DAC Comparison

Marantz HD-DAC1 vs SMSL M400

Marantz HD-DAC1

The Marantz HD-DAC1 is a stylish compact DAC and headphone amp that comes with USB and analog 3.5mm in. Though it does not have the best specs when it comes to audio decoding capabilities, it's a great sounding device.

$799.00 MSRP

SMSL M400

The SMSL M400 MQA DAC uses the newest high performing D/A chip from AKM, the AK4499. It supports MQA decoding, PCM 32bit / 768 kHz, and DSD512 Native along with Bluetooth 5.0.

$859.99 MSRP
Features
Input/Output
Inputs

3.5mm

Coaxial S/PDIF

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-A

USB-B

Coaxial S/PDIF

IIS

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-B

Outputs

¼ inch

RCA

Balanced 3-pin XLR

RCA

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 192 kHz

32 bit / 768 kHz

DAC Chip

Cirrus Logic CS4398

AKM AK4499EQ

Portability
Wireless

Bluetooth 5.0

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