MCDODO Beethoven

DAC Chip: Undisclosed
PCM: 24bit-96kHz , SNR: Undisclosed , Power: Undisclosed, USB Type-C Male, 3.5mm SE (Microphone: YES), Metal Chassis & OFC Cable


LISTENING EQUIPMENT USED IMPARTED HUGE INFLUENCE TO SOUND IMPRESSIONS & RATING


💚PROS

  • Neutral and natural balanced timbre, clean and coherent
  • Vibrant, well controlled dynamics
  • Smooth Treble, normal decays
  • Properly spaced Mids with neutral tonality, realistic vocals
  • Realistic, crisp edged percussions and guitars
  • Impactful, snappy Mid-Bass
  • Great speed and transients
  • Clean layers separation and imaging
  • Great soundstage, spacious staging
  • Tidy well positioned spatial imaging, commendably holographic
  • Plays well with Lo-Fi and poor sources
  • Great resistances to sibilance
  • Very clean background
  • Great Macro and Micro Details on technically competent IEMs/Buds/HPs
  • Maxed out at 90-100/100 driving FOSTEX T40RP, good fidelity

💔CONS

  • Weak driving power
  • Does not work with iOS
  • Occasionally lean sounding on some recordings

VERDICT

MCDODO Beethoven (CA-756). Technically competent DAC/Amp, with surprisingly good macro and micro details when paired with the likes of FOSTEX T40RP, Etymotic ER4SR and HZSOUND Heart Mirror.

As for driving power, it does need to be cranked all the way to over 90/100 to get for proper loudness on my T40RP 91db magnetic planar. It was pleasantly good sounding without any hint of timbre or dynamics stress/instability. Not exactly meaty like the top performers but it does not sound thin either. Very usable. Mid-Bass was impactful enough with fast responses, Sub-Bass with mildly audible presence.

Similarly on my Etymotic ER4SR, the synergy was great. I am especially happy with how spacious the soundstage is with holographic and tidy imaging. The technical aspect of MCDODO complements well with ER4SR – the sound being very transparent and neutrally balanced. Equally great with HZSOUND Heart Mirror….stellar in fact. Heart Mirror being more efficient to drive and with stronger dynamics. MCDODO provided very smooth and articulated drive with amazing speed.

I am also very pleased with MCDODO pairing to the Moondrop Aria. Very well balanced presentation and cleanly articulated Bass responses. MCDODO imparted audible technical competencies to Aria that enhances Macro and Micro details, amazing speed and transients.

Perhaps the biggest setback for this MCDODO is the weak driving power. But then that’s asking a lot for such a tiny device to drive demanding Magnetic Planars and Balanced Armatures. However, I am impressed still with it even pushed to the max with those stubborn devices.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ($8.00)

Best Pairing: Flexible, IEMs/Earbuds under 70Ω

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7 Comments

  1. i bought this and my PC repeats play/pause rapidly like crazy 😦

    i think TRS/TRRS problem may cause this.. did you have this problem too? (my earbuds is VE Monk+, it is TRS type.)

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