Musical Fidelity M1DAC: Coax vs USB
by, 03-10-2012 at 10:15 AM (1510 Views)
I just purchased a Musical Fidelity M1Dac and Iím very impressed with the sound quality. When I use my Pioneer Elite CD player through the M1ís coax input, the sonics are just right. When I use the USB input, the sound is about 90% of the CD. There is just a little less detail and some loss in dynamics. My question is, how can I bring the level of the USB to the level of my CD player? I asked the guy who sold me the DAC and he said that the implementation of the USB was just like the MF V-link. Iím wondering if any type of coax interface between the computer and the DAC would be better than USB. Let me give you some basics about my system and then some solutions Iím thinking of.
Dell XPS 8300 desktop w/ integrated audio
Standard USB cable to a
Musical Fidelity M1Dac feeding a Woo Audio WA3 tube amp
Listening to Grado RS-1 headphones
My possible solutions:
*Halide bridge to the coax of my M1
*Wavelength Wavelink to the coax of my M1 (Yea, I know this is more expensive than my DAC, but I do what I gotta do)
*A better USB cable (Although I think there are diminishing returns on the interconnect frontÖin other words, I donít want to spend $500 on a USB cable)
Please let me know if you endorse any of these solutions or have a different idea. Iíd especially like to hear from any M1Dac owners.
By the way, I'm using J. River Media center for playback. Flac files, Wasapi-Event style plug-in.