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M2 HiFace DAC
M2 HiFace DAC
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Reviews around the web kinda say that:
1. It's a fantastic DAC
2. Its build is particularly flimsy
3. It does NOT have an amplifier, so it's best used in a chain that includes an amp, but not as direct headphone output (unless your HPs are stupid low impedance)
Thank you very much for your comments. Please note the following in repsonse.
1. Your comment about the unit not having amplification capability is bit inaccurate. Output voltage is rated at a minimum 2.0Vrms 10kOhms. Therefore, the M2Tech USB DAC may be used directly with headphones with medium-to-high impedance, and also out to a powered amp external from the DAC, or to powered loudspeakers. In additon to these uses, you may use the stereo line out directly to a line input on a main amp/pre-amp or receiver for use as a high res. digital audio streaming device.
2. The casing on the DAC is hardened ABS plastic. Is is not "flimsy." This was done so that engineers could use higher grade materials and components internally, with higher specs, and still hit a price point acceptable to consumers. Solid metal casings can cost thousands or 10s' of thousands of dollars in tooling expense and do nothing to improve capability to reach high resolution PCM-DXD. In fact, most of those DACs (Like many Dragonflys) are limited to 24bit/96kHz files or below. In some cases they may go up to 24bit/192kHz. The M2Tech USB DAC shown here, is extremely smooth from 16bit/44.1kHz all the way through 24-32bit/384kHz. This allows for affordable consumer price points making higher resolution up to 24-32bit/384kHz possible. In the extremely unlikely event a casing failed under normal use conditions, M2Tech would replace the unit during their 2 year warranty period.
3. One review that is linked here, should please be read completely (2 pages) before anyone makes a buying decision. Audiostream.com is the on line version for PC audio owned and run by Stereophile. In this review the M2Tech USB PCM/DXD DAC was compared to a dCS DAC system costing 10s of thousands of dollars more. Their conclusion was ...."What’s most important to note, however, is how musical the M2TECH hiFace DAC sounded. Even against equipment costing well over 100 times more (when you count in the cost of all the cables, the price difference gets even sillier), the hiFace DAC held its own" Read more on this at http://www.audiostream.com/content/m2tech-hiface-dac-page-2#HYBwb0fYry6mZoUl.97 .....Their review also concludes by stating ....."Beyond its marked sonic superiority to the $249 Audioquest Dragonfly, I don’t know how the M2TECH hiFace DAC compares with the other new, diminutive bargain USB DACs on the market. I only know that you absolutely must hear it to believe how good it is." .......... Again, please read the full 2 page review at http://www.audiostream.com/content/m2tech-hiface-dac#yPXBve2GFPekpuYT.97
You can download the complete owners manaul also at: http://www.m2tech.biz/it/hiface_dac.html
Please read: http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2014/07/improving-ios-audio-with-the-m2tech-hiface-usb-dac/
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