Muse X5 mini USB DAC

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Larry Winget
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Muse X5 mini USB DAC

I was bored and trolling Aliexpress for stereo shit one day and stumbled on this. Sure enough it was available on eBay too. Found this one for $8.99 with free shipping. Now it's a whopping $9.99.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MUSE-AUDIO-X5-HIFI-PCM2704-Mini-DAC-USB-Sound-Card-Board-For-Laptop-Computer-New/191088858885

Took a few weeks to get here. Oddly enough the biggest delay was with USPS.

Just plugged it in and it fuckin' works. Compared to my Mac Mini's headphone jack it sounds pretty bass-light but to me that is an improvement. I'm listening on Goldring DR100s which to me at least are pretty neutral. Imaging is slightly improved. Just listening to streaming stuff right now, but I expect the difference will be more pronounced with higher resolution stuff.

The connection is mini USB on mine, not USB B, but a cable is included, and it think this may be easier to adapt to Lightning or 30 pin for use with a phone.

Also, one weird thing at least on my Mac the "balance" control actually fucks with the phase. Things sounds best with it all the way right. Center seems to have the two channels of of phase with each other (hollow sound, vocals way down, etc...)

I will post more comments once I've had some more listening time.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:29
ryker

Were you unhappy with the Mac Mini DAC? I'm unhappy with mine on account of it shitting the bed.

Gonna get one of these otw.

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:02
Larry Winget
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ryker wrote:
Were you unhappy with the Mac Mini DAC?

Didn't use it much to be honest. Definitely too bass heavy for my liking though.

After a few days the phase issue sorted itself out. Digital gonna digital I guess.

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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:29
Larry Winget
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Running this thing from the desktop computer to the living room stereo. Listening to Bedhead. Doesn't seem to be lacking bass here. Dynamics are pretty damn good. Lotsa room sound.

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Wed, 12/24/2014 - 20:12