I think 3 stars is way too low for the m1 dac. You can tell musical fidelity didnt give what hi fi a cheque. From 5 to 3 stars. comon. have Arcam irdac and mf m1 dac. not much in it. Not biased as like both. Sort it out What HIFI. Def a Money Thing here. Great Product for a time and now rubbish. EDITED. so last year it was good, now naff. Think u need to amend dacmagic stars aswell. All about the money so obvious. Used to like What HIFI.
I experinced the same issue as hangontoyourself.
Connection is lost randomly. Sometimes in every five minutes sometimes two hour operation without any problem. Terrible.
And this is my second MF M1 DAC.
So it seems this is not an individual case.
I bought my M1 DAC around 6 months ago, transferred all my music on to my PC and WOW! the sound is amazing!
However I would loose connection between the PC and the DAC resulting in annoying loud static
I tried for months of trying different USB cables, various playback software and changing windows settings to resolve any driver conflicts,
Then I read about USB/SPDIF convertors, I initially thought this was "snake oil" however I purchased a cheap one off ebay (teralink with power supply) and BINGO! no more dropouts!
Not only that the sound was much improved, the USB port is not really designed for sound it's purpose is to spew out data of one form or another
So in short the converter reclocks the incoming data from the USB and makes it all nice! (excuse the technical jargon)
So after reading reviews on different convertors and their merits I decided to buy a John Kenny MK3 JKSPDIF which runs off batteries (all contained in one box) and it's fantastic!!!
The bass is sharp and punchy the treble is heavenly and the vocals are unreal! (do I mean real?)
Anyway apologies for the overlong message, I thought that I would share this knowledge and save some people a headache!
I prefer the Beresford Bushmaster TC-7530DC DAC at this price point.(So do many others, judging by many other comments elsewhere on the web.)Oh hang on, it's not at this price point, it's over 200 quid cheaper than the MF or Rega.
I wonder whether WHF ever bothers to review and do head to heads with these smaller distribution products ?
I own the Bushmaster and find many aspects of it's delivery astonishingly good.
For a Magazine that makes such a point of the cost/quality curve when arriving at their 5 star ratings, they do themselves a disservice by not including such products in their awards round up.
I prefer the Rega at this price point.
I have one in my system, top dac, well worth £400.
A DAC with HDMI that decodes DSD?
So when I can get a DAC for well under the price of a receiver that will process as many inputs and formats, including DSD, then I will be interested. Until then, I see DACs as a neat little cash cow for AV companies. The profit margins must be astronomical.
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