User Review: M50 Digital Music Player, M52 Digital Music Vault - Hesitant to get these, glad I did!!
April 5, 2013
The M50 and M52 are obviously pricey, could easily argue that they're both overpriced by just looking at the specs compared to competitors -- but based on my experience with my M51, T787, C565 and T757, I took a leap of faith. Airplay, which I have streamed throughout the house and patio via Marantz NA7004s and NR1602 using ALAC, was OK and convenient, but I've been dabbling with FLAC and a few HDTracks downloads and wanted to go further down that road. some pros and cons: both pieces are built solidly, heavy, NAD all the way; ripping is slowww and loud but the results are excellent, definitely cleaner sound than dragging over my PC's dbPoweramp FLAC files; a few times the disk didn't eject after ripping; in the first 40 rips, had one incorrect album and two missed songs (inaccurate so skipped? no messages); connections to the M51, best for me are XLR and Coax (AQ VDM-5), but HDMI did nothing for me; the M50 app is good and stable, my old NAS easily found and able to share, just a few oddities on the app that are OK but take some getting used to; for M50 to M52 connection, I'm still using the NAD-supplied USB A-B for now, seems to be pretty good but have an AQ Carbon on order just in case; M52 is quiet when streaming. Bottom line: these are very high quality pieces, and with proper cabling and the M51 they bring out the best in my PSB Synchronies. My living room system is solid top-to-bottom now. My old Sony 400CD carousel can finally retire! Later this year will probably check out Bluesound nodes for the basement, patio and bedroom. Cheers!
Tom - Rochester NY
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