Have a Clef on pre order and am eagerly waiting its arrival. I generally try and audition things before purchase, but since I own a Brooklyn + I decided to take a flier on this one and pre order without an audition. I do hope Tidal allows mobile MQA soon so that I can really maximize the fun factor of this device.
I will be straight forward in my assessment, although the Clef being a $300 device does figure in how high I set my expectations. I am confident Mytek has tuned this with the same ear as the other DACs in their lineup. I will mostly be using an iPhone X as the transport. I have the proper cable to run it USB, so I will get to compare the BT vs. USB implementation with the same source. I am also hoping that Tidal enables mobile MQA. I do have some MQA encoded files, but only with 3 albums and wouldn’t mind a bit more in that format. I have a vast number of headphones and a few IEMs, so my thoughts will be multifaceted and not just based on a limited amount of options. I have other portables, but nothing that would directly compare with the Clef.
Don’t expect anything immediately in terms of sound quality. Until I give this a fair workout I wont comment on anything but fit and finish and whether or not I have any firmware related issues. I am not a reviewer, nor do I want the responsibility that comes with making a suggestion. I am an avid fan of listening to music and have been since my teen years back in the 70’s. This hobby has given me joy and frustrated me to know end. So bear those things in mind if you choose to read my impressions