I am also curious about the differences in the (2) DMP-A6's. Is the "Master Edition" really worth the extra $400?
I bought the Master Edition for my headphone system a few days ago. My main system has an Aurender N200 and Audio Holo May DAC. I really needed something smaller for my desk and didn’t want to spend a ton of money. The Master Edition improved the clocking and provides better op-amps and I’m told the improvements are worth it. We shall see! I can always sell on the used market without a huge loss if it doesn't pan out!
@mr_m...that's what I thought also, but can't find any definitive answers. I use an out-board DAC too. I was hoping one of our members had both versions and could enlighten us...
I spoke to Amir the owner of summitt audio and he said the clocking and op amps made the background uierer and noise floor lower. I’m only interested in the Dac and streamer portion of the unit .
jjss49, pls let us know about your thoughts comparing it to the Innuous zen mini when you’ve had a chance to compare.
im also thinking about the Geshelli J2. People like cheap audio man love the j2. I spoke to one of the family members and I was impressed with her openness , honesty and customer service. She was wonderful! With support like I experienced I’d buy from this company. Much less expensive but great reviews and customer support.
im overwhelmed by the choices and people saying the difference is not as big as other factors.
Big +1. @jjss49 I’d be VERY interested in your impressions as I’m sure many others here would be too. That’s a very intriguing collection of streamers you have there! I’ve got the Zen Stream but my next upgrade was gonna be to the Innuos Zen Mk3 so…
@soix @brianportugal et al
i am currently on a summer vacation in spain, will be gone for another week, so i won’t really have proper answers on the streamer comparisons for probably another several weeks ... sorry about that not being any sooner
i ordered the eversolo master unit from summit several weeks back and it arrived just a couple days before we left for our trip (i wasn’t going to order both the plain jane and the master version, so i just picked the master with the purported better clocking and ic output stage)
before i left for the trip i played it using my usual cleansed lan feed using its internal ess sabre dac output first, and what i heard was predictably that very well known clean clear crisp spacious rhythmic sound signature that that chipset is well known for when coupled to a good ss output stage
i will compare the streamer output(s) against the others i have in house in due course, but as you know, to do that properly, using the various digital outputs into various dacs, will take some time to cover the many permutations - one that i quickly did was compare its rca spdif out against my well-used ifi zenstream with 12v lps, both feeding the same musical fidelity trivista dac using roon, i could not hear any difference
I have the standard Eversolo DMP-a6, and compared the coaxial output (SPDIF) to the USB output. Both cables were Audioquest Carbon, so that eliminated any differences you would hear from the cables geometry.
I thought the USB sounded a little cleaner than the coaxial. I had it connected to a Denafrips Pontus ll DAC.
The upgrades to the Masters Edition are higher level clocks and op amps on the DAC side so if you are only going to use it as a streamer the standard edition is the same. If you are going to use it as a combination unit you may or may not hear the benefits of the upgrade. No matter which of the Eversolo DMP-A6 unit's you chose the Z8 is intended as a higher level DAC.
I'm only repeating what the distributor Aamir told me when I asked the same question with regards to using as streamer only or combo. I was willing to pay the difference when I called him. I've had mine playing out of the analog outputs since I unpacked it Friday afternoon and it does seem to be improving incrementally and sounds pretty good on it's own. I'm let it keep going until this time next Sunday to see how much more it improves if any.
@jjss49 Curious if you have any updates to share. I've got the basic version and have compared it to the HiFi Rose 150b as both a stand-alone unit and as a streamer only, I'm also going to compare it to my Optical Rendu as a streamer and also to my Innuous Zenith MkIII, but probably won't get to those for a couple of weeks.
IMO the HiFi Rose 150b is better than the Eversolo as both a stand-alone and as a streamer only. For some folks not 5x better, but in my system it just has a more relaxed immersive feel than the Eversolo. The Eversolo has a nice soundstage (as does the Rose) but the Rose just seems to add more texture within the stage. It's really noticeable on human voices and on more complex passages that blur a bit on the Eversolo.
The Eversolo probably competes better against the lessor priced HiFi Rose products but the 150b is clearly the winner between these two.
I have a Master Edition and had the standard which I returned. I can’t make the comparisons to anything else unfortunately other than to themselves. Without a doubt the Master Edition is absolutely a better sounding component to the standard DMP A6. Running them both into analog inputs of my 300B tube amp (or my Yamaha S2200) aligning up some tracks from Tidal or Qobuz and A/Bing the pair instantly shows that they did their homework with the Master Edition. The Master sounds more realistic, the soundstage has more depth and separation with instrument placement. The Standard sounds much flatter like all the people in the band are just standing next to each other in comparison. Things like cymbal hits just sound more realistic and taper off slower. I think female voices from Diana Krall sound incredible and just flow out of the speakers very naturally. The bottom end is tighter with more definition to the bass. Where I didn’t find a lot of difference between the two units was when playing some late 90s rock. Think, Rage against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Incubus. Part of that may be the quality of the recordings? I’m not sure. I still think that even to the untrained ear it sounds better, it’s just not as big of a difference as say, with some thing like in Etta, James, Uncle Lucius (Keep the Wolves Away), or the entire Darkside of the Moon album.
That's an interesting observation. I think one of the YouTube reviews ( (Hans B.) said something similar..... reason why I say its a interesting observation, is that per Eversolo, the upgrades in the Master Edition relate to improving the Dac performance and have nothing to do with Streaming performance..... Wonder why when used just as a streamer , with exactly the same parts as the Standard version there would be improved performance.....( its not like they improved the power supply, etc.)
I am not sure why there would be a difference. I just know it is very noticeable. Even the base sounds different on the Master. The regular solo, has a more punchy bass, whereas the Master is more laid back with what I would call a more musical bass. We are not talking night and say difference but noticeable.
I loved the standard A6 in my system and one of the primary reasons for the purchase was to rip my 600+ CDs to a 2TB SSD. The ripping app was so buggy - it would rip 3 or 4 discs fine, then it wouldn't rip. It would give me a "restart?" message but wouldn't restart. Sometimes, it would load the CD and I'd see the album art and track list but then, when I tried to begin ripping, it would show "no cd" with a blank screen. The worst was when it wouldn't recognize a disc at all - just "no cd" even though the disc was spinning in the drive.
I tried the cd drive with my Mac Mini to ensure that wasn't the issue. I ripped a few CDs with XLD and it worked fine.
I loved everything else about the streamer and I didn't want to return it - it just got to be too frustrating.
Chuke076, I never got the cd ripper to work, with both the standard and the master. I even purchased the cd burner Eversolo supposedly used for testing. Until they fix it, I just burn to iTunes, and drop and drag to Eversolo. Hopefully they will get it fixed.
I was connected usb to a schitt yggy dac.