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Nov 14, 2018
I've owned this system for over 5 years and really loved it. I just recently added a DAC to this system and thought I'd pass along my impressions. Setup: Definitely a positive upgrade for the M10 system. (Obviously one's mileage will vary based on the DAC and connections.) I've found the harshness in treble notes taken out, and vocals in particular are more vibrant. I would say that both systems (the Grace SDAC and the M10) are fairly clean/neutral but adding the SDAC gave the sound additional warmth without taking away clarity or depth. I'm not a hard core audiophile so I wasn't sure if this -- or any -- DAC would make a difference but really happy with the improved sound. I went with the straight DAC (vs. a DAC/amplifier combo) because the M10 has its own amp. As a side note: I've found the M10 cranks a little louder now. Turning it up one quarter (about 9 o'clock on the volume knob) is all I need now for fairly filling but not distracting sound while at my desk; before it was closer to halfway (about 11-12 o'clock on the volume knob).
Nov 14, 2018
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