I'm looking for impressions and opinions of the HRT Music Streamer II + USB DAC. Especially compared to other up to $500 USB DACs like DacMagic, RDac, Vdac. I like the simplicity of the device, the price point, and reviews online reviews seem favorable. Will be used together on IMAC based system with Meier Concerto and D7000.
Impressions/Opinions on HRT Music Streamer II + needed
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I only have the + version, the one that came before the II+ and it is fantastic. Paired in your set up, it should be wonderful. And your right about the simplicity of the device. Plug and play. Plus theres no power cable to worry about.
Thanks guys, I've read those reviews and they look good. Will likely order from Amazon this week and compare to my Apogee Duet.......really hoping it's at least as good of a DAC if not better, would like to clear my desk of the Duet's rat nest of cables.
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I am very happy with the MSII (the base model), but I havent heard the other Streamer models. Surprised by the number of people here who still turn their noses up at USB DACs - they really need to read some of Gordon Rankin's posts over at Computer Audiophile before coming out with pronouncements re. USB vs coax vs Firewire etc. Implementation is everything, and the lollygaggers who get caught up in reciting outdated 'wisdom' will inevitably get left behind in the coming decade.
Not sure that the dual-RCA-into-mini-plug arrangement that you need for most portable amps will make everyone happy, but I like what it has done for my music. If I had to describe the sound signature in a single word, it would be 'smooth' : those looking for extreme clarity/resolution etc would be happier with another DAC. Comparing the Streamer to the Benchmark/QB-9 etc is farcical, but its surprising how many people want to engage in this type of madness. Those who want a Ferrari need to be prepared to pay for one :)
I get mine Wednesday! Can't wait. After this paycheck, I'll put down a preorder for a Schiit Lyr...then April is an 'extra paycheck month', so I'll probably spring for some LCD-2!
Splendid timing - the Caliente is on my shortlist :)
I'd like to add to the kudos Oriel has received for his prompt and helpful replies in relation to the amp. You dont have to read too many threads to find someone bitching about certain amp makers and their patchy lines of communication (no names, Ray :) ). Personally, I can sympathise with those guys, and I wonder how it doesn't get old after the 500th email from a prospective customer, but I guess that is one of the things that separates a professional operation from the rest.
Got my Streamer II+ today and I have to say it's quite the improvement over my Audinst MX1, which is obvious (although the MX1 is a great and affordable product in its own right). Better soundstaging and detail retrieval are the most obvious improvements. I don't really believe in burning in circuits, but I'll post again after I've let the Streamer II+ run in for a while. So far, though, I'm definitely satisfied - no, impressed.