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Audiolab M DAC
9.0 out of 10

Audiolab M DAC

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

sq225917, head-fi.org
7 October 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

v3n, head-fi.org
2 October 2012
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Ruzhyo, head-fi.org
2 October 2012
  • Summary: Works and sounds great.   Too bad display cannot be off.  Bright and distracting.
  • Pros: Great sound
  • Cons: cannot off display
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Overall 10
10

User Review

head8k, head-fi.org
2 October 2012
  • 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
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Overall 10
10

Sublime!

TWA, Amazon
3 weeks ago
  • 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...
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Overall 10
10

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...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great, but has issues

mezastel, Amazon
27 January 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent dac

Dr. Anand Ramachandran, Amazon
31 May 2013
  • 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...
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Overall 10
10

Top notch quality product

Michael Santos, Amazon
10 April 2013
  • 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).
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Overall 10
10

Excellent DAC/Headphone amp

Seal, Amazon
8 March 2013
  • 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.
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