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SMSL M8A DAC listed at $179.99 for 3 more days

Discussion in 'DACs' started by Poultrygeist, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. gvl

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    Next gift idea: the DarkVoice tube headphone amp for those 6XXs.
     
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  2. ben_

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    I missed the massdrop, thinking too much and hesitating with a used Teac UD-H501 wich is still more expensive (roughly $120 more). Adding cross atlantic postage made it a not so huge deal also.

    For a USB only source to listen with an integrated amp (unbalanced RCA input) would you think ? Everyone seems to agree the M8A performs well once you give it a decent powersupply, the SMSL P-1 is another €140 added, that would put them at the same costs. I was thinking the Teac may probably resale easier on the next time I will want to upgrade
     
  3. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

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    I did not hear differences (SMSL-M8 w and w/o linear PS) but in a new house our power is better than some of the older houses we have lived in.
     
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  4. rromeo

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    Looks like it available on Massdrop again. Considering it.
     
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  6. GChief

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    Pulled the trigger
     
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  7. Chilibrother

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    USPS dropped mine off a little bit ago and I just got it set up.

    Let me put it this way - First thing I'm trying out is the Radio Paradise app running at the lossless setting. I'm sitting here listening to Om da Moter Varg by someone called Detektivbryan. Although I have no freaking idea who that is (or even how to type it with all the proper umlauts and such) I totally do not care - it sounds awesome!

    In fairness, my only frame of reference is the ancient Griffin iMic that I have used for the past decade. Everything is way crisper and cleaner with great vocals. Until now I've been a little disappointed in the bass response of the Karlson K12/University 312 speaker project that I recently finished. Not disappointed any more - bass is deep and smooth.

    My system has never sounded better. Gotta stop typing and go listen to . . . EVERYTHING.:rflmao::rflmao::rflmao:
     
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  10. GChief

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    I did the last MassDrop. Pretty sure I don’t like it. I find myself trying to talk myself into liking it every time I listen. To my ears it sounds “over processed”. I am playing with the filters and different inputs this weekend so we shall see.
     
  11. gvl

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    I'm sure this is not the first time I read this type of feedback about Sabre DACs.
     
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  12. eis01

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    I have the M8 (non "A") with the P1 power supply - sounds awesome to my ears - Highly recommend.
     
  13. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

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    Well, I used the minimum filters and that helped. The others didn't do it for me.
     
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  14. GChief

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    Agree with minimum filters. Also just changed line stage tubes and seems to be a little better. Still needs some tweaks to be a keeper. JMHO
    :beerchug:
     
  15. GChief

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    Need to figure out how many Rum and Cocunt waters I have had, Lamb of God is sounding pretty good.

    :dunno:
     
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  16. DaveHo

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    Has anyone tried something other than the SMSL P-1 power supply with the M8? There are a number of other potential choices on eBay that look promising for significantly less coin.
     

     

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  17. GChief

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    I have not. But I really am not hearing any noise problems. I am just not digging the “over processed” sound that I am hearing. I don’t think a power supply would help with that. But hey, what do I know.

    :beerchug:
     
  18. DaveHo

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    Well, surprise! A SMSL P1 power supply showed up on the local craigslist and I snagged it. Makes a noticeable improvement. Tighter bass, more open mids, crisper treble. Just sounds better across the board.
     
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  19. gvl

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    I have a different problem, I snagged a P1 on the auction site, now waiting for a cheap M8 to show up somewhere, wonder if the M8 will improve the P1 ;)
     
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  20. GChief

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    Maybe I can send you mine. Better with Tidal Hi Fi IMO but still not there.
    :)
     

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