Received this DAC yesterday and pleased with the sound on my Sennheiser HD800s using gain of 18. These are power hungry headphone and had zero issues with this DAC. Everything from Jazz, blues, rock and rap were great.
You really need to use a balanced connector. This model uses a 2.5mm connector for balanced.
Ordered a Silver Dragon via balanced 2.5mm connector from moon-audio. Cable arrived and I’m now simply blown away with the difference.
Highly recommend when you receive this DAC you download the USB Windows 10 driver and the latest firmware. The unit supports MQA, but needs the firmware to work.
Streaming to wireless is ok. You won’t receive the same quality. Use a computer and USB 3.
I stream via Tidal and Spotify. If you want to support MQA with this device and windows 10, make sure in Tidal you tell it under settings not to use software compression of MQA and do a pass through.
For hifi, I run all Martin Logan electrostatics in dolby atmos in my media room. Preamp has 3d for atmos music. With my setup running three amps and about 4000 watts of prestine class A amps. Not bragging here, but it sounds freaking amazing for movies and music. What I’m getting at is with this media room setup, Im now relaxing in our master bedroom using my headset and this DAC.
Will this also power planar headsets? The answer is simply yes. Also have Audeze LCD-X with Black Dragon cable. No issues.
If you are looking at a separate DAC and amp, don’t. This is powerful enough.
Just buy it. It has been comparable to 14k DACs from hifi reviews.
Yes, it’s just this good