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Review and Measurements of Mytek Brooklyn DAC

Music1969

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I will have to ask. I have so much to test right now that I don't want to pester my source and then not have the time to test it. :)

Hi @amirm

I'm guessing the re-test of the Mytek Brooklyn DAC (this time with distortion inducing MQA disabled in the DAC's menu settings) will likely never happen now?

The ship has sailed? :)
 

Brookt

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I also found the Mytek to be bright, thin and a little sterile. We had been listening to a Chord Qutest for a couple hours while testing some magnepans and the Qutest was much better. More lush, warmer, didn't have the harshness, more depth. The Chord can add a slight reverb but that tiny coloration is much more pleasant than the Myteks dry, weak sound.

Can belive how expensive it is. The Cambridge CXN also sounded better.
 

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I also found the Mytek to be bright, thin and a little sterile. We had been listening to a Chord Qutest for a couple hours while testing some magnepans and the Qutest was much better. More lush, warmer, didn't have the harshness, more depth. The Chord can add a slight reverb but that tiny coloration is much more pleasant than the Myteks dry, weak sound.

Can belive how expensive it is. The Cambridge CXN also sounded better.

May I ask what amp have you been using with Qutest?
 

lucretius

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Hi @amirm,

I note that this review is linked to the Brooklyn DAC+ in the Audio Electronics Review and Measurements Index. However, as far as I can tell, (1) only the Brooklyn DAC (non-plus) was tested, and (2) the DAC that was tested was tested with MQA enabled but not with MQA disabled, and (3) it is not clear if you had tested this DAC with the digital volume control versus the analog volume control.

Was the Brooklyn DAC+ (i.e. plus version) tested? If not, shouldn't the Audio Electronics Review and Measurements Index be corrected?

Thank you!
 

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Sorry to get this thread out of the swamps :)
But I wondered.. I quite like the featureset of this DAC (analogue input, DAC, headphone out). Are there any alternatives that measure better (and maybe cost less)?
I have a headphone amp and a DAC connected to my integrated and I’m thinking of a solution with less boxes…
 

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I also found the Mytek to be bright, thin and a little sterile. We had been listening to a Chord Qutest for a couple hours while testing some magnepans and the Qutest was much better. More lush, warmer, didn't have the harshness, more depth. The Chord can add a slight reverb but that tiny coloration is much more pleasant than the Myteks dry, weak sound.

Can belive how expensive it is. The Cambridge CXN also sounded better.
I find the sound to be thin too as a preamp to my Benchmark AHB2. Chris Jones track Roadhouses and Automobiles sounds less lively and natural sounding than my old faithful Marantz amp. I wonder if using a Ferrum Hypsos to power the Mytek will remedy the sound issues so it is more natural, live and realistic sounding of cymbals and acoustic guitar with more dynamism?
 
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