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post #16 of 114
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Originally Posted by akwok
Nope.. the D02 + 007t + 007 sounded very nice, and it was the best system I've had yet.
Oh ok, I remember you posted something about it having a lot of bass in your original thread. Burn in improved it or did you get used to it?
post #17 of 114
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Originally Posted by J-Pak
Oh ok, I remember you posted something about it having a lot of bass in your original thread. Burn in improved it or did you get used to it?
Burn-in, fit issues, charging issues,

Premature impressions on the OII, I guess.
post #18 of 114
Congrats, phil. Happy to hear that you feel very good with your new gear.
did they tax you anything? Hope we will be getting the next meeting soon

DA chip doesn't tell anything about sound quality, the circuit does.

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Originally Posted by elnero
Well my black D02 arrived yesterday, I picked it up at the post office on the way home from work. Unfortunately I had to go to my in-laws for supper so I didn't get to listen right away but I did open the box to get a look. Boy, this is one stunning piece of equipment, the case work is just incredible, pictures just don't do it justice. This is the type of case you would find on multi-kilobuck gear not something that sells in the $500 range. Another unfortunate occurence was customs opened the box and it appears they didn't repack it very well so the bottom back corners suffered some damage, nothing too serious just a bit disappointing.



When I finally got my new baby home and plugged in I was greeted with a sound that was different than I was expecting. Because it uses the same DAC chips as my Dialogue II I had figured they would sound very similar and yes, in some ways there's a resemblance but they seem quite different as well. The Dialogue II has an almost rich tube-like character in that it has a somewhat warm, smooth midrage and highs, bass has decent weight but is a bit round, detail is good but this DAC's strength is it's musicality. By contrast, and take this with a grain of salt because I've only listened for a couple of hours, I wouldn't characterize the D02 as either warm or cool, it gets the timbre of instruments right without overdoing it. Transparency and resolution are better. Highs are excellent but I haven't as yet got a handle on whether they're more extended than the Dialogue II, they definately seem even cleaner and clearer though. Bass on the D02 is pretty spectacular, tight well defined and deep with lots of weight. I did notice almost right away what others have mentioned regarding a somewhat narrow soundstage but I think it was starting to expand a bit after a few hours listening. Although the stage is narrower the D02 seems airier and instruments have more of their own space. The Dialogue II has a nice relaxing flow to music whereas the D02 seems lither, quicker on it's feet with better PRaT but PRaT might not be quite at the level I remember the MiniMax having.

Again, this only initial impressions and subject to change as I acclimate myself to the sound and the DAC itself burns in more but if my initial impressions hold or even improve I'll be one happy camper.
post #19 of 114
Wow...they look so right for each other. My wallet is having an erection.
post #20 of 114

Bloody customs

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Originally Posted by edisonwu
customs opened the box and it appears they didn't repack it very well so the bottom back corners suffered some damage, nothing too serious just a bit disappointing
I'd be getting right up customs' ***** if u was you. I'm sure there are means for restitution! Cos that's just p1ss poor.
post #21 of 114
Congrats on those D02's, that looks like an amazing source. What is the lead time if ordering from them? Will they have a US distributor soon? (Sorry if this info has been posted already in the long thread.)
post #22 of 114
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Originally Posted by nabwong
Wow...they look so right for each other. My wallet is having an erection.
My wallet is also getting aroused.
post #23 of 114
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Originally Posted by third_eye
Will they have a US distributor soon? (Sorry if this info has been posted already in the long thread.)
From what I've heard, RWA wanted to be StormDigital's U.S. distributor but SD turned them down. Basically you would have to pay a lot more money through a third party. Just wondering, but why a U.S. distributor and not directly through SD?
post #24 of 114
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Originally Posted by Veniogenesis
From what I've heard, RWA wanted to StormDigital's U.S. distributor but SD turned them down. Basically you would have to pay a lot more money through a third party. Just wondering, but why a U.S. distributor and not directly through SD?
Yeah, if I decided to get I would just go direct. I'm also wondering how much of an improvement it would be over the SB2's internal DAC.
post #25 of 114
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Originally Posted by third_eye
Yeah, if I decided to get I would just go direct. I'm also wondering how much of an improvement it would be over the SB2's internal DAC.
AFAIK big difference over the SB3's internal DAC. Completely different signature, however.
post #26 of 114
Posted some impressions (Zhaolu Vs. Storm Digital) here:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=179150
post #27 of 114
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Originally Posted by Comfy
Posted some impressions (Zhaolu Vs. Storm Digital) here:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=179150
Thanks for the impressions.
post #28 of 114
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Originally Posted by akwok
AFAIK big difference over the SB3's internal DAC. Completely different signature, however.
Could you elaborate a little as to the differences?
post #29 of 114
The Squeezebox's analog out does not seem to have as textured a bass, and seems sterile and lifeless in comparison.

Please refer to my Benchmark DAC-1 vs. D02 thread, as that's pretty much what I think of the Squeezebox 3 vs. D02 (with the Squeezebox 3 being less refined than the DAC-1 in my ears).

Anyways, was talking to one of the people who bought a D02.. check out his setup (and crappy room - messy, temporarily I suppose?).





Anyone recognise this stuff? The speakers are Wilson Audio Grand SLAMMs.

$400 DAC, with $100,000 speakers.. not to mention the other stuff!
post #30 of 114
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Originally Posted by akwok
Anyways, was talking to one of the people who bought a D02.. check out his setup (and crappy room - messy, temporarily I suppose?).

Anyone recognise this stuff? The speakers are Wilson Audio Grand SLAMMs.

$400 DAC, with $100,000 speakers.. not to mention the other stuff!
Look at the gears he has. Its no surprise he gets the D02 just for the sake of testing or owning it.

Drool over the Grand SLAMM though. The Alexandria suppose to be even better right?
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