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Muse Mini 4 x TDA1543 NOS DAC

  • I can’t find an official website for Chinese manufacturer Muse, but their “beginner’s” Mini 4 x TDA1543 DAC caught my eye on eBay due to its stupidly tiny price:  ~AU$50, shipped to my door.  I bought one.  I’m now on a mission to find the “best” cheap and cheerful (~AU$100) DAC.

    The specifications are anything but terrible: four of the legendary TDA1543 chips (so 16/44 only) and the well-respected DIR9001 receiver chip sit inside.  Inputs are coaxial and optical – no USB.  For your fifty bucks you also get a switch-mode PSU.

    There’s an extensive Head-Fi thread on this DAC right here and an Audio Circle thread here.

    Apparently, its performance can be improved by ditching the SMPS in favour of a linear version.  TeraDak make such a product, but some internal tweaking of the linear PSU is required.

    More controversially (!), this Head-Fi member prefers the Muse Mini sound to both the Cambridge DacMagic and the Bryston BDA-1, through both of which he hears the “artificial sheen” of [one bit] delta-sigma designs.

    The Muse 4X TDA1543 can be bought on eBay here.

     

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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