M2Tech Young D/A processor & Palmer Power Station battery power supply Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Apple MacBook Pro computer (2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD) running OS 10.6.7, iTunes 10.6, Sonic Studio Amarra 2.3, Songbird 1.9.3, XLD; Western Digital 2TB NAS drive; Oppo BDP-103 universal Blu-ray player; Meridian (formerly Sooloos) Digital Media System (Control 15, TwinStore x3); Apple iPad 2, 3, iPod Touch 1G, iPhone 4S; Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A converter.
Preamplifier: Marantz AV7005 in Pure Direct Mode.
Power Amplifier: Classé CAM 350 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: MartinLogan Prodigy, Descent subwoofers (2).
Cables: USB: Cardas Clear. S/PDIF: Cardas Neutral Reference, XLO. Line-level: various Kimber Kable, XLO HT Pro. Speaker: Kimber Kable BiFocal XL.
AC Power: Dedicated lines: 20A (amplifiers), 15A (digital & analog components).—Jon Iverson

M2Tech S.r.l.
US distributor: TEAC America, Inc.
7733 Telegraph Road
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 726-0303, x749, x776, x741

volvic's picture

Great review and really sleek looking design, author is spot on about the competition that exists at this price level and the outstanding level of performance now being offered.  While I lament the loss of physical media the performance improvement we are getting now for our dollar was unheard of 10 years ago and is most welcome.  

JadenKrosis's picture

Do you think a decent power conditioner would do the same job of cleaning up the sound as the Palmer power station did?

Jon Iverson's picture

I've not tried this, so can't say. Sorry.

JadenKrosis's picture

Thanks, I suppose I`ll have to give it a try and see for myself. I bought the Young as an upgrade to my Halide dac HD so I could get into the 24/192 realm. 
I had 3 dacs on my wanted list for this upgrade, the NADM51 and Benchmark dac2 and I went with the Young per your review.
The Young has proven itself to be everything you described, and has brought a new level of musical enjoyment to me.
I have one other question if anyone can answer, what is your opinion/knowledge regarding RCA to XLR adapters?
The Young has only RCA outs and my sub/sat system has ony XLR inputs so I`m using a set of Cardas adapters and cant help but wonder if I`m defeating a purpose or losing a benefit somewheres with this set up.