Musiland USB


(Update May 25, 2014): The drivers folder is now:

(Update Oct 10, 2012): I have obtained a new license key to “authorize” the Musiland 03 US to use driver version I received the new license key one day after I requested it. Also added some notes to the license update instructions.

(Update Sept 17, 2012): Do you get “License Invalid”?

The Musiland 03US I use was manufactured after the implementation of the “anti-piracy” license key thing. At that time it was advertised as something you had to do once for older hardware and never to have to do for newer hardware.

Not so. When I tried to update the driver to version (March 2012) and now to version (September 2012) I get a “license invalid” message and the device cannot operate. I requested and received a license that enabled the use I am currently in the process of requested a new license for

The procedure for requesting a license is straight forward and is documented below after the driver installation instructions. You just need a bit patience. If your device is working, the new version may or may not make any difference.

(Update Sept 15, 2012): A reader alerted me that there is a new folder for the Musiland drivers:

the latest driver is MlCyMon_2.4.0.0_build20120806.exe. The original driver folder is still operational as of this date and contains all previous drivers.

(Update Mar 30, 2012):

There is an update MlCyMon_2.3.0.0_build20120302.exe in the main driver folder. There is also a newer beta build MlCyMon_2.3.0.0_build20120413.exe in the beta folder.

Note: I needed to get an authorization key for my Musiland O3 (even though this device was produced after they implemented the authorization key anti-piracy feature)  before I was able to use this driver. See instructions below.

(Update Feb 13, 2012): Macintosh Beta driver available: [link] in the Beta folder. This driver gives “invalid license” message. Does not function.


(From the Musiland Forum)

1-      Close all applications that are using the Musiland device

2-      Quit the Musiland application/control panel (right click on the icon and “exit”)

2-      Uninstall driver (with the Musiland device plugged in) by using the Musiland uninstall program in the Musiland folder

3-      Unplug Musiland device. (To reset the device)

4-      Restart computer

5-      Install new driver

6-      Plug Musiland device

7-      Wait for Windows to complete installation of driver

8-      Reboot (recommended but I found not necessary)

Notes: “Device unplugged” message is “normal”. Normal means that I’ve never seen it being successful and drivers do work.

Successful install:


(From Musiland Forum)

An authorization process was implemented by Musiland a while ago (around 2010). This was done to prevent unauthorized use of the driver in potential clone implementations of the hardware.

Apparently (as of March/April 2012) a new authorization license has been introduced by Musiland in the newer release of the driver (version and up) preventing even recent hardware such as the Musiland 03 that I purchased on July of 2011 to work with the new driver. The official instructions do not say that a new authorization license but the large number of invalid authorization posts in the forums seem to indicate that this is new. I have tried many different “tricks” to install the the new software and the result is the same: “License invalid”

When the authorization is invalid, you will get a message on the control panel as shown in the following picture and the device will no pass any signal (no sound)

In order to get a new authorization “password” or “key”, these are the steps as documented in the official thread:

1- Properly install the new driver that gives you the message “License Invalid”

2- Download the authorization application from the utilities folder, unzip the two files

3- Run the MlCyMonUser application to generate a “License.dat” file. The License.dat file will be generated in the same folder where the application is located

4- Send an email to (the instructions says but this address seems inactive. This was the address used when they first implemented the authorization process) with the following information:

  • Device serial number (ML-XXXXXXXXXX) -Should be on a sticker on the device
  • Device model (e.g. Musiland 03 US)
  • License.dat as an attachment to the email
  • You may write “License Invalid” in the subject line

5- Wait for the return email containing the “License.key” file. For me I sent over on a Saturday and got the .key file on Monday. Put the .key file in the same folder as the MlCyMonProg application

6- Run the MlCyMonProg application (with the Musiland device connected, of course). You will see the following window:

7- Unplug the USB device for 10-20 seconds to reset the device (I reinstalled the driver instead, since I did not read this part of the instructions)

8- The “License Invalid” message should go away


  • If you try to update the license without a driver installed, the MlCyMonProg application will not run and will complain that a certain dll is missing
  • If you try to update the license with a driver that does not gives you a “license invalid” message, the MlCyMonProg application will run but will not do anything and give give you the message that your device is already authorized
  • As indicated in step 1 above, you must install the driver that gives you the “license invalid” message
  • Step 7 is important. After installing the new license key file, you must disconnect the device and reconnect the device in order to reset it


(Update Dec 28, 2011). Driver update: MlCyMon_2.2.0.0_build20111228.exe in the main driver folder.

(Update Oct 26, 2011). Another update: MlCyMon_2.1.0.0_build20111026.exe in the main driver folder.

(Update Oct 13 2011). Yet another update: MlCyMon_2.0.1.0_build20111013.exe in the  main driver folder.  All of these releases are “out of the beta folder” but they are still called beta releases.

(Update 10.8.11) Release version of driver: MlCyMon_2.0.1.0_build20111007.exe in the main folder

(Update 10.7.11) Release version of driver: MlCyMon_2.0.0.0_build20111007.exe in the main folder

(Update 8.10.11) New build of driver Fixes a hissing noise with 352,8Khz sample rate. (But I can’t get it to install due to “invalid license”)

(Update 7.27.11) Musiland released a major revision of the driver v. You can find it in the beta folder.

According to Musiland:

  • Supports all Musiland Monitor devices up to 192KHz and on the new Monitor 03 up to 32bit/384KHz
  • MU-BASS (BASS equalizer/enhancer) upgraded to MU-DSP allowing the selection of the  center frequency for 5 bands from 20 Hz to 20 KHz. This feature is available for the entire Musiland Monitor family
  • “The objective of this new drive is to enhance the sound quality. The new algorithm reduces the jitter with optimized timing”
  • The “sound card” or “hardware” volume control is now separate from the system volume. This leverages the FPGA in the Musiland for volume control. Think of it as “hardware volume”.  If you use ASIO, the system volume is bypassed and you can only use the “sound card” volume.
  • HDCD s/w decoding is still supported, but there is no indication in the control panel



Analog and Digital volume

Think of this as the Musiland device h/w volume control (as opposed to the volume control of the application, the device driver and the OS). If you do not have hardware volume control down the audio path (a volume knob in your amp), you adjust the volume here.

  • ANALOG controls the (digital) volume of the I2S signal (that feeds the DAC)
  • DIGITAL controls the (digital) volume of the spdif signal
    • SPDIF: enables SPDIF output
    • MULINK: enables MULINK output

Volume can be adjusted in 4 ways:

  • Dragging the slider
  • Clicking above or below the slider (changes 10 db)
  • Clicking the up/down arrows
  • Entering the volume level (negative number) in the box


This is the basic settings for the selected audio path. WAVE if you select WASAPI (the older Direct Sound, Waveout and KS are also supported through this panel) and ASIO if you use ASIO.

  • ANALOG/DIGITAL: turns on/off the hardware analog and digital paths in the Musiland device. The FPGA in the device has I2S data lines and a SPDIF data line. Turning ANALOG on will enable data through the I2S lines (and to the DAC). Turning DIGITAL on will enable data through the SPDIF line.
  • PAN: this is your basic LR balance control
  • DSP:  Clicking on “DSP” applies the equalization settings of MU-DSP section
  • M: Mute
  • Volume sliders: think of this as the s/w volume of the Musiland device. In addition to the application’s volume control, this is also a “session volume” control. In Windows, each application creates a separate audio session which, in shared mode, are mixed before the audio stream is sent to the sound card. (WASAPI exclusive mode and ASIO prevents other audio sessions from using the hardware and therefore there is no mixing). This volume is  additive to the application’s volume control (for example the iTunes volume control).

System Volume

In the old driver, ANALOG volume control was tied to the system/master volume control of the operating system. Here, SYSTEM VOLUME  is tied to the system/master volume control of the OS.  In Windows the final volume setting consist of adding the attenuation from the session (the application or “client”) volume and the system volume. The way it is done by the s/w is the same so it does not matter if you apply all the attenuation in one place or you apply a little here and a little there. However if your audio feeds an eventual volume control in hardware, it is best to leave all of these Windows volume controls at maximum setting.

Summary of Volume Settings

There are now 4 different places where you can adjust the volume:

  1. Application volume slider (for example the volume slider in iTunes)
  2. Musiland S/W volume slider (WAVE or ASIO panel)
  3. Operating system master volume (SYSTEM panel)
  4. Musiland H/W volume slider (ANALOG/DIGITLA panel)

#1, #2 and #3 use the same method of volume control (as provided by the operating system). The resultant volume is the combined effect of the 3 volume sliders. In theory (I think) it does not matter which slider(s) you adjust. In practice, you could leave them all at 100%

#4 is the H/W volume control of the Musiland device. According to Musiland, this volume control gives you the best results. Use this to adjust the volume if there are no other volume control in the audio chain.

Note: In Windows 7 volume control has been implemented as “high definition” volume control operating on a 32-bit floating point value. 32-bit float has a precision of 24 bits. It appears the Musiland device sends 32 bits to the DAC (through I2S). It could be argued that Musiland’s volume control operates on 32-bit (interger) and thus being superior than Windows’ 32-bit float operations. [I don’t have hard data to back this up, but the argument seems reasonable]


This panel tells the operating system what is the “preferred” Sample Rate of the device.  This sample rate will show up in the sound control panel like this:

If using WASAPI shared mode (e.g. using iTunes) then the “default” sample rate will be the rate used by the mixer to output the audio signal to the hardware. If the sample  rate of the audio file matches the default sample rate, then no sample rate conversion will be applied to the file. If the audio file sample rate does not match this default sample rate, then the file will be sample-converted to this default sample rate. The SRC engine used will be the Windows SRC.

Thus for practical purposes (as most of the music produced is 44.1Khz) you select 44.1Khz when using applications that only support WASAPI shared mode (e.g. iTunes)


Note: once you select the sample rate in the Musiland control panel, it is automatically assigned as the default sample rate for shared mode in the sound control panel. Thus it is not necessary to select/match the sample rate in the sound control panel. It happens automatically

If using WASAPI exclusive mode (e.g. using something like Music Bee, Foobar, etc), then the “default” setting in the sound control panel does not apply. The audio session is not shared with any other applications and no mixing is performed. The setting in the Musiland Sample Rate Selector does not matter either. The application sends the sound file in its native sample rate and that is the sample rate that is used throughout the data path all the way to the hardware. The following image shows (Music Bee -WASAPI exclusive) playing a 96KHz sound file. The second displayed sample rate is the actual sample rate delivered to the hardware

Summary of Sample Rate

  • If the application supports WASAPI exclusive mode: does not matter which setting to use in the sound control panel or the Musiland Sample Rate Selector. Sound data will always be bit-perfect
  • If the application only supports WASAPI shared mode: match the sample rate of the sound file in the Musiland Sample Rate Selector. This avoids sample rate conversion for bit-perfect play back



Here is a summary of a recent measurement report by SIMMCOMM

The following graphs compare the jitter measurement of the Musiland 01USD against the resolution limit of the AP SYS-2722. According to SIMMCOMM, the jitter value is less than 100ps for 44.1Khz

USB Transfer mode

The Musiland USB devices utilize the “bulk mode” for data transfer. The advantage of bulk transfer over Isochronous-asynchronous transter is the guaranteed nature of the data delivery. The advantage of Isochronous transfer over bulk is the guaranteed bandwidth; however if there is plenty of bandwidth available (for example, you are not maxing out the bandwidth of the USB connection by plugging in several devices), then guaranteed bandwidth is never an issue. More information: [link]

Clock Generation

The Musiland devices generate the sample rate clocks from a single 24Mhz oscillator that also feeds into the USB chip. The two clock families (22.5792MHz and 24.576MHz) are generated by the DCMs (digital clock managers) of the FPGA. More information: [link]


Using Foobar [link]


Mods that likely worked in cleaning up the unlocks experienced with BII DAC (I2S inputs and DPLL set at “LOWEST”)

  • Cap mods on the local supplies for the Musiland interface [link]
  • IL715 Isolator [link]
  • Ferrite on the USB cable
  • Shielding the DAC [link]. This is not related to modding the Musiland device, but resulted in a huge improvement in reducing the number of unlocks

Mods that very likely did not improve things [link]

  • Really short I2S wires (like cutting to 3″ from 12″ -after you cut the wires, no use lengthening them again :-))
  • Ferrite bead on the I2S bit clock wire (not used, seemed to be worse)
  • Night time use vs day time use (well, not a mod, but testing noise in the power grid)

Mod for I2S output [link]


User experiences

There is a user sharing his experience with respect to driver version. His test was conducted using the Musiland  02 US with small speakers (Musiland N66). His conclusion is (in order of preference).

  1. Windows 7 with driver version 1.0.12  <– BEST for Windows 7
  2. Windows XP-SP3 with driver version 1.0.9 <– BEST for Windows XP
  3. Windows XP-SP3 with driver version 1.0.12
  4. Windows 7 with driver version 1.0.9

Driver 1.0.13 and 1.0.14

I have been using 1.0.13 with no problems. One of the main improvements on the drivers have been stability of the s/w. With the current version, when you remove the Musiland and plug it back in, the driver loads immediately. With the older drivers, sometimes it would fail to load requiring a reboot.

Driver 1.0.14 which was developed for the 03US also works with the MINI (only in “fast” sample rate mode. If you set it to “precision mode, the player does not play). If you notice from the version numbers, only the ASIO component has been updated. The size of the installer is also much smaller than the previous version

All the device drivers can be found here or here and here [look for “MlCyMon…”]

Control panel tips

The options panel is the “Advance” tab as shown below:

  • SR Control Mode selects the precision of the sample rate clock generator [link]. Precision generates a clock rate closer to ideal (e.g., closer to 41,000 Hz). Fast generates a clock frequency that is not as close as ideal but still within the SPDIF specification. Fast allows faster manual switching of the sample rate.
  • SR Control selects the sample rate that will be generated to the DAC. Start by selecting 44.1KHz. (which is most of the music out there)
    • If you use an application that supports WASAPI exclusive (MusicBee, Foobar, etc), then this setting has no effect as the sample rate is determined by the source material through the application
    • If you use an application that does not support WASAPI exlcusive (e.g., iTunes), then the SR setting here will determine the sample rate generated and delivered to the DAC. Thus using iTunes to play music with different sample rates is very inconvenient: iTunes requires manual sample rate change in Quicktimes and then you have to match the sample rate in the Musiland SR Control panel
    • Note: there is no WASAPI in Windows XP. In Windows XP you will see an AUTO mode in the SR control section. With AUTO, Windows (Kmixer, ASIO, etc) selects the sample rate
  • MU-BASS is a bass booster application (definitely not HIFI) aimed at PC speakers. Do not use
  • ASIO Buffer…(Don’t have first hand experience)

Volume adjustment in control panel

Selecting the SPEAKER interface of the Musiland Device (above), allows volume adjustment as shown below:

  • Keep all sliders at 100% if possible.
  • Digital adjusts the output of SPDIF interface
  • Analog adjusts the output to the I2S interface. This the same as the computer’s volume level (system-wide volume control).
  • WDM is “Windows Driver Model. Refers to Windows built-in device drivers for audio such as Direct Sound and WASAPI. Volume control here is additive to the volume control in “Analog”. Windows exports several ways to adjust volume and it can get complicated. Thus it is better to keep this slider at 100% at all times.
  • Disable the output that is not in use (green buttons). According to the Musiland “knowledge” forum section, this reduces interference and noise: If using SPDIF, disable the analog button; if using I2S, disable the digital button

Volume control when using digital output

Selecting Musiland SPDIF in the Sound Control Panel

Selecting the SDPIF interface of the Musiland Device, bypasses all volume control adjustments and on/off buttons in the Musiland Device  as shown in the image below. None of the sliders will be active. The only indication is the source of the signal. In this example, the WDM lights is lit indicating that it is using a Windows built-in device drivers for audio such as Direct Sound and WASAPI

  1. Anonymous
    June 29, 2011 at 22:20

    This was really helpful, thanks

  2. Spookygonk
    August 15, 2011 at 17:57

    Yeah, many thanks for this (even though my MM 02 RCA outputs seem to have failed).

  3. September 21, 2011 at 00:18

    Hi! Thanks for the post It’s seems professional, but unfortunately I’m not one…….! I don’t know, if there any way you could help me, since I have no idea, how to use my Musiland 01 usb device. I have the Cambridge Audio 840 cd player, which has two digital inputs, both electrical and optical as well. I have my laptop also with windows vista, Honestly I don’t have any idea why I can;t get any signal of my Musiland. Please help me, if you have time. Thanks, Tibor

  4. BlogGeanDo
    September 21, 2011 at 00:50


    1- Select the spdif audio device (in the windows sound control panel) and make it the default device
    2- While in the spdif audio device, double click it and make sure the volume is 100%
    3- In the Musiland control panel, make sure “digital” is not muted

    what exact model and musiland driver version are you using?

  5. September 21, 2011 at 07:49

    Thanks, but I have done all of these. I use the same(beta) as was mentioned at the top of this page. Let me ask you something. If everything would be right, could I listen any music from internet radio, or cd, or any media without convert it to any other form of data? Sorry for my English. Anyway, I got the beta version from this site, since the driver on the cd which came with didn’t work at all. I understand this is not a “plug an play” device, but I thought to be easier.:-) Maybe I should connect with someone by Team viewer 4, so could do without explain it to me:-) Thanks.

  6. September 21, 2011 at 15:33

    For some reason the asio doesn’t work but the wave is perfect now. Thanks!!!:-)

  7. Anonymous
    October 27, 2011 at 17:48

    another new driver to build 26 (very slow to download from the States)

  8. PawQ
    February 5, 2012 at 16:56

    ASIO and WAVE works perfect now with “MlCyMon_2.2.0.0_build20111228” driver and up to 384kHz S.R. 😉

  9. Alex
    April 4, 2012 at 15:17

    Got any news concerning driver update Tried to register to musiland forum with no sucess…

    • BlogGeanDo
      April 4, 2012 at 16:32

      No news yet. Apparently the problem happens with earlier manufactured Musiland devices even though they were manufactured after they implemented the security feature. Some people have no problems at all.

      No one has reported what are the enhancements of the new driver.

  10. Egidio
    April 21, 2012 at 06:40

    I installed the MlCyMon_2.3.0.0_build20120413 beta driver, but I came back to MlCyMon_2.3.0.0_build20120302, because the sound was too dry in my opinion with my Monitor 03 US (RCA out), SMSL SA-S3 ampli, ProAc Minitowers speakers.
    I use foobar2000 WASAPI on a Windows 7 sp.1 64bit PC and the Monitor 03 US is conneccted trough a USB 3.0.
    I listened to 24-bit 88KHz music and I prefer the MlCyMon_2.3.0.0_build20120302 sound; maybe it’s just a matter of taste or maybe “beta” impressions …


    • BlogGeanDo
      April 23, 2012 at 12:19


      Thanks for sharing your impressions. I take the I2S out from the Musiland, thus bypassing the DAC and analog section. Thus, I don’t quite hear any differences between drivers. On the other hand, users in the Musiland forum do share different sound between the drivers.

  11. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 16:01

    Just purchased a new Dragon 02 – I had no issues in updating the build. It looks like the software delivered with the newer units (mine arrived 05/18), don’t seem to have the license issue.

    • BlogGeanDo
      May 22, 2012 at 21:51

      Yes, newer devices should not require updating the licensing.

  12. Fabi
    August 15, 2012 at 18:39


    Ive been busy fighting/installing this “DRAGON” for hours before I found this thread.
    Still not working, but thanks to this thread I am close

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2012 at 20:18

      I’ve install 4 different MUSILANDs on three different computers with absolutely no issues, other then a defect unit out of the box, that they replaced for free – no questions asked.

      I installed a Musiland Monitor 01, 03 USD, 02 Dragon, 03 Dragon. On my Windows 7 system I was even able to run two units at once The 03 USD and 03 Dragon, with no issues (the driver software is compatible with all their units it appears). They both appear in both the Jplay options or using just Foobar the Output option. I can move from one to the other easily.
      The 03 Dragon even accepts DxD files (24/354K) and output the analog nicely. It sounds great! I’m completing my review of all the unit.

      What do you need the manual for? The Musiland Dashboard is pretty self explanatory.

      • BlogGeanDo
        August 16, 2012 at 22:12

        I agree with above. In fact the latest drivers are very robust with respect to installation. Just follow the instructions at the beginning of this post and you should have no problems.

  13. Fabi
    August 18, 2012 at 11:28

    3 days later……( Mold 02 worked 2 years on this usb connection )…..connected the DRAGON to another usb connection on my 4 year old HP laptop ….guess what…it works…installation went smooth I can open the musiland control panel, see musiland back in foobar “device”….
    One little problem remains… LICENSE INVALID….and its Saturday …so have to be patient till Monday at least…..

    The instruction
    Device serial number (ML-XXXXXXXXXX) -Should be on a sticker on the device ( OK )
    Device model (e.g. Musiland 03 US) ( OK )
    License.dat as an attachment to the email ( NOT OK )
    You may write “License Invalid” in the subject line ( OK )

    If I attach ( copy) the license DAT to the email

    I can not send it.

    With the snippingtool I made a visual copy

    Does this work perhaps ?


    I am a simple music lover not a computer nerd.

    I miss my music

    • BlogGeanDo
      August 18, 2012 at 18:06

      Hello, you must send the license.dat file. Do you know why you cannot send the attachment?

  14. Fabi
    August 19, 2012 at 06:38

    No I have no idea why…just a google message showing up, can not send
    I was probable too messed up not being able to install those drivers…..

    Saturday evening 8 o’clock I had an answer from musiland, could one way or the other send that email with the attached DAT file and within the hour I had the key and I could ….finally….listen to music
    ( thanks a lot for your help Musiland employee to do that on your Saturday evening…)

    I know now what went wrong installing
    My HP laptop ( vista ) has a problem with its usb’s .
    ( According to the mail I received from a friend more vista laptops have this problem )

    I used the usb connection were my old MM 02 worked on for 2 years without any problem.
    I was not able to install the dragon using this usb.

    I didnt find musiland back in the components from foobar and couldnt open the musiland control panel.
    After fighting for 3 days I just connected the Dragon to another usb and the job was done in 5 minutes

    Anyway, after fighting for days the Dragon was tamed and I could FINALLY listen to MUSIC

    It needs some burning in and it sounds a bit raw, but its very promising.
    Lots of tiny musical details are audible already and a beautiful wide and deep soundscape and even in ASIO very stable no hick ups, no nothing just music.

    Thats where this device is about.
    So please Musiland
    An English manual next time

    • BlogGeanDo
      August 19, 2012 at 23:57

      Good to hear. Vista is a horrible OS. A lot of businesses skipped Vista and migrated from XP to Windows 7. The most updated information is propagated through the Musiland Forum which is in Chinese. You can use google translate; that is what I do.

  15. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012 at 13:48

    An head-fi user signal a new driver update:
    The driver is called MlCyMon_2.4.0.0_build20120806.exe and you can download it here: (it doesn’t appear in the usual driver page
    Thanks for your page!

    • BlogGeanDo
      September 16, 2012 at 13:54

      Hello, thanks for the tip. I did not notice from the text that the download page had changed for the new drivers until another reader indicated so. Thanks again. I’ve updated the page.

  16. QwertyBoy
    September 13, 2012 at 08:47

    Last driver MlCyMon_2.4.0.0 gave me the opportunity to use my 02 US Dragon on USB 3.0. To All: Does it make sense to change my 02 US Dragon to 03 US Dragon?

    • Sam5050
      September 13, 2012 at 14:40

      The sound of the 03 US Dragon is better and definitely worth the price to upgrade, if you’re using it as a DAC. In fact, it is THE screaming bargain in Hi-End audio today (I’m always looking outstanding Hi-End audio at consumer prices), the other being the incredible Bada 3.3 Purer Class A Hybrid Amp.

      I’m finishing an extensive review of all the new Musiland interfaces. The 03 Dragon as a DAC has a more refined, more dynamic presentation. The 03 excels over the 02 by leaps. In fact, it has become my reference DAC when playing Very Hi-Res L2 files (352K naive) and my archived LPs(176k and 192K) in Foobar (with the SOX set to 2X upsampling). Although I usually prefer my tube DACs, for a solid state unit it really sounds good. Liquid, musical, dynamic (not quite on a par with the tube units), good sound stage (again the tube units excel here). But when running at 352K or 384k it is very close in sound to the same files running at 176k or 192k through the 03 Monitor/tube DAC.

      I’m running my 03 Dragon and Monitor on USB 2.0 using a AQVOX linear PS. The 02 has the advantage of a separate PS input, which I’m using a Acopian linear PS.

      I just wish it the 03 Dragon had a spdif digital output like the 02 Dragon. I have not tested the Toslink or Musilink outputs (hate Toslink too limited and have no Musilink/Spdif converter – is there one?).

      A suggestion to Musiland – on the 03 Dragon ditch the Toslink and put in a Spdif (either RCA of BNC) digital out.

      Right now I have the Monitor 03 running as my interface to my tube DACs and the 03 Dragon as a separate DAC. This necessitates having to have an additional high end USB 2.0 cable (using the excellent Cardas now) and another AQVOX PS.

      I have not had a chance to compare the headphone output on the two Dragons.
      I do like the “analog” volume knob, which controls the headphone output on the 02 Dragon, so I’m using mine for travel. It’s just more convenient to adjust then opening the screen.

      • BlogGeanDo
        September 13, 2012 at 16:02

        Thanks for the mini-review. Will be looking forward for your full review. I don’t know where will you publish your review, but you are welcome to use this space (the blog). The 03 Dragon updated the output opamp vs the regular 03. I do agree that if you use it as a DAC it is one of the best bargains out there.

      • QwertyBoy
        September 14, 2012 at 06:28

        I use my 02 US Dragon as USB 3.0 -> SPDIF converter from my nettop Zotac ZBOX ID80, to my reciever Pioneer Susano. But also i use it with my AKG K240MKII. In such case of using, be the 03 US Dragon far better then my 02 US Dragon?

  17. Sam5050
    September 14, 2012 at 02:49

    I will leave the full review – it has take awhile, do to some other projects and the many variable to sift through. My comparison of the Monito 03 and Dragon 03 will be against the M2Tech EVO with the Acopian linear PS. So far initial listening (after 250 hours break in on the 03 Monitor) is very promising – I would call the Monitor 03 a dead heat with the EVO. Each a little different. That is another reason the review is taking so long – I want to really nail the subtle differences.

    I also had some initial issues getting my SOtM tX-USB card to work on my main system (Windows Vista unfortunately)

    I would like to crack open all the boxes and post the pictures – is there an upload link?

    • BlogGeanDo
      September 14, 2012 at 14:07

      Sam5050, thanks.
      There is no uplink in wordpress, but you can use email to send them: hifiduino *a*t* yahoo

      • Sam5050
        September 14, 2012 at 14:33

        Hi BlogGeanl,
        I’ll be glad to e-mail the pics to you then. You do a great job organizing the posts!

  18. Sam5050
    September 14, 2012 at 14:31


    Well since the Dragon 03 has no SPDIF digital output, you can not use it as a PC interface like the Dragon 02.

    The Dragon 03 does seem to sound better on headphones – but I have yet had tie to do a full evaluation. With head phones a lot can depend on the phones impedance, so I use my Senn HD800 and a pair of Sony noise-cancelers. I will do this after nailing down the 03 monitor vs EVO duel.

  19. QwertyBoy
    September 14, 2012 at 16:39

    Sam5050 :
    Well since the Dragon 03 has no SPDIF digital output, you can not use it as a PC interface like the Dragon 02.

    ??? Are you sure that Musiland Monitor 03 US Dragon has no SPDIF output???

  20. Sam5050
    September 14, 2012 at 17:07

    Well you may be confusing the 03 Dragon with the 03 Monitor USD. They are different units. The 03 Monitor USD has no analog outs.

    The 03 Dragon has Toslink (optical) and MuLink digital outputs – no SPDIF unfortunately.
    I have them sitting right next to me. But you can check the pictures out for yourself on E-bay.

  21. QwertyBoy
    September 14, 2012 at 17:12

    Sam5050 :
    The 03 Dragon has Toslink (optical) and MuLink digital outputs – no SPDIF unfortunately.
    I have them sitting right next to me. But you can check the pictures out for yourself on E-bay.

    optical and coaxial are the same – S/PDIF :):):)

    • Sam5050
      September 14, 2012 at 20:14


      Well yes both are considered SPDIF, but they are not the same. Electro/optical converters typically used in Toslink are inferior, as least as far as sound is concerned – in my somewhat broad experience is concerned. Which is strange, considering the inherent galvanic isolation with optical. I never heard or read a review where a DAC sounded better
      fed from it’s Toslink input.

      The issue of bandwidth is also important – it seems many interfaces are limited to 96K on the optical while doing 192k easily on the RCA/BNC.

      When I said S/PDIF I was of course referring to RCA/BNC – sorry for the confusion;-)

  22. BlogGeanDo
    September 14, 2012 at 17:53

    On paper, the 03 Dragon has better spec’ed DAC, better spec’ed I/V opamp (the 02 Dragon has a voltage out DAC, thus no need for an output I/V conversion opamp), Same headphone amp, But better power regulation for the head amp. But lets wait for Sam’s review…

  23. Anonymous
    September 16, 2012 at 10:31

    Musiland has changed the download location. Now it is @ and the latest driver is already @ MlCyMon_2.4.0.0_build20120806.exe

    • BlogGeanDo
      September 16, 2012 at 13:52

      Thanks for the tip. I’ve updated the page with the new link.

  24. Anonymous
    September 19, 2012 at 17:30

    Which driver produces better sound: asio or wasapi?

    • BlogGeanDo
      September 19, 2012 at 20:37

      No Idea. I use Wasapi in Windows 7 because it is native to the operating system

    • Sam5050
      September 20, 2012 at 15:08

      I’ve had good success with Kernel Streaming, followed by the Musiland ASIO. I don’t use WASAPI as I’m trying to avoid the windows audio stack completely (I don’t remember if that was “fixed” in 7).

      Both are working quite well with Foobar and the SOX upsampler (best one I have found and FREE) – allowing settings to be adjusted on the fly, with no hick-ups (Win 7 and Vista 64). Both sound great – with the edge to KS (a bit more dynamic and a touch less veiled). And both complete bypass Windows native audio processing (which can really make a mess of things).

      Have not had a chance to really play with the latency settings in ASIO to listen for differences. Running 260ms now with no skipping, noise or latency issues – even on the really large high res files.

      My biggest debate is with JPLAY – not very user friendly – that’s for sure. It uses the PC RAM as an audio RAM buffer – so creates issues with my large Hi Res files (even with 8GB). JPLAY won’t play until the entire audio file is loaded into memory – then it shuts down the hard drive.

      JPLAY takes the KS concept a step further in completely taking over memory, disc and system app functions. This can cause long latency issues and system crashes. Theoretically it is the purest available. On a Vista machine it’s almost impossible to run without lockups, in my experience.

      It does sound good – but so does Foobar with the SOX upsampler on 44K files. They are very close. The Foobar/SOX is so much easier to use and is rock solid and FREE.

      As my 12,000 song collection is mostly in Redbook, this is a huge advantage.
      Using SOX, I upsample to 176k, with the settings on High bit rate, linear filtering (50%), 95% Passband, and allow aliasing. The sound is much better then running without upsampling. This has been the case in every DAC I have tried it with. The most notable difference, the sound is much more musical, with better dynamics and greater detail.

      This is something I have been closely examining for years – since I built my first server in 2006. There are other free upsamplers out there as well.

      And the sound seems to improve even when using DACs with their own built in chip based upsampling. My thinking is the upsampling uses interpolation to smooth the step function nature of 16/44 digital sampling. It does not do much on my 176k or 192k hi res files – they sound the same!

      Anyone use 8 yet – I’m about to make the plunge on my Vista 64 sever ( would really like to wait for SP1 first!). Still researching the compatibility with Foobar, SOX, Musiland Drivers, etc…

      Sorry for the long post:)

  25. Alex
    September 24, 2012 at 21:22

    I’ve a problem with Musiland 03 US. I’ve change the USB port and now foobar don’t work with ASIO. Appears this message “Unrecoverable playback error: Could not initialize the driver”.
    I have uninstalled and reinstalled several times, but I can not make it work. Before the device was displayed Musiland US 03 [0003] Now [0002].
    How can I do?

      September 24, 2012 at 22:34

      You could have a corrupted asio.dll file in foobar, it has the name foo_out_asio.dll. Try downloading a new copy in the components directory.
      Be sure to close Foobar and reopen after installing it

      Check to see that Musiland Monitor Series USB shows in the ASIO Virtual Devices window in Foobar under Preferences – Playback – Output. And of course check to see ASIO: MUSILAND Monitor Series is selected in the Output – Device selection window.

    • BlogGeanDo
      September 24, 2012 at 23:45

      Also, did you follow the installation procedure listed at the beginning of the page?: The 002, 003 don’t really matter

  26. Alex
    September 27, 2012 at 18:17

    BlogGeanDo :
    Also, did you follow the installation procedure listed at the beginning of the page?: The 002, 003 don’t really matter

    I’ve tried to follow the guide, but does not work. Appears the same error message.

  27. QwertyBoy
    November 2, 2012 at 12:54
    • BlogGeanDo
      November 2, 2012 at 15:33

      Thanks. I have been using but I needed a new license… Somehow I missed this version…

    • Alex
      November 3, 2012 at 19:16

      Thanks. Finally Asio with foobar works!

      • BlogGeanDo
        November 6, 2012 at 04:21

        Actually, the latest driver was to fix an ASIO problem. Even though the driver file name says build20120822, it was just recently released

  28. alp
    November 8, 2012 at 18:49

    … just curious if 2012 musilands can support dsd through it’s asio driver? there’s a foobar input sacd plug-in which can play dsd of sacd iso flawlessly! just can’t check myself using the old version of musiland 02 us..

    • BlogGeanDo
      November 8, 2012 at 19:25

      I have no idea. But probably not because the on-board DACs do not support DSD. I might try it on my Musiland when I get a chance (with the I2S output)…. I have foobar playing DSD through the Amanero….

  29. BentMike
    November 16, 2012 at 16:32

    Cure for License key invalid with regard to Musiland drivers for Musiland Monitor 01 USD.

    I had an occurrence of “license key invalid” which I solved by uninstalling the driver, looking through the Windows registry (using the regedit facility) and deleting a reference to MUSILAND in HKEY_CURRENT_USER that was persisting even after the uninstallation. (You may want to set a restore point before messing with this stuff.)

    Then when I reinstalled from the CD I was able to get the driver running with the “license key invalid” no longer showing in the dashboard window. All seems to be working well. Oddly when letting the Musiland wizard run I got a complaint that escalation was needed, whatever that means, but I went directly to the driver folder and ran Setup.exe directly.

    I am sorry, I do not know which version of the drivers are on the CD or how to find out. There is a windows installer file, but nowhere do I see the driver software itself. The CD came with my Monitor 01 USD and so I use it.

    I cannot explain why the problem occurred in the first place. I was not changing drivers, or anything. One day it worked, and the next it did not.

    I was worried about manually editing the registry and was surprised that it worked. I don’t actually know much about these inner workings of Windows (I am running W7). It seemed logical to me that if I had uninstalled Musiland drivers that there should be no entries, so I got rid of them.

    Do that stuff at your own risk, I don’t claim to know much about it. It is black magic to me. Be forewarned if you try it. Maybe I was just lucky.

    • BlgGear
      November 16, 2012 at 22:27

      Very interesting. Although the license update process seems to indicate that it is the device that it is being updated. This could be a workaround. Thanks for sharing

  30. MetalMaster
    November 25, 2012 at 20:02

    Musiland’s support sucks. Since a week ago I’ve been trying to get an activation key via email (following all the instructions), however, without success. I’ve sent emails to both emails listed. I even sent an email in Chinese (Google translate). Absolutely nothing in return. This is for the new Monitor 02 US Dragon that I just purchased. I have an older Monitor 01 USD that works just fine and didn’t require any activation. Any advice?

    • BlgGear
      November 25, 2012 at 22:52

      I usually don’t write anything except “license invalid” in the subject and body and attach the required file. Usually I get a response within a day or two

  31. MetalMaster
    November 27, 2012 at 20:48

    Yeah. Thanks. Finally got it: took 9 days. The person who sent me the key claimed that their initial email got blocked by my Yahoo account. I’m glad that now I can enjoy my new toy. Sounds great via analog. The built-in headphones amp is not bad either (good for travel). I’ve configured my f2k for proper dsd/dsdiff playback, and although down-sampled/converted to pcm, I had a blast last night listening to dsd (mostly Blue Coast and 2L) stuff at 32Bit/352.8kHz. Awesome. Better then my old Monitor 01 USD. 😉

  32. Egidio
    November 28, 2012 at 19:41

    Latest (2012-11-02) Monitor 01 MINI, Monitor 01 US, Monitor 01 USD, Monitor 02 US, Monitor 03 US, Monitor 03 USD, Monitor 03 US Dragon, Monitor 02 US Dragon drivers :


    • Alex
      November 28, 2012 at 21:42

      Grazie, ma sono uscito già da qualche settimana.

  33. kuota6
    February 6, 2013 at 11:39

    I have been using the Musiland Mac driver for a couple of months and after the initial problems with firmware issues with my 01USD, 01USD 2012 and 02Dragon I finally got the Dragon to work perfectly except that the mulink. Option is very noisy.The front end used is a MacBook 4gb of ram with western digital external drive ,FireWire connected and Audirvana .Both of the 01USD I have never managed to get working.

    • BlgGear
      February 6, 2013 at 15:44

      You are the first person I know that got the Mac driver working. Congrats!.. Regarding the Mulink, are you using it to drive a Musiland external DAC?

  34. kuota6
    February 6, 2013 at 19:59

    Yes I am using a md 11 (another underrated Musiland product).That is the only problem because I had excellent results using mulink in a c play system.

  35. alp
    February 20, 2013 at 21:40

    hi all,
    in my setup (headless audio pc) when using musiland on remote desktop (windows 8 standard rdt) the device work but the musiland control panel doesn’t appear in notification area, so I can’t do any adjustments until I plug it to client pc directly – then it’s visible. Has someone experienced the same prob? Would appreciate possible solution.

  36. Anonymous
    June 23, 2013 at 03:48

    New Beta Musiland US Dragon 02 Driver posted 06/21/2013 @ Woo Hoo!!!!!

    • alp
      June 27, 2013 at 08:28

      If somebody tested this new beta driver please post your impressions,

  37. Egidio
    June 28, 2013 at 21:52

    Just installed and then removed, because it was impossible to have 32bit 384KHz. Max res was 24bit 192KHz :-(.

    • Anonymous
      July 4, 2013 at 05:37

      I use Foobar2000 V1.2.8 and cPlay media players. I have an external Musiland Monitor 02 US Dragon 32bit/384khz DAC that upconverts and upsamples to 32bit/384khz. However, Foobar upconverts and upsamples to 32/384 as well Cplay presamples to 32/192. I find all of the Musiland Drivers, beta as well, have worked very well for me, including Beta And a new driver was posted on 062513 and it works well also to 32/384 at . So…

  38. Egidio
    July 2, 2013 at 19:36

    Re-installed V. works as is should. I listen DSDIFF 2.8MHz 1 bit traces with AudioGate at 384KHz 32 bit ;-).

    • BlgGear
      July 3, 2013 at 06:24

      If I remember correctly, Audiogate coverts DSD to PCM.

  39. Anonymous
    July 3, 2013 at 09:10

    Maybe … I really don’t know, but I can see for the first time, on Musiland control panel, that my Musiland Monitor 03 US works at 384KHz – 32 bit. I bought a complete Direct Stream Digital album from Channel Classic Records (Metamorphosis, The Hours – Philip Glass from Lavinia Meijer’s harp): a delight for my spirit and my ears :-).

  40. Egidio
    July 7, 2013 at 19:59

    Anonymous :
    Maybe … I really don’t know, but I can see for the first time, on Musiland control panel, that my Musiland Monitor 03 US works at 384KHz – 32 bit. I bought a complete Direct Stream Digital album from Channel Classic Records (Metamorphosis, The Hours – Philip Glass from Lavinia Meijer’s harp): a delight for my spirit and my ears .

    This is a post of mine, but I forget to log in, sorry.

  41. Egidio
    July 12, 2013 at 09:24

    The update I have installed was the built 20130625 …
    I use foobar2000 too, for wav and falc files. I installed the foobar2000 DSDIFF decoder, but I’ve seen that it decodes at 88KHz, while Audiogate decodes at 384 KHz.

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    July 23, 2013 at 15:23

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    You’d ask to Musiland, not here :-).

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  47. Terence Lee
    August 12, 2013 at 12:24

    Does anyone know how to get the headphone out to work.. analog out works fine but i get no headphone output

    • BlgGear
      August 12, 2013 at 22:14

      There is an option in the Musiland control panel to turn the headphone output on/off

  48. August 12, 2013 at 12:26

    Does anyone know how to get the headphone out to work.. analog out works fine but i get no headphone output send me a email at

  49. DC
    August 26, 2013 at 20:40

    I just got the Musiland Monitor 01 2012 edition. I installed the latest beta drivers I believe it is called “MlCyMon_2.4.1.1_build20130625”. However, when I play music on Pandora or Youtube, I don’t get any sound. Did I mess up the installation somehow? Can anyone help me out?

  50. DC
    August 26, 2013 at 23:00

    Ok. So I solved my no playback problem. Now I have another. The settings I make in Windows audio settings and the Musiland’s control software aren’t being saved. When I shut down or restart the computer my settings revert back to it’s default settings.

    • BlgGear
      August 27, 2013 at 17:04

      Try a “release” driver (not the beta one). Do a driver uninstall first.

  51. Miiksu
    August 27, 2013 at 17:19

    I can not upsample anymore youtube videos with those latest beta drivers. I have 03 Dragon.

  52. Egidio
    August 27, 2013 at 18:36

    My experience with this lates beta driver was bad too. Use the stable (“release”) one is also my tip. I have a Musiland Monitor 03 US.

  53. Miiksu
    August 27, 2013 at 18:47

    Egidio :
    My experience with this lates beta driver was bad too. Use the stable (“release”) one is also my tip. I have a Musiland Monitor 03 US.

    Yep. Actually I can not upsample anything anymore. And sound was a bit less aggressive or it was my mind toying with me.

  54. Egidio
    August 27, 2013 at 19:13

    This happens if you set the Sample Rate Selector more than 192KHz. Foobar2000 works anyway. Try 192KHz for Youtube, Windows and so on.

    • Miiksu
      August 27, 2013 at 19:19

      Egidio :
      This happens if you set the Sample Rate Selector more than 192KHz. Foobar2000 works anyway. Try 192KHz for Youtube, Windows and so on.

      352,8 and 384 is working fine with latest official driver. On browsers you had to use version of adobe flash and when using foobar and directsound you first set your sample rate to lower and start your song and then upsample it to maxinum. But I prefer WASAPI for foobar.

  55. Egidio
    August 27, 2013 at 19:22

    Miiksu :

    Egidio :
    This happens if you set the Sample Rate Selector more than 192KHz. Foobar2000 works anyway. Try 192KHz for Youtube, Windows and so on.

    352,8 and 384 is working fine with latest official driver. On browsers you had to use version of adobe flash and when using foobar and directsound you first set your sample rate to lower and start your song and then upsample it to maxinum. But I prefer WASAPI for foobar.

    I’ll try version of adobe flash: thanks for this tip.
    I already use WASAPI with foobar2000 :-).

  56. Egidio
    August 27, 2013 at 19:24

    I forget to say that I have W7 64bit … So, I don’t know if this version of adobe f.p. works on my PC …

  57. Egidio
    August 27, 2013 at 19:26

    I checked my actual version: 11.8.800.94

  58. Miiksu
    August 27, 2013 at 19:44

    If you use firefox you just have to remove newer and install older version of flash but if u use chrome you had to disable also newer plugins via chrome plugins menu. IE probably not working.

  59. Miiksu
    August 27, 2013 at 20:04

    Egidio :
    I forget to say that I have W7 64bit … So, I don’t know if this version of adobe f.p. works on my PC …

    It will work. It’s not that old. I have Windows 8. Also it works almost every game too.

  60. DC
    August 28, 2013 at 02:14

    I switched to a stable release drivers as per advice. But I’ve been hearing some crackling/popping sound from my speakers with both the beta drivers and the stable drivers. Does anyone else have this problem with their Monitor 01 2012 edition?

  61. Philippe
    October 22, 2013 at 08:50

    Sorry for the off topic, but anybody knows the correct 5 pin round connector to insert in the musiland mulink connector ?
    Thank you in advance,

  62. Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 at 21:12

    Anybody know why even after receiving a License Key I would still get “license invalide”?

  63. EzRush
    November 18, 2013 at 21:14

    Anybody know why even after receiving the license key from Musiland and updating it using the program provided I would still get “license Invalid”

  64. BlgGear
    November 22, 2013 at 00:54

    Try repeating the installation of the new license key. I have not see the problem with Windows, but I have seen the problem with MacOS

  65. Bergias
    November 25, 2013 at 21:01

    I would like have a driver for Monitor USD 01 for Windows System 7.

  66. Bergias
    November 25, 2013 at 21:47

    Yé! i found it!

  67. Allan
    December 6, 2013 at 09:19

    New Beta driver!! =)

    • BlgGear
      December 7, 2013 at 23:12

      Should be in support of their new interface: 06MX which is also a hi-res sd-card based player

  68. Miiksu
    December 6, 2013 at 22:53

    Woo nice. Testing =)

  69. Allan
    May 22, 2014 at 02:49

    I have 06 MX.
    Where can I update the firmware?

  70. Sam
    February 1, 2015 at 01:32

    I’m trying to install a musiland monitor 01 usd onto a windows xp system. Windows is warning me that the driver 1.0.9 (recommended for xp on this page) has not been “logo tested”, and could cause harm to the o.s. either now or in the future. Now obviously somebody did it… but is there an official version of this driver, made for xp? Thanks so much!

    • BlgGear
      February 1, 2015 at 02:35

      The new ones don’t work for XP? I don’t have an XP system anymore.

  71. Anonymous
    February 1, 2015 at 02:47

    Try with ASIO driver.

  72. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 15:49

    I have Musiland monitor 03 US and I am using the newly released Windows 10. The new OS doesn’t seem to support it. Anyone has solutions?

    • Egidio
      August 1, 2015 at 09:05

      I also am using Windows 10 (Home ediction) and my Musiland Monitor 03 US works without problems. The dirver version is

      • kazcou
        October 21, 2015 at 21:35

        The driver is compatible with windows 10, but the asio dll is not.
        If you don’t have the driver under the hand, you have to lauch the installer, recover the msi from temp directory, uncompress the msi with msiextractor or 7zip.
        Then you have to restart your computer, disable the digital signature check and install manualy the driver.

  73. s_bob
    August 16, 2015 at 11:24

    02 US Mark2 drivers was placed in 03 US Dragon thread, why? May be they are full compatible. Date of latest driver 07.2015.. It’s cool.

  74. heng
    September 20, 2015 at 18:43

    Anyone know whether Musiland Monitor 02 US is compatible with Windows 10??

  75. connor spiers
    January 22, 2016 at 22:42

    hello will a Musiland Monitor 01 US – USB DAC work with windows 8 with or without drivers thanks

    • BlgGear
      March 26, 2016 at 15:55

      All musiland devices need drivers…

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    Hey mang! Love your site.

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