I´ve ordered an MDAC and should be receiving it tomorrow. Had a 8200CDQ once and quite liked it. The MDAC should be even superior. It was a decision between Yulong D18 and the MDAC, but in the end the MDAC seemed like a safer way to go especially since I´m already familiar with John Westlake´s previous Sabre32 product. It´s also more versatile with upgradable firmware, filters and a future upgrade path via the MPAX (external high quality power supply). And it has to be said, it´s pretty awesome JohnW offers support for his gear all the time on the Pink Fish Media audio forums. That said, I´d love to hear the Yulong D18 someday too. It would make for an awesome post to put those two up against each other.
Hopefully I´ll find the time to do a full comparative review of the MDAC against the DACs I have at hand (Hegel HD20 and ASUS E1). Every time I read project86´s excellent posts I´m inspired to try writing a review as well :)
EDIT: MDAC in the house. Currently burning it in. I'm not going to post much before I've had a lot more time with it. Honeymoon comments happen so easily, but I'll at least try to minimize them. Very brief first impressions though: not much point in comparing against the ASUS E1 no matter which opamp configuration it's on (out of the opamps I have that is, I haven't tried the single channel high end ones). It's in a different league, the difference is much larger than I expected. If E1 is the budget league giant, the MDAC is looking like a high end one. I'll be comparing it to the Hegel HD20 instead.
Edited by vrln - 4/30/12 at 3:16pm