Originally Posted by Viennaconnect
Just found out there is a XLR (4pin) Adapter to double TRS available as needed for Matrix Quattro AMP when using balanced headphones like HE-5 LE at Tam Audio.
I am very curious if somebody may compare the Yulong D100 directly to this Matrix Quattro DAC. Statements that you find throughout the web are like "Matrix is better", "wants to be better", "seems to be ambitious with this approach" and so on...So how much better does it really sound? Is it worth the higher price?
That's good news about the HE-5 style cables. I knew those would come at some point since it is a logical thing to do.
I'm still hesitant to write too much about the Quattro sound, since I have the units out on loan to some other HeadFiers right now. I don't want to influence them too much... In a nutshell, I think the Quattro DAC is slightly more balanced than the Yulong unit, with an overall "higher resolution" sound to it across the board. I don't have a lot of problems with the sound of the Yulong, but I can see how some people might find it a little bright when paired with certain equipment. I did hear it sound bright with an old Creek OBH-21 amp that I used to have. The Quattro doesn't have that issue.
Still, the differences are not huge. If you were using something like an HD600, you might not even notice any difference at all. Switch to an HD800 and it presents itself more clearly.
Is it worth the extra money? Depends. Do you have a high end headphone? If so it is probably worth it, assuming you can afford the difference. The other thing to consider is the fact that the Matrix gives several key features that Yulong doesn't: a quality pre-amp, a remote control, and analog inputs. If you might use one or more of these, then it makes sense to get the more expensive unit.