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yetanotherjosh
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Mar 14, 2017
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My intention with this unit is to use it as the master DAC and volume control for my studio monitors, and for its headphone amp, along with a UAD Apollo (silver) as my DAW centerpiece. This unit lacks a word clock output - is this going to be a problem, if I'm running S/PDIF from the Apollo to the m920? I would think I'd want my Apollo clock synced to the m920 ideally, but this is not doable? Is this box not for me, should I be looking at one with a word clock output?
Mar 14, 2017
AlexVallejo
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Mar 14, 2017
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You would want to use your Apollo on it's internal clock. The m920 will extract the clock from the incoming data, put it through it's s-Lock PLL, then the DAC will run off the internal crystal so you get maximum performance.
Mar 14, 2017
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Mar 15, 2017
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This is not going to be a problem at all. m920 has superb s-Lock PLL that synchronizes to an external digital source and completely eliminates jitter. In addition, Apollo has pretty good internal clock. You get a crystal clear signal really, nothing to worry about.
Mar 15, 2017
yetanotherjosh
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Mar 17, 2017
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Thanks and also to Alex for the helpful info. I've been reading up a lot more on DACs and clocks, it's a crazy time sink if you let it be but I suppose the folks here already know that :) ... I, however, am new to DAC geekery.
I'm very close to pulling the trigger on this drop but TBH I am hung up debating the Dangerous Source, which given my budget would probably be where I'd land - if not for the awesomely tempting price on this drop. It is cheaper gear of course, from a technical standpoint having no internal clock (probly ok with my Apollo), and necessarily cheaper componentry (there are actually four dacs inside, a wall-wart power supply that apparently helps to replace with a third party linear power supply for best performance, and I hear some say the volume knob audibly diminishes fidelity vs bypassing it). So I'm confident in reasoning the m920 will sonically outperform the Source, but I have no idea by *how much* - does anyone have a sense if that gap is going to be subtle vs a big step up?
My use case is mixing, often drum and bass heavy EDM, so I'm looking for ultra-precise dynamics and very accurate bass in particular. I have a treated room and good monitors, and Grado RS-2 headphones but I barely use headphones anymore (maybe that will change?)
(Also, funny thing: I have an Eventide H8000 fx unit that I didn't realize has much better converters than my Apollo. I'd been using the Eventide as an fx processor only and not for primary monitoring. Whoa.)
Mar 17, 2017
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Mar 17, 2017
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I am using it's earlier (discontinued) brother m902 for music production for about 10 years now, and I can never thank myself for spending my money on it! It helps me to nail issues, such as sample zero crossing points, etc. You hear a tiny click with it – It's just so revealing! m920 is even better. Probably, you won't be looking at anything in the coming decade, at least.
Mar 17, 2017
yetanotherjosh
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Mar 17, 2017
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After some further research into the Dangerous Source's technical performance, I'm going for the m920. The Source appears to be a great product for the value, but at this price, the m920 is what I really want.
Mar 17, 2017
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