This is the world's finest stereo monitor controller, with built in mastering quality DAC, audiophile-grade headphone amplifier and unrivaled system configuration tools.
The m905 is our second generation stereo monitor controller, engineered from the ground up to provide unrivaled audio playback performance with a comprehensive and intuitive feature set.
Included are all requisite professional audio inputs and outputs, both analog and digital, with an asynchronous USB input for jitter free 24/192 computer playback. Outputs include 3 stereo speaker sets, two subwoofer, and our reference headphone amplifier.
The remote is powerful, clean and ergonomic. It includes a headphone output, talkback microphone, and dedicated real time SPL meter. Controls are designed so that anyone unfamiliar with the system can operate it immediately and intuitively, then with a minimal time investment advanced setup and calibration features are accessed and programmed with ease.
The m905 offers more monitoring management features than any current monitor controller. But its true essence is as the most sonically reliable and innate centerpiece available for your studio - homebase for your ears, eyes and hands.
Analog inputs: unbalanced, balanced, CUE, Talkback mic
Digital inputs: 2x AES 3, 1 S/PDIF, 1 TOSLINK, ADAT (selectable in 4 pairs, or 2 pairs in SMUX),
USB Audio circuitry designed for completely transparent and musical playback performance
Asynchronous Class 2 USB playback supports up to 24 bit/192kHz
Mastering quality DAC circuitry with configurable de-emphasis filtering
I've used the Grace m905 Analogue since Fall 2016 as a straight line-level preamplifier to drive a pair of Meyer Sound Labs X-10T monitors with Meyer Sound X-400C subwoofers. I resisted for weeks, but now must admit that I prefer it to the "audiophile" line-stages I have that cost up to five times its price. And that's not even taking into account the brilliant interface, the real-time SPL meter and the fact that it doesn't weigh 30 kg! I can see on the horizon an upgrade to the full version?once I've liquidated those hi-fi preamps.
August 13, 2015
Fantastic sound, quality build, and well thought out features...
I considered a lot of different DAC/monitor controllers before deciding to give this one a try, and I couldn't be happier with the decision.
The features are very well thought out - love the remote's LED screen, and the ability to customize the input and output names. The x-feed feature for headphones to emulate how your ears hear the sound of speakers in a room has turned out to be a very useful thing, as well as the ability to solo each speaker, and the 'left minus right' mode. The unit is endlessly customizable and can be calibrated for any preference or set up. The optional infrared remote capability is fantastic, almost every function can be controlled remotely with a Logitech Harmony Smart remote (or the app and your smartphone) - including talkback activation. Well worth the extra cost if you're not always sitting next to the wired remote!
Obviously the most important thing here is how it sounds....and this thing sounds fantastic! The DAC is incredible - it doesn't seem to colour the sound in any way (as you would want when mixing or mastering), but is incredibly detailed and clear. The headphone amp is also top quality, and powerful enough for any type of headphones. The USB computer input is great for streaming high quality music from the computer, even streaming music from the internet sounds a LOT better - making it more useful for referencing when needed. I have yet to try the DSD streaming mode, but am definitely interested to hear the differences there. I also noticed an improvement in the sound of my turntable using the unbalanced input directly from my phono amp. I don't think anyone will have any complaints about the sound quality here. I've heard similarly priced units from Crane Song and Dangerous, this is easily on par with those.
Grace Design as a company have been very helpful with any inquiries I've had, and they stand behind their product with a transferable 5 year warranty....which to my knowledge none of the competitors have.
If you're in the market for a great sounding DAC/monitor controller, this unit is well worth your consideration. The positive reviews for the M905 drew me to it initially, and I'm very happy I decided to go this way!