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M-Stage & MS II+ vs CEntrance Dacmini

post #1 of 13
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After weeks of indecision, I've narrowed it down to these two setups.

 

 

I like the flexibility of the Dacmini, but I also love what I hear about the M-Stage amp.

 

I'm interested in good bass extension and crystal clear highs (I'm more of a musical guy than a neutral person)

 

Would anyone here happen to have some experience with either or both?

 

greatly appreciated.

 

Oh yeah, I plan on running my active monitors (NHT M-00s) and my Denon D2000s and I'm looking to purchase some LCD2 or the high model Sony XBs in the future (can't remember the model number right now).


Edited by roker - 9/17/11 at 1:01pm
post #2 of 13
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really?

 

Not one person can comment on this thread?

 

C'mon I'll be a good sport and do a review once I buy it.

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Dacmini
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by dyl1dyl View Post

Dacmini


can you describe the sound, please?

post #6 of 13

Hi Roker!!!

 

There is a very long discussion on the sound of DACmini here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/523850/centrance-dacmini-dac-amplifier-official-thread

 

Also if you have any specific technical questions, feel free to send me a message!

 

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-Jay

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Hi Roker!!!

 

There is a very long discussion on the sound of DACmini here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/523850/centrance-dacmini-dac-amplifier-official-thread

 

Also if you have any specific technical questions, feel free to send me a message!

 

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-Jay



ok, here's a quick and easy one:

 

When I plug in headphones, will my RCA output cut out?

 

 

and

 

 

a tough one:

 

Why did you guys go with a fixed output?  Would I be better off getting it turned into a variable output or buy a potentimeter for my speakers?

 

post #8 of 13

Spend half the money on a Music Streamer II and Matrix M-Stage. . . because I say so. :P 

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Spend half the money on a Music Streamer II and Matrix M-Stage. . . because I say so. :P 



Considered that actually.

 

Mainly because I'm not a big believer in the "24-bit" revolution but ....

 

this might be a bit shallow

 

but ...

 

I want something that looks nice too.  

post #10 of 13
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I just talked to one of my favorite audio dealers and I could be getting this by tomorrow.

 

I PM'd those questions as I might send it in for the mod in the future.

 

Will anyone with an M-Stage/MSII+ combo try to talk me out of this?

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by roker View Post





ok, here's a quick and easy one:

 

When I plug in headphones, will my RCA output cut out?

 

YES

 

and

 

 

a tough one:

 

Why did you guys go with a fixed output?  Would I be better off getting it turned into a variable output or buy a potentimeter for my speakers?

 

CEntrance does offer a "varaiable output" mod. See here --> http://www.centrance.com/products/dacmini/


 

 

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Well unless someone wants to send me their M-Stage/MSII+ combo, this is looking like a CEntrance Dacmini show.

 

Just made my purchase at an authorized dealer.

 

I've been trying to sell my Keces 151 dac, but no one it budging (plenty of interest though)

 

This is looking like a Keces vs Centrance DacMini right now and let me tell you this, this Keces has been the victor in a lot of shootoffs, so this could get interesting.

post #13 of 13

the dacmini is a great amp! pretty neutral and very good extension both ways:) not sure how it compares to the matrix though..

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