It's sad to see hotaudio forced to not be as present as before.
post #526 of 771
4/16/09 at 1:35am
Ok, so I've been running this thing through it's paces now for over a week and overall I've got to say it's a magical little box. I've nothing else to compare it to as far as external DACs go but it gives so much more clarity to the music than the onboard chips on my Macbook, Mini or my HTPC running the Mac OS. The HTPC is what is directly connected to the rest of my kit 90% of the time so most all testing and listening was done with this combo.
What do I hear? Well, much greater definition to the mids and highs in their soundstage. Cymbals, snare and upper octave piano lays have all improved. Dave mentioned that this is a "warm" sounding DAC and this was noticeable from the first time I plugged it in. I wasn't sure for awhile if I liked it - if it was coloring the sound in some way. It's got a good 200+ hours on it now, (I leave music streaming 24/7 sometimes) well into burn in and I've either fooled myself into thinking it's the best upgrade I've done to my system in years or it really is. The overt warmth was trimmed with some tube rolling on my pre unit and I'm happy with the results. The warmth isn't boomy in any way but a definite "thickening" of the lower frequencies, at the same time the detail in the base is very much more pronounced. Acoustic base is especially noticeable and even with difficult classical compositions where instruments can get lost there is noted improvement. Much better than my AMC or NAD players.