Hi all, another newbie just started out on digital audio. I have had my M51 for about 3 months and I am quite pleased with it. I have a Synology NAS connected to the M51 with a Cardas usb cable and play music via the NAS audio software which is very convenient. But I have gone through a few sites including here and get the general opinion that the usb input of the M51 is only average compared to the spdif input and that the use of a good usb to spdif converter would help to further improve the sound quality of the M51. The OR5 and other high end converters are out of my reach so I ended up trying JK's Ciunas converter. I have it running it for about 2 weeks now and to be honest I can't hear too much difference. Is the M51's usb input chipset of the same level as JK's Ciunas which is why I am not hearing much difference? My M51 firmware version is 1.42 if that helps. It does not seem to be mentioned here.
For those who are still using the M51 with a usb-spdif converter any advice on what I can try or is my hearing going south? I am using an old Audioquest VDM-1 cable from converter to the M51. Would a better grade digital cable help to improve the sound or should I use a laptop with a different player for my files? Thanks.
Everything matters. Media player, USB to SPDIF converter AND cables. I use Audiophilleo2 with PurePower and Transparent Premium USB. Both items made a huge impact in sound. BTW I run JRiver in Wasapi mode.