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What's better - Audiolab M-DAC and M-PWR or Rega DAC and Brio-R

I play all my music from a computer and currently have it going into a £15 subwoofer and an old pair of Sony speakers.
I'm looking to make a serious upgrade and it seems like DAC/amp/speakers is the way to go.

Looking at the options for DACs, it seems like Audiolab M-DAC gets most of the praise without going into the £1000+ level.
Looking at amps the Rega Brio-R appears to be highly rated.

Is this silly to consider a M-Dac / Brio-R set up? Would I be better considering an all Audiolab set-up or an all Rega set-up.

I like the appearance of the M-Dac and do require a headphone output, which counts against Rega.

Are there other good amp options in half size below £1000? The Cyrus and Naim interfaces look quite ugly, but I guess it's the sound that counts.

Thanks for your help. This is my first post but it seems like a very friendly forum.

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RE: Whats better

audionovice2013 wrote:
This is my first post but it seems like a very friendly forum.

It is until you mention... cables, or...................Voldemort; I mean AVI.

Anyway, as you have only one source, the MDAC provides more features (that you're paying for) than you need. There are several nice USB dac/headphone amps around that also have line out, into which you could plug some active monitors. Fostex HP-A3 for example.

 

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RE: What's better - Audiolab M-DAC and M-PWR or Rega...

Best advice that can be given is to demo them both. The sets you describe are totally different in many ways. 

Wrt the Rega stuff I can only say that I"m more than happy, and I've heard the Audiolab set you describe. In the end, and again, this is *very* subjective, for the music matters the most and I ended up with the Rega set.

Enjoy your search, because the search is/should be part of the fun!

Synology DS214+ >> Rega DAC | Rega RP3 >> Rega Brio-R >> Chord Odyssey 2 >> PMC twenty.23

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RE: What's better - Audiolab M-DAC and M-PWR

There is a new M-DAC coming soon, maybe worth waiting. I did not really rate the Rega Brio R, if you can try the Arcam A19 and Creek 50A, I preferred the Creek. If you only need a usb DAC then try the O-DAC only £99 or the new John Kenny which is about £500.

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RE: What's better - Audiolab M-DAC and M-PWR or Rega...

spockfish wrote:

Best advice that can be given is to demo them both. The sets you describe are totally different in many ways. 

Wrt the Rega stuff I can only say that I"m more than happy, and I've heard the Audiolab set you describe. In the end, and again, this is *very* subjective, for the music matters the most and I ended up with the Rega set.

Enjoy your search, because the search is/should be part of the fun!

+1! 

Go out and demo! 

... By the way, I LOVE to bits my Rega Brio R/DAC combo, i use only the USB input, although it only suports 16/44,1 but the sound quality is superb! 

 

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Rega RP6/Goldring Elite>Clearaudio Basic Plus

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Same as above!  

Same as above!

 

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RE: Same as above!

And test also Meridian Director, came out couple weeks ago. For my ears it is much better than mdac.

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RE: Same as above!

And test also Meridian Director, came out couple weeks ago. For my ears it is much better than mdac.

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