Originally Posted by zackzack
Looks bare bones compared to Burson Audio Conductor
which emphasizes a pair of oversized power supplies
in the design.
Naim with its substantial torroidal transformer.
Yeah it does - but its the sound of the music comin' out the box that matters right?
I have a Conductor, and I love it - but I'd take the D100 as a DAC/pre over the Conductor anyday.
However I do think the headphone amp/output of the D100 doesn't have the overall dynamic punch of
the Conductor - but I prefer to use another DAC ahead of the Conductor - I find it shines as a headphone amp only,
and does REALLY WELL as that!
It's about compromise - The McIntosh D100, IMO, is a reference-level DAC/pre. I enjoy the headphone output with some
cans - but its primary function in my system is as a DAC now - and its fluid, musical, engaging, everything I need in a DAC!
and I bought our review unit I loved it so much - and BTW - I was NEVER a McIntosh fan - my cousins and grandfather used to rock all Mac gear - the only piece I've ever loved besides the D100 is my grandfathers MAC1700 that I inherited (from around 1971) - and the headphone amp section is killer on that thing is killer!!
I'd take advantage of that sale ASAP
and SORRY I been out of it fellas!!!!
I been battling pneumonia for the past five weeks!!
but, back to bizness - the D100 has elevated the overall musicality of my system 5 fold:
AND, I'm pumped to review the MHA-100!!
that was my fav listening sesh at CES this year by FAR
my Audeze LCD-XC's and the MHA-100 were a wicked pairing!