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  1. #1
    Join Date: Jan 2014

    Location: Cheshire

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    I'm Geoffrey.

    Default Audiolab M-DAC + and Headphones

    Been looking at getting this - I have heard one but was unable to take my headphones (Sennheiser HD660's) and have heard so so reports as regards it's abilities with headphones.

    Don't really want to get a dedicated headphone amp - so does anyone out there use/own this DAC with headphones?

    Any opinions/views appreciated.


  2. #2
    Join Date: Dec 2014

    Location: UK, East Midlands

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    I'm Mike.


    I own the Q-Dac which is alleged to be the same internally bar the DAC chip type, control knob and lack of remote.

    I was not impressed by the headphone output - a bit harsh as I recall. Ended up getting a V-Can hp amp to use alongside.
    The M-Dac output might be better given the superior chip but somehow I doubt it.

    My main beef with the Q-Dac is the inability to provide an 'unfiltered' output from the DAC - one of the reasons I stopped using it - don't know if this is the case with the M-Dac.
    (I use Sennheiser HD600)

  3. #3
    Join Date: Mar 2016

    Location: Barnet, london UK

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    I'm Adam.


    I had the Q - Dac once, (as described above) something on the main board melted made the sound distort, I had them repair and replace.
    Before it had a melt down, it sounded pretty good, as one would expect from a component at this price point, poor PSU, over filtered presentation etc.
    I believe there were after market mods offered by some to improve the sound quality. I no longer have it.
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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Near Oxford

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    I'm Bill.


    I'd advise going for a Beresford Caiman SEG over the M-DAC. I wasn't taken with the M-DAC when I had a demo and the Caiman is also a lot cheaper.

    Listening to mine with HD600's now and sounding mighty fine!
    Iqaudio Pi-Dac Pro / Sennheiser HD600

  5. #5
    Join Date: Aug 2011

    Location: Southport

    Posts: 7
    I'm Dave.

    Default Audiolab M-DAC+

    Have a look at the user reviews on Amazon, especially the 3 star review. The reviewer was critical of the headphone output. He pointed out that it is not a headphone amp, it is a HIFi DAC
    which is intended to be use with a hifi system.

    It put me off exploring it further, as I was looking for a DAC which would output into headphones. (if there is such a thing)

    I am now pretty much settled on a Beresford Caiman SEG, and Capella amp which I will be enquiring about shortly.

  6. #6
    Join Date: Jul 2011

    Location: Kent

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    I'm kev.


    I use an Mdac+, the headphone amp adequate for casual listening but my dedicated Burson head amp unsurprisingly destroys it.
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