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  1. #2581
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    ... and a more extended view - with, far left, my new DAC peeping into the pic.



    A SMSL M8 DAC with a Chinese linear PSU (with the large red LED voltage display).
    The DAC is only just larger than a pack of playing cards but it has a serious tech-spec and it sounds seriously good. The PSU was a very effective upgrade (only about 50 direct from PRC).
    The Review of the M8 DAC that tempted me into trying it when one came along used on eBay.
    It's a shame that the DAC is silver and the PSU is black but hey-ho.
    I connect the DAC to my music streaming laptop via a Halide Bridge USB to digital co-ax converter.

    Bottom left is my ancient Arcam DV29 DVDP, for DVDs and also used as a rather good CD transport.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

  2. #2582
    Join Date: May 2011

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    How does it compare to the XS DAC Jerry ?
    Regards
    Brian

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    DAC 3 French DAC
    Amplifier : Rega Brio R
    Speakers : Tannoy 637
    Interconnects : MS Audio / Klotz MC5000 .
    Speaker cables : Chord Epic Twin

  3. #2583
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    ... and a more extended view - with, far left, my new DAC peeping into the pic.



    A SMSL M8 DAC with a Chinese linear PSU (with the large red LED voltage display).
    The DAC is only just larger than a pack of playing cards but it has a serious tech-spec and it sounds seriously good. The PSU was a very effective upgrade (only about 50 direct from PRC).
    The Review of the M8 DAC that tempted me into trying it when one came along used on eBay.
    It's a shame that the DAC is silver and the PSU is black but hey-ho.
    I connect the DAC to my music streaming laptop via a Halide Bridge USB to digital co-ax converter.

    Bottom left is my ancient Arcam DV29 DVDP, for DVDs and also used as a rather good CD transport.
    ive got the m6 jerry. its rather good dac/headphone amp, but can be used as a dac too as it has rca's out. improved a bit on battery too.
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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  4. #2584
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    No DAC fight here I've been around this game long enough to know what I like and the XS suits me just fine . Maybe my old ears are playing tricks on me , who cares , I like what I'm hearing from both outputs .

    I use this DAC with a big old Sony integrated so no preamp section or volume control needed .

    I have tried several good mains cables with this DAC and they all provided me with an improvement . Is everyone here using the supplied mains cable . Mines went in the bin
    Hi Brian,

    I've put a "fancy" mains cable on the XS DAC and I too found a significant improvement to its performance. So much so that I bought the XS DAC. It's actually a very good unit now.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken & Tesla Valves)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    New preamp - Herron VTSP-2.
    Better then the puresound Jerry?

  6. #2586
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    I much prefer it.
    The Herron is a medium to long term keeper for me, the Puresound never really held my interest. It's obviously a very good pre, it just didn't sit right in my system.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

  7. #2587
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    Double post
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

  8. #2588
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    "New" today.
    A nice bit of vintage.



    I have blocked ears at the moment due to an ear infection, but initial impressions are hopeful and positive!
    Can't wait for my ears to clear up.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

  9. #2589
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    Blimey, that's a blast from the past Jerry. I've had a few pairs, bought the first brand new around 1973. They sound quite nice, a little less immediate than electrostatics and they are not the most sensitive phones around. They must be rare now.

    The sound from my vintage Yamaha HP-1 Orthodynamic headphones is pretty similar.

  10. #2590
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    remember yamaha making those but not wharfedale
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D DARBEE - JBE SERIES 3/B&O SP1/EMOTIVA XPS1/12V BATTERY - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP\WE TUBED - TWIN AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTHS - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER24, SPOTIFY - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - RPI/AUDIOPHONICS/VOLUMIO/5V BATTERY - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN/Q ACOUSTIC BT3/CANTON SUB - P.INSPIRED MAINS REGENERATED.

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