Anyone compared Merging+NADAC to other top dogs like Rockna, dcs, MSB etc.


I am looking at a deal for Merging+NADAC, which is a brand with a very solid reputation in Pro/Mastering world. It also has lots of very solid reviews from various reviewers (most of which are 4-5+ years old). So has anyone compared NADAC to other latest top dogs from Rockna, dcs, Bricasti, EMM, Lampizator, Playback Designs or even MSB or Aries Cerat.


I know all these brands have vary different flavors of the sound but since NADAC retails at $10K+, I am interested in knowing comparison to these established big brands from Audiophile world & how it differs from them in terms of the presentation, Strengths & weakness of each over merging.

If anyone had NADAC/NADAC Player in the past & moved to other brand is even more welcome as he will have comparison done in his own home setup.





@lalitk  Thanks for your response.


Since you have owned Rockna & EMM labs, can you provide more specifics regarding comparison between them & NADAC? You can use Musicality, transparency, realism as the pointers (where NADAC truly excels) to describe along with the others.

I don't have budget for Merging+Player, as a matter of fact I don't even have budget for new NADAC. Since I am getting the demo/display piece at almost 50% of the price for new, I am highly considering this deal.


Besides I am not able to audition this here in Mumbai (like many other brands & components), so it's going to be a blind purchase (which is fine as all my purchases in past are blind).

Talking about the high resolution system, I think Bakoon amp 13-R + SoundKaos Vox 3afw is high enough in resolution and overall performance for me to fully appreciate NADAC. Besides I am considering HeddPhone as headphone to be driven from Bakoon which is also a very high resolution & performance headphone (I have auditioned it for a week at my home).



Saurabh Ashtamkar

Any other member who has experience with NADAC, it will be of great help.




Very smooth sounding with absolutely no digital artifacts such as glare. Easy on the ears and mind making it easy to listen to music without obsessing on the sound quality 😊.  This is a very good thing. Big stage coupled with toe tapping flow and continuity. Gives you a great sense of the whole rather than dissecting the individual parts with uber detail.