I am looking at purchasing either a Musiland Monitor 01 US or a Musiland Monitor 02 USD. I am hoping to get some feedback from someone who has owned both. I believe the only difference is that the 02 is no longer powered by USB but has a dedicated external powersupply. I was wondering how much of a difference that made? Are there any other major differences I should know of? I am able to get the Monitor 01 US for ~50 v. the going rate for the Monitor 02.
To let you know what other options I have looked at, I have researched the HRT Media Streamer, Yulong U100, and the Audinst DAC.
I need to have a headphone jack and volume control as well as Asynchronus USB to RCA output. I don’t use headphones right now but want that option.
I like the Musiland since you have volume control from your computers keyboard since my computer and AVR are ~6 feet away from the keyboard and monitor and it would be a PITA to constantly have to manually adjust the DAC.
This will be going between my computer and the Harman Kardon 3490 reciever I currently have. Eventually I would like to do away w/ the 3490 and go with a dedicated 2 channel amp (want to be able to drive low impedance speakers like Magneplanar) hence needing volume control of some sort.