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post #931 of 1191
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Originally Posted by Fred Bob View Post

I meant the Onkyo and the NAD have similar features.  Unfortunately, I never found any information on a comparison between the two.  I would guess they are similar in sound quality with the NAD besting the Onkyo to a small degree.  We'll never know.  The analog inputs on the Onkyo do give it a bit more flexibility.  But, it does not have the HDMI inputs.   

...nor does it have a HT bypass input.
post #932 of 1191

Hi Guys,

 

Really hoping someone can help me out.


I have downloaded two DSD 24/192 albums recently; 1. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me, from HD Tracks; and 2. The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler from Linn Records.

 

My setup is;

 

PC > ASUS Xonar Essence STX (In SPDIF pass through mode [set to 24/192]) > Media Monkey in WASPI Bit perfect mode [set to 24/192]) > Coax cable > NAD M51 > Amp > Speakers

 

My Question is; am I hearing the DSD track? After reading forums and info for hours, I cannot decipher if the NAD M51 is playing the DSD format or the PWM conversion of the file???

 

HELP!

post #933 of 1191

My understanding is that the M51 does not play DSD files natively, so no, the NAD is not playing the DSD file but your software is likely doing the conversion on the fly.

 

I have a few DSD files now and I play them using Pure Music or Audirvana.


Edited by shipsupt - 9/1/13 at 11:02pm
post #934 of 1191
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Originally Posted by Zac.R View Post

Hi Guys,

 

Really hoping someone can help me out.


I have downloaded two DSD 24/192 albums recently; 1. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me, from HD Tracks; and 2. The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler from Linn Records.

 

My setup is;

 

PC > ASUS Xonar Essence STX (In SPDIF pass through mode [set to 24/192]) > Media Monkey in WASPI Bit perfect mode [set to 24/192]) > Coax cable > NAD M51 > Amp > Speakers

 

My Question is; am I hearing the DSD track? After reading forums and info for hours, I cannot decipher if the NAD M51 is playing the DSD format or the PWM conversion of the file???

 

HELP!


No, nad m51 does not play dsd

post #935 of 1191

hi a couple questions. I am currently looking to pair up the NAD M51 DAC with the Job 225 Amp and Shelby & Croll reference 1.0 speakers and 1.0 refernce subwoofer.

 

My question is can I use the NAD 51 DAC to run both the speakers and the sub somehow using Y-adapters?

post #936 of 1191
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Originally Posted by SearchOfSub View Post

hi a couple questions. I am currently looking to pair up the NAD M51 DAC with the Job 225 Amp and Shelby & Croll reference 1.0 speakers and 1.0 refernce subwoofer.

My question is can I use the NAD 51 DAC to run both the speakers and the sub somehow using Y-adapters?

If your amp has balanced inputs, run balanced from your NAD to your amp and single ended to your subs. Works great for me.
post #937 of 1191

Just checked the Amp and it only has unbalanced RCA inputs. Is there any way to get the sub to work with the NAD M51 using its preamp function?


Edited by SearchOfSub - 9/4/13 at 5:52pm
post #938 of 1191
Thread Starter 
OK - so your amp only has a pair of RCA inputs. I can't find a photo of the rear of that sub anywhere - does it not have speaker binding posts to allow you to use the subwoofer as a 'passthru' device via your amp ? Some of the 'pro' subs have XLR-out for connecting active monitors, but the speaker combination you've specified seems to be aimed at the home user - if possible, can you post a photo of the rear of your sub ?

estreeter
post #939 of 1191

Sorry dont have the sub purchased. I am planning to get it though in future. How does the HDMI sound through the NAD?

post #940 of 1191

Hi, I use mine M51 as a pre-amp on the M25 when listening music. And for watching movies I use the M15 om the M25, I have a RCA switch and the sound of the M51 for music is so mutch better than the M15. Just installed the latest firmware,1.41. I'm curious if there will be a noticeable difference.

post #941 of 1191

I am trying to update my firmware, but the m51 seems to hang on 'Bootloader V1.21' and doesn't update. Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions? I can turn it off, remove the usb stick, and go back to using it, but it is with the old firmware.

post #942 of 1191

Are you following the update process properly? (Sorry if that's a stupid question!).

post #943 of 1191
Afaik. Holding down standby button while turning on rear power switch.
post #944 of 1191

Hmm.

 

Full process is here (right click and Save As for the PDF) - you have to factory reset after it's updated as well, I think.

post #945 of 1191
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Originally Posted by Somnambulist View Post

Hmm.

Full process is here (right click and Save As for the PDF) - you have to factory reset after it's updated as well, I think.

I follow that process precisely. But despite holding down the standby button while turning on the power switch, all I get is this. It never gets to the "loading %".

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