Having had this DAC from when it first came out, i have been interested in the more household name offerings that have supposedly come out and been 5 star wonders, and listened to compare.
First was the Rega DAC which was announced as the world beater, and now the M-DAC is the bees knees.
Frankly, after hearing both and comparing to the M2Tech Young, they aren't in the same league. Yes there is quite a difference in price, but boy does it show. IMO the Rega and M-DAC are nowhere near competitors to the Young.
Maybe if M2Tech were more of a well known household name, this DAC would have been noticed earlier and seen in the same light? After all it's well over 6 months since this DAC hit the market, and only just had a review, unlike the other DACs i mention. And they were readily available in the UK
Something that isn't mentioned here, for those that like to upsample at source (which some feel is better), the 384khz facility is very useful. Using Pure Music to upsample on a Mac as i do, you can feed the 384khz signal straight into the Young which really opens things up IMO
This DAC is phenomenal, and has been in many other reviews if you care to search, seen as a new class leader and breakthrough in quality for it's priceband, actually compared and seen as better to DACs costing £2.5K!!!
If you're looking for a DAC around the grand mark (you can actually get this for £880 if you shop around, i picked it up for £780 new!!) then give this beauty an audition.
You will be impressed and surprised
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