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M2 HiFace DAC
M2 HiFace DAC
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An interesting product.
It uses an XMOS controller and a PCM5102 chip, which places it outside of the standard range of Sabre implementations out of China. Of course, I'll always recommend a real DAC but if you want to put something in your pocket or takes up no space, the TI chip might not color the sound as much as a standard 9018 or 4490 family chip does. With these tiny low-power DACs, the chip is relied upon to do everything except drive the output or act as a USB controller; DAC chips do not produce their best sound functioning that way. Sabres (9018 family from China) sound etched and bright on their own. 4490 family from Japan tend to sound gooey / over-processed on their own. TIs, like the PCM and DSD families are known to offer good balanced sound, even though they lack of absolute performance and features of the above two chip lines.
Hey! Look who's here...GUTB the TROLL. Who says $175 SMSL M8 is worst sounding https://www.massdrop.com/buy/smsl-m8/talk/627943 and $165 PCM5102 DAC on a stick is good.
You have outdone your self. Go troll elsewhere.
Thanks for this. We learned a lot from your posting.
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