SMSL M400 is coming around at a concessional rate! ---MQA DAC AK4499 Full Balanced aptX-HD Bluetooth5.0
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Recently, S.M.S.L released two latest products, budget M200 and more senior M400! They unveiled M400 steps after the nearest M200, and it has been launched! In addition, what should be worth noticing is it comes with a workable discount during May6-15! Act it now! :slight_smile:

Meanwhile, M400 uses AK4499 DAC chip and is capable of decoding up to DSD512 and PCM 32BIT/768kHz. It also supports MQA, which is a great choice for some MQA lovers!

Some unnecessary parameters as below:
SNR: 131dB
PCM: 768kHz /32bit
THD+N(A-WTD): 0.000058%(-24dB)
Dynamic range: 131dB

PREORDER: https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/smsl-m400-mqa-dac-ak4499-dsd-decoder
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May 6, 2020 at 12:20 PM Post #5 of 70

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Probably wouldn't personally be able to tell a sonic difference from this to my d90. And I bet it will cost less.
 
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Nvm my previous post. It costs more than my d 90 and smsl to me is a cheaper feel and build than topping. But I'll follow this for sure!
 
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More expensive than the Topping D90 by a good margin.
By a good margin? there almost the same retail price, the M400 is $10 dollars more retail. Right now the M400 is less because it currently has a 5% discount for the early adopters. You need to compare apples and apples. Meaning these are both MQA versions.
 
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By a good margin? there almost the same retail price, the M400 is $10 dollars more retail. Right now the M400 is less because it currently has a 5% discount for the early adopters. You need to compare apples and apples. Meaning these are both MQA versions.
Fair enough. But you're still getting less quality components, and less features. Would seem the topping, at this time is the better buy.
 
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is the diff between this and the D90 literally inaudible if any at all excluding features and aesthetics?

what a hard pressed position to be in for people who shortlisted the 2
 
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An example of my issue with smsl build is The volume pot and the lack of proper quad channel circuit on the sp200. M500 doesn't actually play its maximum rated formats, the outputs are improperly shorted when others are disabled. What I mean is the outputs are leaking voltage even when disabled. what they advertise is a fully functional, flawless product. When in reality it's not. They use the cheapest parts and methods of implemtation possible to achieve a product that measures decently.
 
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Fair enough. But you're still getting less quality components, and less features. Would seem the topping, at this time is the better buy.
Can you please provide me which components are of lesser quality? I don't have a dog in this fight, but when I look at both of these models spec wise, I don't see an advantage that the Topping has over the S.M.S.L. thank you in advance.
 
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is the diff between this and the D90 literally inaudible if any at all excluding features and aesthetics?

what a hard pressed position to be in for people who shortlisted the 2
It is probably inaudible if your talking about the distortion measurements.
 
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Can you please provide me which components are of lesser quality? I don't have a dog in this fight, but when I look at both of these models spec wise, I don't see an advantage that the Topping has over the S.M.S.L. thank you in advance.
See my post directly above yours.

Their are short coming with smsl that they neglect to mention.
Like on the 200, if you have have the volume at a value less than 9 o'clock. Their is a very noticeable channel imbalance.

This is not an issue with just 1 or 2 units. It's inherent in the pot itself.
 

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