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Old 10-23-2018, 10:20 AM
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:28 AM
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has anyone compared the EMM dac vs the Berkeley Reference Dac ?
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Refer to https://www.computeraudiophile.com/c...r-review-r721/

Chris says: "The DA2 didn't seem to make errors of commission or omission, and fell directly in the middle of the Berkeley and dCS." He concludes: "The DA2 and PRE are in rarefied air no doubt at $25,000 a piece, but the best of anything is never inexpensive."
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:51 AM
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EMM DA2 and Aurender N10 reduced significally my vinyl listening sessions
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:34 AM
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:06 AM
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yuen andy , welcome to AA
1. Thank you.

2. Hi all,

You might be interested in this review of the EMM Labs MTRX2s by Doug Schneider (EMM Labs MTRX2 Mono Amplifiers, SoundStage! Hi-Fi, 01 January 2019). He wrote: "But at this point I had to remind myself that there was more at play here than the MTRX2s -- the Pre and DA2 Reference were up front. But still -- all that Meitner gear could map soundstages like crazy." His conclusion: "The EMM Labs MTRX2 monos are the best-sounding amplifiers I’ve ever heard."

3. Phishphan in AudioShark forums (October 13, 2018) says: "I’m in the hunt for a new DAC and had the opportunity to hear the DA2 today at the house of a fellow audiophile. I sold the guy my Esoteric Grandioso K1 a few months back and got to be friends with him. We were chatting about my search, and he told me I HAD to come hear his newest piece of gear. The rest of the system was a Ayre preamp, KEF Blades powered by boulder 2060 amp, and the DA2 was fed by a Mac mini tricked out by a company called “your final system”... no clue who they are. It was kind of a hodgepodge of brands, but this guy seems to rotate out gear like I change socks.

I was completely floored at how amazing the DA2 sounded. We spent about an couple hours playing around with his collection of high end DACs and transports, and I can tell you nothing sounded even as good as the DA2. Even my old K1 sounded downright flat and 2D compared to the wall to wall semi circle of sound the DA2 created. The depth and placement was simply incredible. The closest any of his gear came to the DA2 was a dCS Vivaldi DAC with the Upsampler, which has a price tag of over double the DA2. He also had an MSB DAC V, that seemed to excel in mid range and bass, but was too bright sounding.

We listened to a few Medeski, Martin & Wood tracks that made my jaw drop. The bass line was so clear and detailed, the drums had a air around them I’ve never experienced before. Then I put on my favorite test track, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones - Sinister Minister from the Live Art album. I always find Victor Wooten’s bass solo to be a workout for a system. The DA2 handled it flawlessly.

EMM wasn’t even on my radar until today, as I’ve been thinking MSB. That changed today. The EMM is at the top of my short list, and I may end up going that direction."
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:30 AM
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Hi all,

Yes. After nearly one year has passed since the EMM Labs DA2 v2 upgrade, I continued to be amazed by it! On excellent recordings, orchestra bloom sounded just like what is heard in the concert hall (I am using the Magico Q speakers and Magico Q-Sub 15. I must add that the Shunyata Research Sigma power cables, Shunyata conditioners, the Critical Mass Systems Maxxum rack/amp. stands/footers, the Constellation Audio Centaur, played a large part in achieving this) I continued to discover anew my vast collection of SACDs.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:36 AM
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Hi all,

Someone had the opportunity to compare the EMM Labs DA2 dac to the MSB Reference DAC in his own listening room Phishphan. The result? He found the EMM Labs DA2 "more three dimensional" and "more resolving and hyper-detailed" when compared to the MSB Reference DAC.
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