACs(a musiland MD11) with my Xonar.
Is this unit really that messed up!?!
How's the audio quality compare to a schitt modi, yulong, or HRT DAC?
Maybe the $300 purchase price went to the sweet blue screen!
BTW.....is this unit horrible for the price of $300 or just a craptacular DAC even after firmware updates?
For example, I planned on buying a Schitt magni(I'm using more so for the DAC than head amp although that's useful too).
The drivers haven't really fixed anything since the issues are in the hardware (output circuit design for the line out and headphone out sections - namely DC offset for both, and high output impedance for the HP out)
Just about the only nice thing about it is a bulk mode USB implementation that you usually see in pro-audio cards, or high end DACs.
if dc on line out, or HP out don't matter to you - it's fine (err, not too sure what else you'd use it for). The new v2 drivers are still buggy as they introduce new features, but not too bad.
MD11 is pretty much unsuitable for IEMs or low impedance+high sensitivity headphones (buzzing/noise and frequency response curve interactions) or amps connected via line out with high gain and no DC filtering. (e.g. stax amps)
If those don't bother you - by all means trade for it
They're possibly suitable to drive 300 ohm HD650 or 600 from the built in amp (with 600, it'd probably give a pleasing laid back sound, and the HP out problems probably won't affect HD600 much).
To be honest, I'm not sure what the alternatives at say $100 are (today), but I'm sure you can do better.Edited by svyr - 1/4/13 at 4:21am