Originally Posted by derbigpr
I have the MF M1DAC already, but it's to damn big and heavy...it's a mess transporting it around the house, let alone taking it somewhere with me, so I was thinking of something smaller. Meridian Explorer came to my mind, as well as Arcam rDAC and Micromega Mydac (which apparently sounds way better than M1DAC, says everyone who works in the store in my country where both are sold, and it costs half as much). All of them are small deskop DAC's that I could take around, but none have headphone outputs, which could be practical....meh, I don't know...I'm kinda losing my excitement for hi-fi in general. I have a Beyerdynamic T1 as my main headphone, MF M1HPAp amp and M1DAC, and I don't like the way it sounds. I mean, it sounds good, but is it worth 2000 euros in total? Hell no, because I still spend most of my time listening to Sennheiser HD202, and I'm so happy with it I feel lazy standing up from the chair to take the T1's out of their box...I don't wanna fold that cable all the time... :P
Nice setup but I see one problem here (I had it too :-))
MF M1HPA is not very good match for T1 (well, in my opinion, a bad match, actually).
How do I know? I have T90 and M1HPA, and that's how I started listening to T90. While this combo has a clean, airy and transparent sound, it really suffers in low end, sometimes making resulting sound a bit flat and lifeless. Long story short, I don't like it.
So I bought Beyer A1 to drive T90, and given proper interconnects (I use Kimber Hero at this time), it sounds really, really great to me - love it! So If you did not mind trying A1 to improve your great desktop setup, I would highly recommend it. Just make sure to run A1 for a few hundred hours playing your T1 before listening yourself, otherwise you might get a wrong impression (I did, when I first connected it).
Going back to DF and other portables, besides DF, I would then recommend Meridian Explorer (I have it), especially considering your desktop setup. I did use Explorer for quite some time out of line out with Kimber Silver Streak and A1/T90, and it worked great. But then I came back to Arcam rDAC as I like it more in a desktop system.
Also, I would highly recommend changing your amp before considering to replace M1DAC. I am honestly under impression that M1DAC is better than Arcam rDAC that I love immensely (haven't heard M1DAC though but I was considering buying it; I use MF VLINK192 and it would pair nicely).