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M2Tech HiFace DAC 32/384 impressions?

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by taz23, Jun 9, 2013.
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  1. taz23
    I am interested in the M2Tech HiFace DAC that is capable of 32 bit 384kHz from USB.  But it seems that there isn't much review on this device...
    Anyone has this DAC, and any comments/comparisons of it with other small-sized DACs like Dragonfly, ODAC, HRT etc?
  2. Baxide
    Capability and technical specs are no substitute for sound quality. 32 bit is DSD. You won't get 32 bit performance out of a 24 bit PCM file.
  3. taz23
    Thanks, Baxide. I am aware that implementation is very important. But I have the impression that M2Tech has produced some impressive products, such as their S/PDIF converter. Which is why I am interested to read about people's comments on this DAC.
  4. taz23
    Anyone with the HiFace DAC?
  5. Baxide
    I have had accidents with items sticking out that far from a USB port.
  6. Anda
    You could get an angled USB adapter:

  7. taz23
    I am interested in the performance of the DAC. Anyone cares to share their impressions? Thanks.
  8. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Trying my first portable set up. Its not completed yet, waiting for my amp (Headstage 4T) for my Audeo PFE 232
    Had this little beast for 2 months now and just sharing its possible.
    24 Bit 352.8khz DXD playback on smartphone
    I could not give you any feedbacks because I don't have the background/experience to do so. But what can I say is that online reviews are right on the money about this little beast. Too bad i need USB Recorder Pro on my phone (Xperia Z) to run. But no complaints here, portability, resolution, quality, price(220eur) its near perfect! 
  9. cedou97yon
    Can tell us more about your battery life with M2tech hiface and Z please ? 
  10. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Having a break right now, I didn't brought it with me. Will try to have some battery tests on Tuesday when i'll get back.
  11. HPManiac
    I just got mine today. Tried it out with Audivarna on my MBA - trouble-free install and operation (as expected) but it can't drive my HD650 or K702 without turning up the volume to 85%+, OK with the UE900 and 530. Doesn't work with my S3/Poweramp/OTG yet. Will try again. Can't drive difficult loads (no real surprise there, but the Microstreamer can drive the HD650).
  12. m-i-c-k-e-y
    @ HPManiac: Need USB Recorder Pro to run... on an Android Smartphone (well as i tried in Note II, S4, Galaxy Advance, Xperia Z)
    @cedou: Sorry for the delay. I updated to Jellybean 4.2.2.  It seems the initial update has errors (which gave me problems with the DAC). Sony is rolling right now for a fix (I hope).
    Here are some reviews found on the net:
    Tnt-Audio (brief comparison with ifi iDAC)
    Wicked Digital
  13. HPiper
    Thanks for posting those review links. I was looking at this before and after reading those I am very interested. Only problem is it is USB only, but other than that it sounds like a great dac. I kinda need a coax input, but I could live without one, for a while at least.
  14. m-i-c-k-e-y
    USB only bro, but right now everything has usb.
    And 3.5mm preamp out only.
    But, works on everything (32/384), plugs to anything (PC, Mac, Linux, Android), small as a thumbdrive, and not expensive (220eur). 
    That alone gives you reason on not to try.
  15. HPManiac
    I have been listening to this DAC the whole week using a variety of 96/24 > 384/24 files in my MacBook Air amplified through my new Pico Power (Get one!) into my LCD2r2s. In a word: Fantastic! I really don't know how M2Tech has done this, or why other manufacturers haven't. I have never experience such sound quality from a device this small (please don't start talking about Shun Mpingo disks etc.). Very highly recommended. For USD295/SGD380, with an appropriate amp to match your favourite HPs, a steal. 'Nuff said.
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