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Thread: Merlot DAC and Syrah Music Server

  1. #151
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    Jul 2011
    Hi VPN,

    I just received the USB-XIII and used it to connect both a PB MSP-5 DAC and a Pacific Microsonics DAC to a Sound Galleries Monaco 2015/HQPlayer server in my system.

    I haven't done detailed comparisons between the USB-X and USB-XIII, and I don't own or have listened to the Merlot, but I can tell you, without getting into audiophile descriptors, that the USB-XIII raises the MPS5 performance to another higher level.

    And the same is true of the Pacific Microsonics DAC. How much of that is due to the USB-XIII, or the SGM or other improvements to my system, I can't say. But frankly, at this point, I'm enjoying the system too much to fiddle with the comparisons. But without question, the USB-XIII is a significant improvement over the USB-X.

    Of course YMMV, but the USB-XIII is worth an audition if you have the USB-X.

    However, I did speak to Andreas Koch (prior to purchasing the USB-XIII) about how the MPS-5 with the USB-XIII would compare with the Merlot. He remarked that their performance would be very close and the choice would come down to personal preference.

    Which leads me to believe that the anecdotal comments about the Merlot being better than the MPS-5 were probably based on the MPS-5 using the USB-X rather than the USB-XIII with DSD4x capability.

    Nevertheless, I also still look forward to comparisons of the Merlot and the MPS-5 with the USB-XIII.
    Last edited by cmarin; 12-17-2016 at 08:00 AM. Reason: Clarification

  2. #152
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    Curious to know whether anyone has compared the MPS-5/MPD-5 with USB-XIII to the Merlot yet?

  3. #153
    Hello Cmarin,

    Thank you for your feedback on the USB-XIII with MPS-5.

    Analog Source: Steve Dobbins Technics SP10 mk3, Schroder LT, Lyra Atlas, Tom Evans Mastergroove mk2, Loricraft PRC4, SRA Scuttle mk3. Digital: Playback Designs MPS-5, CAPS Zuma, 2x Joule III LPS, WS2012R2+AO Amplification: CH Precision L1, 2x Krell FPB 750mcx Speakers: Modded Dunlavy SC-VI w/ Duelund crossovers Cables: Kubala Elation (speaker), Totaldac USB, Echole Obsession XLR and RCA, NBS Black Label II,Power: Kubala Elation and NBS Black Label II, Four dedicated lines, PS P10

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