The plate “American I” sounded cautious about the musical fidelity M1 DAC (500 euro) almost as a historical recording, and placed with only very subtle stereo in the depths of space.
- Musical Fidelity M1 DAC D/A converter
- Data sheet
The most dangerous competition for musical fidelity M1 DAC comes from owning a home: the ultra simple V-DAC for 270 euro was at the test in AUDIO 1/09 the example for how to reach an amazing price-sound ratio by omitting unnecessary design and equipment features.
According to the principles of the musical saving philosophy, read on each V-packing, M1 would have fall through through. The massive front plate is unnecessary, the stable housing for the content a number too large, the symmetric AES/EBU digital input send professionally, but rarely useful and the life-radiant “Upsampling ” light on the front of pure decoration. But who said, that noble HiFi should be not too nicely packaged? As long as the M1 from his Spartan little brother not only visually, but also sound can settle, no one has a problem.
So was the M1 in the listening test directly against the V-DAC, who brought even its additional power supply V PSUS for reinforcing. The high-tension, more expensive 165 euro, V-DAC had also badly needed, because in the standard power supply unit he had no chance; against the big brother spatially stable, quiet and precise the M1 played clearly. With V-PSU of the V-DAC could the decrease space, good to hear about with the “American recordings” albums number I and III, beautiful bringing the strengths and weaknesses of the DACs in disparate sound aesthetics to the fore: loud, flirrend present with abundant steel string gloss and wider stereo base, was “American III” a case for the V-DAC/V-PSU-combination, which seemed to support Johnny Cash with more basic sound pressure.
“American I” then almost sounded like a historical recording, gently and with only very subtle stereo in the depths of space placed. This record won the better choice over the M1 crucial subtleties, realism and life – good, balanced equipment.
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe||22.0 x 10,0 x 30,0 cm|
|Digital volume control|
|Analog volume control|
|Display sampling rate|
|Word width display|
|Digital effects loop|
|Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES||192|
|Maximum sampling rate optical||96|
|Maximum USB sample rate||48|
|USB asynchronous mode USB|
|Adjustable digital filter characteristics|
|Number filter options||0|
|Inputs CD player|
|Digital AES / EBU||1|
|Output D/A converter|
|Outputs XLR stereo||1|
|Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm||0 / 0|
|Digital output to RCA|
|Optical digital output|
|Digital output other:|||
|Conclusion +.||Inexpensive, balanced-sounding converter.|
|Sound judgment||outstanding 115|
|Price / performance||Very good|
|tested in issue:||8 /.|