Looks like the boxes have been made and what not... No official word from the moderator who posted them on the release date though. Looks like a slightly out of focus pic of the box actually...
http://bbs.musiland.cn/viewthread.php?tid=10626&extra=page%3D1&page=1 (it also looks like the thread is now a QA to some extent ).
Aren't you excited?
some fun facts about md11 that might also be applicable to md30
I am and I would like to assure Musiland that so is everyone else!
Will we be able to enjoy the successor of the epic MD11 with:
a) buggy drivers and firmware without change logs or proper testing/QM or release management or installation instructions or manuals to reflect the changes in operation,
b) high noise floor due to PSU issues,
c) intermittently working power button and the
d) fiddly navigation with 1 overloaded jog dial doing everything. The jog dial that has to be authoritatively gripped holding your hand directly opposite it to turn (otherwise it slips) (and is overloaded with to nearly 0 usability with all actions being via it)
e) instability at high ambient temperatures (freezes).
f) overstated specs? quoting not measured specs, but DAC chip specs - see b), extrapolate the effects to SNR . (also, half of Soomal's RMAA pics are for some reason gone now and only the 44.1k measurements are left up)
g) nearly 100mv DC offset out on line. Goes really well with your directly coupled amps (it really doesn't)!
h) a nice looking box with 0 corner strength and undecipherable marketing gibberish on it.
i) sound quality severely degrades for higher impedance headphones (e.g. GMP450 PRO), sound sig becomes mids centric and hollow. Distortion/noise floor also raise significantly to make things even worse
j) Polished metal conductive and GROUNDED front plate. Touch the USB cable while touching the plate to be pleasantly surprised.
k) HP out has 150mv of DC on it... fail.
All this, for only $600 RRP + local dealer markup and shipping! (plus the approximate $100 on you sending a couple of units back to hopefully get a working one, because of epic QA, although I guess you could have a good seller who's honest and all...)
What's there not to be excited about?
Now these would be funny, if they weren't legitimate issues for MD11 users (see the MD11 thread here and the issues in the musiland BBS), and I really hope they spent months in delaying MD30 fixing those. K?
You can read the original specs from the old post http://www.musiland.com.cn/index.php/Index/show/id/97 .
According to the poster/moderator at their BBS, It also looks like the HP section will not be super-adjustable like their HP11...mmm...
At this point, I should really stop flaming them, before head-fi gets retali-hacked for it.
Edited by svyr - 4/23/11 at 7:03am