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Sry for make ad here...I actually have a SMSL M9(AMP+DAC) for sale, it is in excellent condition, with original box and cable ...I bought it half of year ago, and now upgrade to sony ta-zh1es(which is expensive)... Thus, i'm thinking to sell my M9 for some money...I would say 350$ (brand new is about 450)... if u wanna buy it or give me your offer, pls tell me!
Are there measurements for this DAC anywhere online? I've looked but haven't found anything.
Sythrix
What measurements are you looking for?
ampcrusher
Frequency response, THD+N, jitter, etc.

Actual measurements from an independent party, not whatever the company puts out.

audiosciencereview.com type information, although they haven‘t gotten to it yet.
it pairs well with the massdrop 02 amp?
I received the M8A on the last drop, and have had the opportunity to compare it to my Musical Fidelity V90-DAC over the last few months. The V90-DAC sounds better than the M8A in every case, no matter what the source file is. The M8A plays pretty much everything I put into it natively. The V90-DAC requires that JRiver convert many high resolution files, and all DSD files, to something it will recognize but it always sounds better than the M8A. By better, I mean more realistic. The V90-DAC makes it seem like your listening to an actual person singing and playing a guitar in front of you, while the M8A lacks this realism. I believe that there is far too much emphasis placed on the particular DAC chip used in units, and not enough on the quality of the output stage. Of course, your mileage may vary, but I have used both DACs with numerous tube preamps and tube amplifiers, and a variety of loudspeakers, and the V90-DAC always sounds better. I will probably be selling the M8A soon.
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Thanks, I've been looking for a review of the Musical Fidelity V-90 versus Chinese brand DACs (SMSL, Topping, Etc.). Still in the hunt for a DAC to play music from a PC (Foobar) to my hi-fi. My biggest hesitation on the V-90 is it can't go beyond 24/96 and no DSD, but then again 80% of my music are 24/96 or lower.
typericey
I use JRiver, and it converts the files to something the V90-DAC can use. Perhaps if you have a system of very high resolution, you might be able to
hear a difference between DAC chips assuming an identical output stage. My feeling is that output stage is largely ignored with DACs, with all the emphasis being put on specific DAC chips. For an interesting perspective on this, check out the Lampizator site. As it is, I’d rather listen to 24/96 or CD on the V90 than DSD 256 on the M8A. By a wide margin....
I got mine and have it hooked up now. I installed the software off of the SMSL website and then set the output sound to 32-bit 192kHz in Windows 10 and this runs like a champ. I have a Little Dot MkII as a preamp and used the MD x JBL LSR30X speakers and the whole chain sounds amazing. There was a significant noticeable improvement going from the PC built in line out to this DAC.
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MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TU INFORMACIÓN. Un saludo.

Roberto.
Gernapious
Depending on your source, you may not actually want to run at 192 KHz. Most music files are 44.1 KHz, so any sampling rate that is not a multiple of 44.1 can cause resampling errors. Not sure you'll actually hear the difference, but for 44.1 KHz sources, that's also the optimal output. Upconverting to higher bit rate (e.g. 32 bit) is safe, and can help in the case of volume adjustment.
Does it support 220v? There is no information on input voltage...
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hi,it supports 220V.thanks
lrx2017
Thanks a lot!
Is everyone still of the opinion that the older discontinued M8 sounds better than the current M8A? That seems to have been the general consensus around the time of the switch.

I have the older M8. I’ve used it as a DAC for the digital signal coming out of my TV.

The screen saver feature lets me run it 24/7 around the clock without having to worry about screen burnout. That’s a truly useful feature to me, as the DAC doesn’t have a remote control to shut off power after use.

So so far it’s been flawless, and sounds really good.

It’s pretty neutral sounding, and doesn’t have a obviously recognizable personality, IMO, like the Teac UD-501 and UD-503 do, for example. But it IS a very transparent and high quality sound.

I wonder what folks think about how the older M8 compares to the current M8A soundwise now that a lot of folks have had a chance to listen to the M8A.
For 149 you could get a Schiit Modi 2 Uber. Seems like a better deal.
If someone wants to sell one. M8 or M8a, Please contact me.
Wackid
Hello Wackid, I may have one M8A Brand new, I have not open the box from SMSL yet. if you are interested. Lets discuss, you can reach me at ramiot@videotron.ca
Thanks.
Got my second unit on 29th. Yes, they are so good, that I have two of them right now (and a Gustard X20Pro).

Both units work flawlessly and give me ~80-85% what I can squeeze from Gustard (~800USD AFAIR).
First one sits on top of Rotel RA-10 giving me with SMSL B1 a nice bluetooth AptX rig, second one is for HT setup with Pioneer VSX-924 and B&W602S3 - it is just that better than Pioneer's internal Sabre 9006.

Anyway, still recommended. Exceptional value!
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We're neighbors then, regards from Warsaw ;)
kasyx
Haha, regards from Esslingen then. I just need to get my customs back now which is no problem. Just a little annoyance.

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