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post #1 of 89
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Hi everybody,

 

2013 is bringing a ton of USB DACs and we are spoilt for choice. Has anybody tried out the new music streamer HD which is HRT's new flagship USB DAC. It supports upto 24/192 with a fully balanced topology. It would be great if people can also contribute their experiences with the Meridian explorer and the audinst HUD mx2. Looking forward to listening to your experiences

post #2 of 89
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Well maybe the spec sheet will pique some interest.....

 

Full Scale Output 2.25 V RMS (RCA), 4.5V (XLR)Output

Impedance 50 Ohm (RCA), 50+50 Ohm (XLR)

Frequency Response (20 Hz / 20 kHz)-0 dB / -.2 dB

Noise Floor (DC to 30 kHz)5 uV RMS (RCA), 9 uV (XLR)

S/N Ratio (DC to 30 kHz)113 dB (RCA), 114 dB (XLR)

S/N Ratio (A-weighted)119 dB (RCA), 122 dB (XLR)

THD+N (1 kHz Full Scale).002%

THD+N (1kHz -20 dB).0002%

Jitter contribution (DC to 30 kHz)>144 dB below full scale

Isolation> 500M ohm

Sample Rateup to 192 kHz

Bit Depthup to 24 bit

USB transfer protocol asynchronous

Power Requirements (USB Buss)480 mADimensions3.8" x 6.0" x 3.0"

post #3 of 89

I have them with my Dynaudio BM12A, they are quite high resolution, very clear and linear. I haven't compared them directly to my MS Pro, but feel that the sound again is clear and more resolved, less meaty sound. I don't have experience with any other high-end DAC though.

post #4 of 89

less meaty sound meaning????

 

lack of bass or no texture bass?

post #5 of 89
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Originally Posted by kanonathena View Post

I have them with my Dynaudio BM12A, they are quite high resolution, very clear and linear. I haven't compared them directly to my MS Pro, but feel that the sound again is clear and more resolved, less meaty sound. I don't have experience with any other high-end DAC though.

Interesting.....It is supposedly an improvement of the Music Streamer Pro which has good reviews.....At this price it would be good if they implemented other inputs too

post #6 of 89

Upon a short comparison, I found MS HD to be more resolved, clearer, better micro details, blacker background, slightly less thick in mids and lowers (maybe due to better clarity), smoother less grainy sounding, more natural overall.

 

The improvement in resolution is very noticeable to me.


Edited by kanonathena - 3/11/13 at 6:29pm
post #7 of 89
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Originally Posted by kanonathena View Post

Upon a short comparison, I found MS Pro to be more resolved, clearer, better micro details, blacker background, slightly less thick in mids and lowers (maybe due to better clarity), smoother less grainy sounding, more natural overall.

 

The improvement in resolution is very noticeable to me.

Do you mean the older pro version or the new DAC HD?

post #8 of 89

Sorry, I meant MS HD is better than MS Pro. Just edited my post.

post #9 of 89

the front of ms hd has 1.0 and 2.0. is this indicator light or a switch?

 

wonder if u are using windows pc and if set at usb2 it can automatically select the appropriate driver to decode all resolutions no need to push any button?


Edited by cpu8088 - 3/11/13 at 8:15pm
post #10 of 89
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the front of ms hd has 1.0 and 2.0. is this indicator light or a switch?

 

wonder if u are using windows pc and if set at usb2 it can automatically select the appropriate driver to decode all resolutions no need to push any button?

I believe they have put that option for people using older computers so that there are no compatibility issues. It will definitely be plug and play except perhaps for 24/192 which should require a driver for windows. check this out too

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgpwVDQzfH0

post #11 of 89

my questions not answered !!!

 

the front of ms hd has 1.0 and 2.0. is this indicator light or a switch?

 

wonder if u are using windows pc and if set at usb2 it can automatically select the

appropriate driver to decode all resolutions no need to push any button?

 

not even the video you linked here gave me the answers

post #12 of 89
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Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

my questions not answered !!!

 

the front of ms hd has 1.0 and 2.0. is this indicator light or a switch?

 

wonder if u are using windows pc and if set at usb2 it can automatically select the

appropriate driver to decode all resolutions no need to push any button?

 

not even the video you linked here gave me the answers

 

It is a switch (according to the Description on HRT's site). The switch might be a way to plug and play <= 96kHz files on Windows without installing anything (Mac/Linux wouldn't need anything for up to 192kHz as far as I know). Not sure about the "automatic selection" of drivers as you posted...not much in the way of manuals/other documentation yet on HRT's site.

post #13 of 89
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Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

my questions not answered !!!

 

the front of ms hd has 1.0 and 2.0. is this indicator light or a switch?

 

wonder if u are using windows pc and if set at usb2 it can automatically select the

appropriate driver to decode all resolutions no need to push any button?

 

not even the video you linked here gave me the answers

It is a switch as you can clearly see in the video.

post #14 of 89

thanks

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