Originally Posted by David Varner
Your opinion will will be the 3rd one here from someone that has heard both the m3 and m3a. I will be very interested to hear your impressions.
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Well, after a couple of weeks testing the D-Sonic M3-1200-3 (Now M3a with the new improved input circuit board), I must say I like the results. They are indeed subtle, but they are there.
The new circuit board changes some operational circuits, I suppose Dennis has tried them carefully in order to get the best listening results. D-Sonic are very accurate amps, so if they are partnered with components on the bright side, listening would be fatiguing for some ears. I want remark some
because every rig/room has their own sound.
My setup has an Oppo 105, a Pioneer SC87 receiver (european version, used as a pre for LCR channels), both come with the same ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC well known about its crystal clear accuracy. Speakers are JBL Array 1400/880, also hyper detailed ones due to their compression drivers!
With the original M3 version, sound was a bit edgy (just a little) with some notes on my setup. Choral voices or the raspy edge of sax, sounded not harsh but too revealing at times. I must say the Pioneer "solo" also sounded like that.
With the new input circuit, sound is... uhmm I wouldn't say more refined, but like passed with soft sandpaper. Piano notes have more body and the "forte" are at last more relaxing. I said before, these changes are subtle but to me they are very satisfying.
As usual with D-Sonic units, bass is fast and authoritative with lot of power reserve so I recommended them without any doubt for an eclectic multi purpose room (Music & Video)
Regards from the Oso