Parasound or Micromega Dac

I'm intrigued by the buzz about the new Parasound ZDac and the Micromega MyDac. Anyone have experience with these? No computer audio here, just the dac and an old Oppo 980 player as a transport in a second system.

Robert Harley seems to love the Micromega, and an audiophile I trust thinks the Parasound is outstanding. The Micromega lists at $399, and the Parasound for $475 and it has a headphone amp.

At these prices I'll probably order both for a home audition and keep the one I like best. I never really know until I hear something in my system, but I'd be interested in any thoughts you might have.
I own the MyDAC and am very happy with it. Let us know how it stacks up to the Parasound if you do compare them.

I'm using a MAC Pro and just basic iTunes ripped as .wav. I'm very pleased with it.
Ok. I took the challenge and ordered a MyDac and ZDac to compare. I've only had them for a few days, but here are some initial impressions. YMMV

Wow! It's amazing what quality digital you get for under $500 now. The price performance ratio has sure gone up recently, and both dacs are very strong. Not just for the money, but great sounding.

This dac would be for an office system that is a work in progress. My ancient Pioneer DV525 will be used as the transport. It's here, it works...

I listened in my reference system with LSA Statement equipment. The Micromega is impressive. I'm not as taken with it as Robert Harley apparently is in the Absolute Sound, but for a street price of $369 it's unbelievable. It's open, smooth and 3 dimensional. The bass is ok. Not exactly wimpy, but not a lot of authority. Maybe just a tad anemic on certain recordings to my ears. It's not the last word in resolution, but very nice. And for $369?

The Parasound ZDac is another very strong performer but with a different flavor. You know the story--better in some ways and not as good in others. while it's smooth and sweet with good detail, it's slightly less 3 dimensional than the Micromega, but better dynamics, bass impact and authority. You also get a good headphone amp and balanced outs for your extra hundred bucks. Again, what an unbelievable value for $475 list.

Unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy the Micromega for long. It stopped working on the second night of listening. Suddenly I was getting no sound using coax, and only 1 channel and some static using toslink. I have no idea what happened, but, even though it sounds great for the money, it doesn't work for me. It weighs about a pound, is made of plastic, and I would always be afraid it will break. You would think it's a toy. I had to take care that my cables didn't pull it off the shelf, and one of it's feet fell off when I moved it.

This may not be an issue for you. If you want a great sounding dac for under $400 you should listen to the Micromega. Personally, I feel better with a unit that is more substantial, but, no doubt, it's an impressive sounding piece.

I started comparing the Parasound with my Burson HA160D. It's used in my second system with an Oppo 980 DVD player as a transport. I'm a huge Burson fan. There stuff is great value, very well built, and sounds great.

I'll take the Burson over the Parasound. The Burson's dac section has more resolution and the headphone amp is better. But it's a lot closer than you might think. The Parasound is 40% of the Burson's price. I thought the Burson was a great value when I bought it a couple of years ago, and it's still a great performer, but the Parasound is very strong, and again, what a price-performance ratio.

So of course, with the recent great advance in the $500 dac category, I can't help wondering if the 1k dacs have improved as much? This is dangerous.
Nice review. I wonder how the Micromega compares to the Emotiva XDA-2. I'm on the verge of buying a DAC. Good time to buy. Great DACS out there for a fraction of what they cost several years ago.