Just to write to you about the DAC I received today. Ran it through my system for 6 hrs before seriously listening to it. It is positively a very musical unit, with a wonderful balance throughout the range, rhythm and warmth without any harshness, and an extremely natural sound stage all that contribute to an experience that just beats all my other more expensive DACs hands down. This is after I changed the USB 2.0 to an oxygen free cable, and added a lead weight on top of the unit. Just a guess but I think that the solid wood housing also contributes to the warmth of the sound…which remains very engaging and non-fatiguing. In the past I have used other devices and stands in Chinese blackwood which provide the same warmth. I bought this unit initially more out of curiosity, but now can just sit back with a glass of wine, and just enjoy it and my music. Thanks. Jerry
Go ahead. Buy that other DAC.
Go ahead. Buy it.
I dare you.
In fact, I double dare you.
Oh it has 32 bit 384KHZ sampling, 100x oversampling, 140dB noise ratio, signal shaping technology and all those other fancy ways of trying to make it sound good.
It has all those specifications you’ve been chasing and waiting for so you can finally get that smooth dynamic sound you’ve been looking for.
But does it actually sound good ?
It is free of ‘harshness’ or ‘graininess’ that can make it irritating to listen to ?
Perhaps it’s too aggressive ?
Perhaps it becomes fatiguing to listen to after an hour or so.
Many of my DACs are 16 Bit 48.1KHZ sampling devices and yet in many cases they outperform and are much more listenable then DACs costing 10 times as much.
Smoothness is probably the hardest quality to attain in any listening device.
Whether it is a power amplifier, preamplifier, turn-table or heck even some tube amplifiers just arn’t smooth.
Especially with today’s computer generated PCBs and machine manufacturing.
Sometimes even the most advanced DACs just don’t sound that good.
My DACs are handmade, hand soldered and hand assembled.
No machines. No assembly lines.
Just one person making them one by one with care and passion.
I listen to all my DACs for several hours, sometimes days before I ship them.
Do I ever get tired of listening to them ?
No, because I make them sound as good as humanly possible.
It’s what I do.
It’s what I was born to do.