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Question about Audiolab M-DAC

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Can anyone tell me please if it is possible to have both balanced and unbalanced outputs on the M-DAC active at the same time (as you can with the DacMagic)? (I've read the M-DAC's manual and I couldn't find the answer there).

 

I have x2 sources - digital out from an ASUS Essence STX for all web related content and a digital out from a Cambridge 650C CD player.  Both go into a DacMagic.  Then the outputs from the DacMagic are - 1. XLR to x2 Genelec 8020As and Subwoofer and 2. Phono to a Graham Slee Novo headphone amp and thence to HD 650s and Grado RS1is.

 

All bits of this set up play nicely with each other and I am only going to change my DacMagic if I can get a little more clarity at the top end with the Genelecs.  But I don't want to find that the M-DAC doesn't have the same connectivity ofas the DacMagic.  I'm not changing the CD player as it's a new purchase - it's the DAC I have in my sights.  I will almost certainly continue to use the Novo as my headphone amp.  Grateful for help on this.

 

Thanks.


Edited by davidc2 - 1/14/12 at 4:45pm
post #2 of 7

Word is yes, but SQ may suffer (particularly on the XLR end).

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Thanks.

post #4 of 7

Yes tried it,it does compromise the sound.

post #5 of 7

Even when one of the outputs is off/dead?

post #6 of 7

new questions:

 

  1. for the Audiolab M-DAC to operate through an American 120v outlet, do you need any modifications to the power strip?  
  2. or will the version thorugh planet of Sound Canada work fine out of the box?

 

thanks.

 

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in subsequent research, i found the answers to be:

 

  1. no
  2. yes

 

(i'm pretty sure)


Edited by aphinity - 12/4/12 at 10:51pm
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another question:

 

what's the most favorable way, for less than $100, to connect an MDAC to a MacBook Pro?

 

optical cable with minitoslink one end and toslink the other? toslink/toslink plus a converter? another way?

 

thanks!


Edited by aphinity - 12/4/12 at 11:01pm
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