Summary: I've had this forever, but never thought about writing a review for it.
I came to the Mdac via the Young and the Weiss 202, both which i still had when the Mdac first landed. it saw the Young off with its pre-amp functionality, remote control, headphone out and better treble.
Pros: Compact, high VFM, good functionality, designer has provided many feature updates in firmware
Cons: lack of 192 on USB, and nobalanced headphone out from the front panel.
Summary: Fantastic half width DAC that features 5 inputs, a remote, an OLED display, a pre-amp and a headphone amp.
Based around the transparent ESS Sabre 9018 chip, this box of tricks can transform your listening experience.
Pros: Sound Quality, Ease of Use, Fantastic Support including firmware requests, Features
Cons: Requires galvanic isolation on USB input through additional device
Summary: I love this DAC - it really sounds fantastic and is packed with features, inputs, outputs and great looks. Designed by arguably the best engineer working in this field - John Westlake (Google him if you're not familiar with his work) - I knew it was going to be good even before hearing it.
Pros: Feature packed, great sound, balanced outs, preamp mode
Cons: Parent company (IAG, China) not providing support, weak power connector
Summary: I don't expect you to buy such an expensive piece of equipment based on my review alone. You'll probably read a lot of those online, and let me say it really is as good as they say. I did own a high-quality, external sound card before and I thought it was great...
Very transparent detailed sound, very flexible, can be use as a digital pre-amp
Jij "jij", Amazon
13 January 2015
Summary: As other reviewers have noted it take a few weeks to run in. Initially I preferred some of the smoother algorithms (e.g Slow Rolloff), but after a while settled on the Optimal Transient setting, which is stunning, I've never heard so much emotion in recorded music, especially the vocals where you...
Summary: First of all, I have to say this is a pretty good product, though I'd say if you want great sound from your laptop, it's a bit overkill - go for an Audioquest Dragonfly instead, much easier, just a USB stick-sized DAC, and you're set.
Summary: This dac will dramatically improve the sound quality of your system whether you use a cd player and a digital out or connect your computer through a USB cable. My portable system consists of a laptop, a 1 TB external hard drive on which is stored a large collection of classical music in flac (I have...
Summary: It's really a fine piece of equipment. I would say it would be very hard if possible at all to find better sound for this price. The rate is not only for the sound quality, but also for the support we can get from John Weslake himself (the product designer).
Summary: Bought this as a step up from a Beresford 7520 (which was already very good). Used mainly in combination with Sennheiser HD650s and is excellent. Sound is well rounded but with bags of detail. Highly recommended.