Well I have just returned an oppo bdp 105 because I had hum issues whenever I hooked up a rca interconnect to any of its audio outputs be they audio or video.I was checking out the mytek when i came across the teac ud 501 dsd dac.I read a couple of reviews of it including the one in head fi and decided to take a chance on it.Teac has a sale on with free shipping thru 05/19/2013 at their online store site.So I just ordered one today.They have a 30 day free trial period so the risk is minimal having to pay for the return shipping.The unit certainly looks impressive in its build quality and appearance.I ordered one in silver which is my preferred choice if given the option.I wish my preamp had balanced inputs but unfortunately it does not.But based on the muse op amps and power supply the unit looks to be a worthwhile upgrade from the internal dacs contained in both my cd players.The option of beeing able to choose between upsampling and no upsampling is a nice feature.Though comments in one of the reviews suggested that upsampling is the preferred choice for standard red book cds.
I plan to run it in as much as I possibly can before the 30 day trial period has expired in case I have to return it.I will be making observations about the break in process and try to form an opinion of it before the trial period is over if I feel the need to return the unit.
I probably will at least try a upgraded power cord at least in my trial period.I am looking forward to hearing it and am hoping it is a keeper.A friend of mine has a mytek which I have yet to hear other than only briefly at the axpona show in march.It did sound promising but at almost $1600 it is a bit steep though it does offer preamp capability if you choose that option when you order it.
I will try the headphone section but really I really am not looking to use that feature because I have a couple of dedicated headphone amps that I am sure are much better suited for that task.I am more interested in the dac peformance than anything else that it features.
Edited by buson160man - 5/18/13 at 4:16pm