Review - Musical Paradise MP-D2

Discussion in 'All Things Digital' started by billfort, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, I keep thinking I should try some alternative caps and still think the Mullard CV378 rectifier is more to my taste than the Bendix for the kind of music I listen to most often, but I really don't mess with this DAC anymore - it's just the perfect piece for me.

    The MP-D2 is one of the best investments I've done in audio as the kind of system you can wrap around it has let me realize a level of enjoyment from digital that I never thought possible. I don't pine away for vinyl all the time anymore and the amount of new music this has opened up to me is phenomenal.
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  2. After going thru all the comments on this thread, i also purchased the MP-D2 DAC. And to upsample my Redbook format files to DSD I also purchased HQPlayer. The music have been transformed from good to great!

    It was mentioned in this thread that the DAC's DSP can be bypassed if feeding it with DSD data. How can I accomplish this with HQPlayer? Or it can only be done with Room? Here are my HQPlayer settings:

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  3. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to HiFiHaven Lukas!

    Glad you are enjoying the MP-D2; I feel this is a really remarkable DAC with a lot of possibilities for squeezing the most out of your dollars spent and huge potential for tailoring the sound to suit your ear. I love this piece and it's transformed my listening - I'm still a vinyl guy for the most part but the world of music that has opened up for me via this approach to digital has been very satisfying.

    If you are already passing this DAC it's highest/native supported DSD rate - DSD256 - then you are bypassing it's internal DSP, and your settings show that you are doing that. Roon is all about making HQPlayer more 'livable' for me (it becomes a background process) and integrating Tidal, Internet radio and my local content in a great interface - HQPlayer works just fine without Roon. Roon does have the option of doing upscaling to DSD256 on it's own and is damn good at it, just not quite as good as HQPlayer (IMO). Killer combination and I wouldn't want to be without either in my system.
  5. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

  6. Thank you folks for the warm welcome. Cheers and happy listening!
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  7. marantzfan

    marantzfan Administrator Staff Member

    Glad to have you with us @Lukas Luis.

    Do you have the newer version that you can roll DAC chips or the older version where they were soldered in? I (and likely @billfort) have the older version and I'm curious to know if anyone that has bought the new one has tried different DAC chips in it.
  8. I have the new version with the AK4497 chip. I see that that the chips are just plugged in. I may try the Saber Chip in the future but for now I'm just enjoying my music collection. Even mediocre recordings are fun!
  9. Thanks Bill.

    BTW, I found poly-sinc-xtr-mp-2s and AMSDM7 512 fs+ more open and more dynamic sounding than the combination I attached in my previous post. I still upsample to DSD 256 into a SOTM sMS-200 NAA. Have you tried this combination before. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks.

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