Originally Posted by Icarium
Jesus Christ... so I finally got home from my parents' house for Christmas and plugged the Pico into my Desktop.
...The resolution/clarity and impact are faultless. Alongside the previously reported ridiculously perfect soundstage... god. I am listening to Mouse on the Keys EP's track one (Piano and drums) and I'm hearing things like the piano player breathing and the slight hiss/thump of a person stepping on the piano's pedals.
Honestly I have yet to hear a DAC before this that solidly betters my overall enjoyment factor in my tubed Wavelength Cosine Dac (An older discontinued wavelength products that weighs in at $3,500 new when in production a year ago)... but the Pico definitely tops it in resolution/clarity/soundstage.
Not that I'm in a hurry to toss out the Wavelength. It's served me well and I enjoy it over the DAC1/Lavry/Apogee for its exceedingly wide soundstage (For a tubed dac), its fun tubed sound and its clarity/detail (Again despite being a tubed dac). Excellent piece of hardware... but the Pico definitely is more my flavor over all.
I was intending to use the Pico as an office rig source... but now I'm thinking about moving the wavelength there and using the Pico as an at home computer source...
This is some endorsement....You are talking about the DAC itself but the amp is also a giant in its own right, right?
Maybe you should tame this emotion because this type of reaction is usually taken wrong.
Find something wrong with it so that you can balance your enthuseism and make the other claims more acceptable. Like, the black is not black enough. The surface is too smooth. There should be a second unit that comes with this just to put in into to make it weight 30 pounds and large as a shoe box or two. The Pico is ASRC not SSRC, right?
Since I got my Xin Reference beta and heard the early beta Pico at the July meet I have said quality sound is coming down in price and size. What a perfect example.