As for amp output this matters as well.
What firmware on the Pwd mkii ?
243 is the latest .
OK, tried the balanced cables in the Auralic stack - PHEW! My reference tracks now sounding like they should to my ears. Interestingly, switching between RCA and the balanced there is a difference, but not as profound as my listening the other night would have suggested. I think something hinky must have been going on the other night on the PC audio front...
I do have an additional problem though, in my DAC-off the very brief impressions I have of the PWD2 today suggest it is better sounding than the Vega, which wars with my aesthetic OCD which demands I choose the Vega. Just waiting for the Vega to warm back up to allowing the exact mode before I draw any particular conclusions there though.
Then you can have a listen to the BDA-2 i have at the moment to confuse things even more? :D
I had the Vega for a few months last year and as much as I loved its looks, I couldn't live with it. IMO it isn't a musical DAC. At least not in my setup at the time which was DNA Stratus headamp with HD800.
No particular problem with 'musicality', but then that tends to mean different things to different people and differs depending on the rest of the rig as you allude to. Early days, still forming opinions about the Vega and PWD2, enjoying the luxury of having both at home to try at my leisure :)
Don't know if this is old news or not (I'm about 100 pages away from being completely caught up on this thread-- woot WOOT!), but you can now get black Audeze vegan pads from the website. (Crappy cellphone) pics below (they are blacker than they look in the pics, but still not jet black or anything):
Very nice, sluker! Is it true that Sansui is short for "Sweet sensation?"
I gotta check Howard out this spring! Thanks for the virtual introduction, sluker.
- Team Sansui