Originally Posted by MrLA
i sold my paradisea(non-usb) to s1rrah. never thought that dac had him motivated about dacs that much...
paradisea was indeed a very special, musical dac. after running sony xa3 cdp for so many years, after i inserted a paradisea in the path...man, the nht 1.5 speakers had never sound so musical! the paradisea dac just blew the dac inside sony xa3es out of the water. i was indeed surprised...
previous dacs i had tried while paradisea was in my position were: bel canto dac2, benchmark dac1, lavry da10 and the venerable audio research dac5. all were great dacs...one i liked least among them was benchmark dac1, it was so analytical that it became a little edgy at times. from what i could remember, bel canto dac2 and paradisea excelled in drawing you into listening to music. if you want accuracy, as i perceived it, lavry dac10 and audio research dac5(this is a dac from '96) are it. neutral is the word. if u want a dac to seduce get a paradisea or bel canto dac2.
Yeah ... you didn't know you were starting something ... but you did.
Chaos theory at it's finest.
Anyway ... in light of your comments and so that other owners/potentials might be aware ...
The older Paradisea, which was liquid smooth and warm with it's OPA2604 and GE5670 tube (stock) ... can be totally transformed into a doubly resolving/detailed unit by simply adding the LM4562 OPAMP and a more resolving tube like the Bendix 2C51.
That's why I went with the newer version.
Though, as per my original comments, I thought the older version was, a bit more "sweet" and musical than the newer version (which ships with the LM4562).
That considered ... said newer version Paradisea can still be made to sound near identically seductive (your term and a good one) by simply swapping out the stock LM4562 for a OPA2604.
Furthermore, the socket allows you to try all other variants of OPAMPS; I've settled on a OPA2228 for the time being as it's the perfect combo of tube warmth and detail.
Regarding the earlier post of wanting more comparisons among similarly priced DACS...
Here's a bit I just read on Audiogon:"I have owned a Paradisea for several months now and am very pleased with it. Prefer it to a RAM modded BelCanto DAC2 and a Modwright modded CIA VDA1. A Monarchy 24/96 DIP improved the sound. I use plain old Blue Jeans digital cables on the Monarchy / Paradisea after having used DH Labs and VH Audio on the BelCanto. "
Happy listening, yo.