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Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro Combo DAC/AMP/Microphone/Speakers/Laptop Review

Sharur

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Starting Price: $2399.00 (Schiit Yggdrasil Original Retail Price)

The one I have for review costs $2799 (less than half the price of a Holo May) and boy does it come packed with features!


DAC/AMP Features:

* SINAD: Inaudible

* Frequency Response: Flat from 20 Hz to 20 kHz

* Power: Can easily make my Etymotic ER2SE clip (much more than Apple Dongle)

* Max Sample Rate: 96 kHz

* Max Bit Depth: 32-bit

* Capable of double amping with zero clipping

* Volume Control: Digital with "infinite" steps (touch bar)


Microphone Sound Demo


Speakers Sound Demo


Generic Laptop Features:

* 4.4 lbs

* 100 Wh Battery

* Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

* 16-inch 3072x1920 Display, 500 nits of brightness, 99% DCI-P3 Coverage, 1350:1 contrast ratio (sadly not OLED or mLED)

* Processor: 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9

* Memory: 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

* Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4 GB

* Storage: 1 TB SSD

* Incredible trackpad

* Good Keyboard

* 720P Webcam
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DAC/AMP Listening Test:

The fidelity out of this tiny 3.5 mm headphone socket is insane! I blind tested it against a Topping E30 when double amping, picked this as the E30, and didn't test again! :)


Tough decision on whether this or the Schiit Yggdrasil is a better buy. Personally, I would take the Yggi (as some call it) over the MacBook. I don't know, it just makes me feel a certain way. A way no other DAC can....


Before you hate on the Schiit Yggdrasil, just know that it must be left on for 2 months straight to reach optimal slam and macrodynamics.
 
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FrantzM

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Starting Price: $2399.00 (Schiit Yggdrasil Original Retail Price)
Before you hate on the Schiit Yggdrasil just know that it must be left on for 2 months straight to reach optimal slam and macrodynamics.

I was with you until you went … there.
soon said macro and micro dynamics would be improved with audiophile AC Power cord? And the bass bloom and the soundstage and … :rolleyes:
 
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Sharur

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I was with you until you went … there.
soon said macro and micro dynamics would be improved with audiophile AC Power cord? And the bass bloom and the soundstage and … :rolleyes:
Bass bloom is a function of frequency response and isn't desired. Soundstage comes from the size of the DAC making me feel like what I'm hearing is bigger.
 
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My dream setup is schiit Yggdrasil, schiit ragnarok, and etymotic er2se
 
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