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post #901 of 1221

the m51 sounds far more analog then the transporter.

 

no question!
 

post #902 of 1221
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Originally Posted by jayz View Post

Thanks to all those who replied

 

Can I also ask, has there been a direct comparison of the M51 with the Logitech Transporter's DAC?

 

I am looking at the M51 as an upgrade to the Transporter which I currently use as the source to drive power amps directly via a passive TVC pre. This setup does sound very good but I am wondering whether the M51 would be less "digital" sounding and more full bodied when running directly to power amp.

 

Any comments from resident experts ?

 

I had a Transporter for some time. They did not overlap but from memory, the M51 is decisively better. Especially when used as a preamp as well.

post #903 of 1221

Now it is possible to download newest firmware directly from NAD:

 

http://nadelectronics.com/products/dac/M51-Direct-Digital-DAC

direct link: http://nadelectronics.com/download.php?130705150850-USBM51V141.zip|M51%20software%20upgrade%20V141

 

Version 1.41 is still newest one, so no fixes/new features in long time, strange...

post #904 of 1221

Great feedback, thanks again!

post #905 of 1221

Hi!

 

Does anyone know, where to find version 1.39 firmware file? I just updated from 1.39 to 1.41. Version 1.41 sounds somehow brighter, maybe too bright. I may go back to 1.39.

 

Is it possible to update "backwards" from 1.41 to 1.39?


Edited by Lonely_Rider - 7/12/13 at 2:50pm
post #906 of 1221

Let the firmware burn in a little.

post #907 of 1221

So "get used to it".

wink_face.gif

post #908 of 1221
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Originally Posted by Lonely_Rider View Post

Hi!

 

Does anyone know, where to find version 1.39 firmware file? I just updated from 1.39 to 1.41. Version 1.41 sounds somehow brighter, maybe too bright. I may go back to 1.39.

 

Is it possible to update "backwards" from 1.41 to 1.39?


Yes, you can downgrade

post #909 of 1221

I have been using 1.39 for 2 years. Any reason to upgrade or to not upgrade??

post #910 of 1221

If you think, that sound is too soft, you should upgrade. Otherwise the answer is "no", IMHO.

post #911 of 1221
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Yes, you can downgrade

 

Thank you for the info. Now I only need to find version 1.39 file somewhere.


Edited by Lonely_Rider - 7/14/13 at 2:01pm
post #912 of 1221
post #913 of 1221
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Originally Posted by serg604 View Post

Now it is possible to download newest firmware directly from NAD:

 

http://nadelectronics.com/products/dac/M51-Direct-Digital-DAC

direct link: http://nadelectronics.com/download.php?130705150850-USBM51V141.zip|M51%20software%20upgrade%20V141

 

Version 1.41 is still newest one, so no fixes/new features in long time, strange...

 

 

Is their support for this device waning? I would have expected more fw updates/advances than have been released so far. Although I remain completely satisfied with the sound.

post #914 of 1221
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Originally Posted by roger7 View Post

I've uploaded it here: http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/20355691/file.html
 

 

Thanks again!

post #915 of 1221
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Originally Posted by jayz View Post

It has been nearly 4 years since the M51 came out and even longer since the D/A tech became available in the M2, does anyone have any thoughts on when NAD might do the next revisions of these components. 

It would be a real shame if I were to get a new M51 today and hear about a new model soon afterwards. I realise it hurts dealerships with existing stock when this sort of news comes out but from the customer's perspective, it is wiser to go for say the Benchmark DAC-2 which is more recent and compares well with the M51.

 

On the same topic, please let me know if anyone has any leads on an ex-dem or used NAD M51 at a good price

I thought M51 was introduced in autum 2011 and shipping began in January, doesn't quite make 4 years yet.


Edited by Ludique - 7/15/13 at 3:16am
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