Originally Posted by nattonrice
I think John posted somewhere about his impressions/comparison of the pico and buff32 un-balanced on a wa6se, maybe he could direct you to them.
more comparisons here.http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/mat...-6-dac-454630/
I haven’t had first hand experience comparing the Y2 to the Pico, but from all accounts that I’ve read and heard they seem very close. But I have compared the Pico to the Buffalo Sabre32 DAC through a W6SE, that’s were similarities end.
The Sabre32 has a lot more liveliness and is more revealing, the Pico in contrast is subdued and smoother – and glosses over. An example would be Tom Waits album, Mule Variations, Toms voice has had a good close shave with the Pico, with Buffalo Sabre32 he’s got his totally gruff warts and all vocals back. Acoustic guitar has more snap and attack via the Sabre32, and overall focus is tighter. I found dynamics were improved using the Sabre32, micro dynamics and subtle reflections were better rendered and resolved as well.
All in all I found the differences profound, the Buffalo Sabre32 DAC is a very worthy DAC no doubt about it, the Pico does nothing wrong it’s sound signature is very appealing but it has limitations – the Buffalo Sabre32 DAC lets you know just what those limitations are.