The Meitner MA3 was just recommended to me, so I am very much interested to hear your thoughts once you get some time with it.
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So VERY early assessment. It been powered on continuously for a week now, and overnight just firing up a random 8 hr playlist to break it in. May need 300-500 hours to settle in, but...... Wow, for the money will be tough to beat. Since it’s not roon certified yet (maybe a few weeks or a month before it’s official, fingers crossed), I’m using my old opp udp-203 as the roon renderer, and my Mac as roon core hooked up over toslink to the MA3. I had to run it like this even though roon saw it as an endpoint, can’t stream to it until it’s been certified. Not ideal but I’ll tell ya this thing is smooth. Zero digital etch, bass response is fantastic, and sounds remarkably better than my Aurender a10, which it replaced. Large scale orchestral and female vocals are spot on and have that sort or ‘rightness’ that MSB and DCS can deliver without spending gobs of money. The unit sounded a bit flat when first powered on, which was totally expected and didn’t get much better for the first few days then bam. First step function cleared. I suspect there are more to be had. I have a window of 3 hours while the family is out of the house Saturday morning, I’ll have more to report in then.