After reading the positive reviews on the forums and finding this piece by Steve Guttenberg, https://www.cnet.com/news/get-ready-to-upgrade-over-receiver-sound-quality-amplifier-preamp-power/, I am about ready to make the plunge and buy the m700s. However, I do have a couple of lingering questions that I couldn’t find the answer to.
I know that the m700s were built to complement the stellar dac and it’s analog preamp. I currently am using the DSJ that feeds into a tube integrated preamp/amp, and I wanted to just use my DSJ as both DAC and preamp. Since I only use digital sources currently, would the DSJ + m700 combo suffice?
Can the m700s power down to standby, and more importantly can they be powered up by the DSJ?
Correct, though the Stellar GCD and BHK preamp all have trigger outputs. That said, I wouldn’t worry too much as the idle current of the M700 is nil.
I have had the M700s now for about two months. Originally with a Audeze pre. Then the Gain Cell Dac. Now, (picked this up in Boulder yesterday) the DS jr. The sound keeps getting better and I’m close to nirvana. Still working out a few nits (and maybe a bug, not sure) but I am using Roon and Win 10 so nothing is as simple as it seems in the PC world. At first I got some pretty nasty white noise but Jeremy and Matt came to the rescue and Redcloud was completed first shot and now sounds great even streaming Spotify and Pandora. I too Paolo only have digital sources.
(BTW- Shout out to PS Audio and Jeremy for killer Customer Support)
May call again Monday with a few questions- Roon related mostly but now I’ll also search this forum extensively.
- I too am a bit bummed as my GCD had a trigger which fired up the entire system with one push of the remote. Paul (or ?) are we saying above the 700s can be left on ? Or say at least over weekends with no harm done?
“That said, I wouldn’t worry too much as the idle current of the M700 is nil” PM
- Like I mentioned, I am still figuring this out but the sound on everything from Spotify to MP3 to Miles Davis at 24/192 is stunning with the DSJ/ReCloud and the M700s…!
Yes, you can leave the M700s on for the weekend with impunity.
Ditto on the welcome. Leaving the M700’s on can help break them in. I ran mine nonstop for a couple weeks when they were new (with the volume very low) and it did help. I think Darren said it wasn’t even essential that they be playing music.