I have not compared to the NAD m51. Bit running silver DH labs interconnects out of the Orchid. Wish Orchid had XLR.
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DAC = NAD M51
Amp = Job 225
Speakers = Ascend Sierra Tower w/ RAAL tweeters
Sub = Rythmik F12
Source = Bluesound Node 2 (Tidal)
Digital Coax cable = Cerious Graphene
Speaker cables = Tara Labs RSC Prime
Interconnects = VH Audio Pulsar Copper
Power Cords = custom made
If the coronavirus were not in full effect I’d hit up some audio meetups in the NYC area and demo some gear. Note that there is nothing bright or harsh about my current setup. The M51 isn’t as resolving as the RME and I found it to be more musical than the RME. The RME was definitely a step down from the M51 from a pure enjoyment perspective. It just sounds, mechanical, like a piece of dry studio gear. I’m not trying to mic an instrument to get the absolute greatest detail so I can carve up a mix. I just want to listen to music.
Has anyone that has heard the M51 found it to be rolled off on the high end?
I had an MHDT Paradisea+ many years ago but haven’t heard their newer models, plus they don’t have volume control and I have no desire to purchase an analog preamp as I’m all digital.
One other comment. People seem to think that DAC's are the end all be all of sound. Let me remind you that Analog is still king in the studio world. Analog synths and effects gear using tubes (gates, compressors, summing amps) operate in the analog domain. The BEST studio gear is analog. Tape compression still cannot be duplicated in the digital domain.