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post #856 of 859
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post
 

 

Yup... so under-praised, it's kind of odd.

 

Very odd, indeed...taking into account  that M-DAC is a great-sounding DAC with discrete Class A headamp in one nice package at very nice price.

post #857 of 859
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Does the HE-500 pair well with the M-Dac or would you recommend an amp as well?

 

The M-DAC alone is a bit underpowered for the HE-500, though I didn't try driving them using the XLR outputs. The built-in amp is rather good, slightly below the Lehmann Black Cube Linear in performance. If you power the M-DAC with a high powered headphone amp it should let the HE-500 shine a bit more. I found the M-DAC a bit too aggressive sounding and lacking in bass, but that was more than a year ago when I sold my M-DAC so my memory might be out of tune.

post #858 of 859

Hey guys

 

if MDAC, Wadia 121, Teac UD-501, YULONG D200(DA8), mytek stereo192 and Audio-GD NFB1 are the same price, which one(or two) would you choose for 80% USB 44/16 and 20% new experience in hi res audio?

 

Only the USB sound quality have matters. I love old(jazz rock) LP and CD records before loudness.

 

Other equipment that I use at the moment Beta22, HE500,HD600, AKG701


Edited by rockfan1972 - 10/11/14 at 4:18pm
post #859 of 859
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Originally Posted by rockfan1972 View Post

 

... which one(or two) would you choose for 80% USB 44/16 and 20% new experience in hi res audio?

 

Only the USB sound quality have matters. I love old(jazz rock) LP and CD records before loudness.

 

I like M-DAC digital filters, use 3 of them quite frequently to slightly alter sonic signature, when I wish. Kind of "3 DACs in one".

It also handles Hi-Res up to 24/96 via USB flawlessly. 

 

BTW, regarding Hi-Res Audio bandwagon - to my ears it's mostly marketing bluff.

I do hear differences (using ABX plugin in foobar2k) between different masters of same 16/44 album (MasterSound or MFSL releases vs 'regular' ones, for example).

Although there is no audible difference to my ears to Hi-Res vs 16/44, there are cases, when better quality master can be found only in Hi-Res format nowadays - in that case, don't bother above 24/96, it's just a waste of HDD space.

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