Originally Posted by acidjazz1
Hi Arrow-AV, thanks for the nice invitation, I'll check with my friend if he is willing to accompany me for a WE in London, since this is quite a effort, to travel from Switzerland for listening High-End Systems😎 On the other hand, I could invite the local disti, to check if everything is setup ok, you never know. For three times the price with the actual technology, it should take you the shoes off😉 on the other hand I also had to learn to not underestimate the Rotel, its quite a material war inside the device with three lps for analogue and two seperate shielded for the digital path and so on.😎
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I also tried the MP-50 for one month. And unlike you I decided to keep it. I am particularly happy with the bass management with 4 subs. That makes a big difference for both music (2.2) and movie (7.4). I have a pair of reasonably high-end front speakers and my primary concern has always been two-ch music SQ.
I have compared the MP-50 to different solutions and found the SQ to be as good as, or better than, many other dedicated stereo solutions that I have. That includes:
1) analog 2ch balanced XLR-output from my Oppo BD105D into a Parasound Halo P7 into my Adam Audio front speakers and 2x SVS PB16 subs (sub crossover in that case was done in the P7). I find that the Oppo, with its ESS Sabre 9018 DACs, has a slightly harsh "glare" that is not present in the MP-50.
2) I have also compared the MP-50 with my expensive but old EC EMC1UP CD-player (also connected through the P7), which by many is considered to be among the best players ever made (I think mainly due to the outstanding balanced output circuitry). The EC-player presents a huge sound stage that is hard to beat on 16bit/44.1kHz sources. But I find that the MP-50 is pretty close in that regard, and more refined in the treble.
3) Also I have compared with the NAD C510 DAC (same HW as the Stereophile Class A+ rated M51 DAC) into the P7. I find that the NAD has an edge over the MP-50 for 2-ch music, in terms of resolution and dynamics. But that is before RP correction, which significantly improves the bass integration and the mid-bass (100-300Hz) of my system to a level much better than what I can achieve with the NAD + Parasound combo. So a slight compromise either way...
4) Before I got the MP-50 I used the 7.1 analog outputs from the Oppo fed into a MiniDSP DDRC88BM with Dirac Live. That sounds "very good" (and again much better than the old Denon pre-pro I have, now collecting dust). But the MP-50 is clearly a LOT better on both music and movies, with less noise and better dynamics, and also more convenient with all the voicing and post-processing options.
5) Before I got the MP-50 I also considered a Mytek Manhattan II as an alternative, as part of a dedicated stereo config, especially because of the MQA support, fancy analogue volume control, etc. But after I heard the result of the MP-50 (with MQA recordings decoded/unfolded by a BlueSound Node 2) I decided that I did not need any better SQ on music sources and can live happily for a long time with the excellent sound quality delivered by the MP-50. One example worth listening to is the MQA recording by Ola Gjeilo "PIANO IMPROVISATIONS" (available in Tidal Masters), in my case unfolded by the Node 2 and delivered as 96kHz/24bit over coax to the MP-50. It is like having the whole grand piano in my listening room. Nothing missing there, as far as I can tell! :-)
Please note that none of this is proper A/B testing or anything like that, but the differences are not that subtle IMO. Still, just my subjective experience and opinion based on different and unsystematic listening sessions and one should of course not attempt to generalise anything from this. And clearly, differences due to the room interaction is much more significant than any of the above differences due to switching source components, IMO.
But in my room, with my setup and with my SQ preferences, I think the MP-50 is well worth it. A keeper ;-)