“Can one device be many things successfully? A monitor controller; USB interface; headphone amp; a stand-alone converter; the sole studio interface; or part of a larger signal chain?”
“The SPL Marc One is designed to do just this and has all the features necessary.”
You’ll find a review about our Monitoring And Recording Controller SPL Marc One at the legendary gearslutz (now Gearspace) website. Read the complete review online at gearslutz.com – here we provide a short summary.
“Everything one would expect and need if you already have preamps.
In general, the dials and switches are of good quality as is the finish. The monitoring modes: stereo, mono and right/left or left/right are useful.”
“Crossfeed is remarkably subtle (in a good way) and effective. The sonic mix qualities of the audio are unaffected but the perspective of listener to source is adjusted forward and backward. It doesn’t impact the tonal, dynamic or soundstage of the mix; more of a comfort reverb’ for the listener or more precisely, given that there is no reverb, ‘comfort adjustment’ in positioning in a still ambience.”
“Bright, clear, modern, high-definition but non-fatiguing (for long periods of use) and a reliable reference. The USB connection/ADDA converter is high-quality and offers multiple high sample-rate and DSD option.”
“The Marc One provides a clear, detailed, glossy/unharsh soundstage with great dynamics and enough resolution to hear detail.”
“I didn’t suffer any fatigue over longer headphone sessions or pick up on any annoying distortion – just cool, clear audio presented in a neutral way.”
“In the introduction I asked if one device can be many things successfully… the answer is yes. There is no compromise.”
“The Marc One can do everything in a simple, high-quality manner…”