Originally Posted by elnero
I owned one for almost 8 months, I would never characterize it as clinical. Detailed yet smooth would be how I'd describe it.
Right, and if you read carefully, I am saying what would make the combo too clinical for me is the OP's headphones. The DAC I know nothing about and want to know more! Since you have one, could you share more for the rest of us? In particular, I am interested in the usability of the M-DAC. For instance, can you control whether output goes to the headamp or the analog outputs? Or does it just switch automatically when you plug your cans in?
Originally Posted by metsat
I think the D5000 is a great phone, it's too bad it got replaced. But, it's a little to bass heavy and a bit to warm sounding for the kind of music I listen to sometimes. Never tried the Fostex TH900. And I'm not trying to warm up the sound of the Shure 1840, I just want a good piece of equipment to see how these headphones can deliver the music with their "maximum" potential.
Yea that's the problem with other people commenting on the combo as a whole. Like I said, I don't think the M-DAC will have no problem to bring out the best in your headphones. I wish I could give more useful input, but I don't own one. Warming the sound up is just something I would do, a personal preference, nothing to do with the DAC. I apologize if I derailed your thread with my interest in the M-DAC specifically lol.