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    vinyl nerd spdif-usb's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blake View Post
    Your experience is the absolute polar opposite of my findings and I could not disagree more strongly, but its all good. I would also say, based upon reading pretty much every external converter post on this forum, yours is for sure the minority view. But, different strokes...
    I know it's the minority view. However, I also know that most DACs simply do not have the built-in M2Tech OEM interface, as well as that most people here do not have the Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Plus, so it's a bit like apples and oranges IMO. In fact, I wholeheartedly agree most DACs sound better with an external converter even if it's only a relatively cheap external converter. The DAC that I have is an exception IMO, because it takes a relatively much more expensive external converter for it to start sounding better. So much so, the money could be better spent elsewhere IMO (i.e., I decided to add an Emotiva UMC-200 and a pair of Emotiva Pro Airmotiv 5s instead and, frankly, I couldn't be happier with those).

    It has been no secret that M2Tech, Wavelength and dCS have been residing a step in front of competition when it comes to USB input on a DAC these days, but anyway... like the Italian saying goes, it takes a little bit of suffering to look beautiful (a quote from the M2Tech official website). If the idea of doing a little bit of suffering is just to be a minority speaker of the house, I'll gladly take that as a sacrifice...

    Also, contrary to what I believe is your view, I think the difference between $600 dacs and $1,000 dacs is minimal and not necessarily worth the extra money. This is nothing to debate, so I am not trying to convince you as that would be pointless, just pointing out that there are different views worth considering.
    I have never claimed the difference between $600 DACs and $1,000 DACs is necessarily worth the extra money, nor that there aren't any different views worth considering. Just that I think the $1,100 MiniMax DAC Plus is one of those rare examples of a DAC that's more than worth considering, and the M2Tech OEM is only one out of several important reasons why I think that. The power supply and the implementation of the DAC chip matter a ton also. There used to be a time when I had almost decided to go for a dual mono Wolfson DAC rather than a Sabre DAC, but I am really glad that I haven't.
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    Last edited by christopher3393; 05-06-2013 at 07:06 AM. Reason: addition to clarify
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