When I learned that TEAC America now distributes M2TECH’s hiFace DAC, a palm-fitting, plug-and-play, Italian-made baby that, for $46 more than Audioquest’s 96kHz/24 bit Dragonfly, delivers up to 384kHz/32 bit performance, my curiosity was piqued. As someone with champagne tastes and a bargain outlet budget, I had to find out if the little baby with the preciously spelled name and the enticing slogan, “Sound quality better than you may expect,” amounted to anything more than an object of idle amusement.
Conclusion: The M2TECH’s sound was very, very, very nice. Given the unit’s realistic decay of instrumental sound at the end of phrases, and the overall musicality of its presentation, I sat dumbfounded at how satisfying the M2TECH hiFace DAC’s sound was for $295.
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