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If anyone is interested in a used one in mint condition, Feel free to pm me. 

 

Thanks

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Mine is out for the new Femto clock upgrade....They have a nice upgrade path for future enhancements....

Any news with that upgrade?

post #1338 of 1347

It was a good upgrade. (Cheap too!) This DAC has become one of my al time favorite pieces of Audio gear.

post #1339 of 1347

Back in January, I bought a 1tb SSD and had them swap it out for the stock HHD in my W4S Music Server. I have my components right next to my listing station, and could hear the HHD spooling up and down when accessing data. Very annoying during, very quite passages while listening to music. Now everything is silent! As it should be. Nice to see that is now a option listed on their site. I highly recommend an SSD if you have their music server and you sit close to it.

 

I was looking at the clock upgrade. Nice to see that it is reasonably priced. Not sure how much difference it would make to me. As the sound I have now from my system is just plain entrancing. Admittedly, not counting just the W4S components I have in my home system. I just don't think I would hear that much difference if any. The main game changer in my system it the Bakoon HPA-21 amp. It was the final piece for me as far as an end game rig. I was very surprised by this, but the sound is just that good. I have been at this a long time, and it's nice to see the new gear coming out and and thinking to myself, I just don't know how it could make my music sound any better than what I have now. Very nice feeling indeed! YMMV! But then again, this hobby is about trying different components. As least as far as your wallet will let you!

 

Cheers!

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I know someone who swears by the USB upgrade (DSD upgrade).

post #1341 of 1347

My DAC2 started out as the original DAC2 then got all the upgrades to the full DSDse version with Femto. Each addition was a definite upgrade from before. They do a nice job of keeping owners in the game should you choose to follow the upgrade path.

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Has anyone heard both DAC2 and Audiolab M-DAC? How do they compare?

I am contemplating to buy either of these, DAC2 that I am getting is a used gear, still more expensive than a new M-DAC. 

DAC2 is 110v version so I would need a 220v to 110v converter. M-DAC is 220v. Not sure how much it affects the sound quality. 

 

I heard M-DAC it was very detailed and has very good imaging but I found it slightly clinical sounding.

May the top end edginess was because the DAC was not broken in sufficiently. 

 

I have not heard DAC2 so I am very confused which one to go for. 

Any suggestions on how they perform against each other? 


Edited by UltraDev - 9/2/14 at 1:12am
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Originally Posted by UltraDev View Post
 

Has anyone heard both DAC2 and Audiolab M-DAC? How do they compare?

I am contemplating to buy either of these, DAC2 that I am getting is a used gear, still more expensive than a new M-DAC. 

DAC2 is 110v version so I would need a 220v to 110v converter. M-DAC is 220v. Not sure how much it affects the sound quality. 

 

I heard M-DAC it was very detailed and has very good imaging but I found it slightly clinical sounding.

May the top end edginess was because the DAC was not broken in sufficiently. 

 

I have not heard DAC2 so I am very confused which one to go for. 

Any suggestions on how they perform against each other? 

I have not heard the M-DAC so I cannot help. I am completely satisfied with my DAC2. I have seen the M-DAC at AXPONA and it is a great looking piece. The reviews are solid for it too. I cannot comment on its sonic signature myself.

post #1344 of 1347

Thank you longbowbbs

I would wait to see opinion from anyone who have heard both.  :happy_face1:

post #1345 of 1347

I love the look of the M-Dac...Very cool!

post #1346 of 1347

I have the North Star Dac 192 but wonder if it would be a large upgrade to go with the DAC-2. I think I could get rid of the analog preamp that I have not since I never play my vinyl now. How does it do as a preamp and DAC.

post #1347 of 1347

The DAC2 is a solid pre-amp. It does offer both SE and XLR balanced to the amp. You have a 65 step volume control. A dedicated pre-amp will outperform, but you will need a good to best the DAC2.

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