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A high end DAC will improve the sound; but the source files will be the limiting factor.


A low-mid DAC - Arcam irDAC; Peachtree DACiT; Meridian Director - would probably be more appropriate.





...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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I had the M51 for 2 months and it did improve the sound quality. Adding an iFi iUSB made for another substantial improvement. In my present system, streaming from MOG and Spotify sound the best that they have, but this is in part due to the amp. Redbook is still consistently better, but on much of the classical music that I listen to, the gap has narrowed nicely. I personally think that the key is avoiding equipment that is "ruthlessly revealing" and favoring descriptors like "relaxed" and "forgiving", as long as the overall sound quality remains high.

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