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post #196 of 343
Thanks
post #197 of 343
The "preamp" function is somewhat of a confusing issue, as many folks consider "preamp" to mean that the DAC can be connected directly to an amp and can use its own (remote if possible) volume control. Well, this is true of ALL Mytek Stereo 192 models, not just the one they call "preamp" (to differentiate it from the "mastering" model). The way Mytek defines "preamp" is to add rca analog inputs into the DAC, thereby making it not only a volume attenuator but also both a digital (of course) and analog switcher.

As a remote volume DAC (the remote codes are in the user manual and work perfectly) it is ok, but not great. As Michal and I have discussed ad nauseum, for a budget of $1500 they had to make sacrifices, and one area IMHO, is the variable analog stage. It suffices, but is wayyy better (again IMHO ) in bypass mode, which then requires the user to use a preamp or integrated amp (or active speakers, etc). Also, as a Mytek-defined preamp the analog ins are clean and would suffice for someone who primarily listens to digital but needs a secondary analog source for those few times.

Note: the simple difference between the preamp model I am discussing and the mastering model Bruce is using is the choice between RCA analog ins or a set of pro-level SDIF DSD ins (Bruce can hook his Sonoma directly to it). In both cases, remote analog volume is still a menu selection.

As you can tell, this little wonder box has a lot of features, not to mention user set-able DSD and PCM filters, upsampling, etc.

This is a quick review as I found as well the dac is best used in biomass with any volume control. And it greatly improves how it sounds
post #198 of 343

I'm using the Mytek with a preamp but I'm tired of the very high output level

post #199 of 343
ll I can say is I never liked the sound of the dac and it was recommended to me. A fete. I read about the amp and preamp And tried it with out I was amassed at the change in the sound.

Al d
post #200 of 343

Did anyone get a chance to compare Mytek to Wadia 121? Wadia is supposed to have great dac, headphone amp and pre-amp functionality.

post #201 of 343
 
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Did anyone get a chance to compare Mytek to Wadia 121? Wadia is supposed to have great dac, headphone amp and pre-amp functionality.

 

I had a 121. The first one had issues and was returned. Tried a second one. 
It was just ok, as a headphone amp it had barely enough power to run the HE-500. As a DAC it was decent, running neck & neck with the Calyx 24/192. It was a real pain to pick up the remote every time you wanted to do anything since that was the only way to operate it. 

I think the Mytek is far better in almost every way. 

post #202 of 343
Todd have you tried the mytek with out the preamp ?
post #203 of 343
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Todd have you tried the mytek with out the preamp ?

?????
I don't understand the question

post #204 of 343
What I meant was the mytek has a dac, an preamp and a headphone amp. In the setup menu you can disable the preamp function and just use the dac at line level output. Try it as the sound is much better with out the preamp.
post #205 of 343

Bypass mode. I use the Mytek and a Bryston preamp.

post #206 of 343
Ok and did you hear an improvement when bypassed ??
post #207 of 343
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

What I meant was the mytek has a dac, an preamp and a headphone amp. In the setup menu you can disable the preamp function and just use the dac at line level output. Try it as the sound is much better with out the preamp.

Yes I use it with the fixed output and control the volume on my Woo
post #208 of 343
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Ok and did you hear an improvement when bypassed ??

yessir

post #209 of 343
Good when I bought that DAC I was cursing its dull sound
Then by accident I put it in bypass and wow what difference
post #210 of 343

Soon I will be able to compare the Mytek side by side with the Yulong DA8


Edited by Esprit - 12/16/13 at 10:17am
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