Musical Fidelity M1 DAC D/A Converter

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.

  1. Musical Fidelity M1 DAC D/A converter
  2. 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

Manufacturer Musical Fidelity
Price €500.00
Rating 115.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 22.0 x 10,0 x 30,0 cm
Weight 3,4 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote 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 RCA 1
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 1
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 1
Digital DSD
I2S 0
FireWire 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 1
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm 0 / 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other: –
Test results
Conclusion +. Inexpensive, balanced-sounding converter.
Sound RCA 113
Balanced sound 115
Sound SACD
Facilities well
Operation Very good
Processing Very good
Sound judgment outstanding 115
Predicate 5 ears
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 8 /.