I wanted to spin this off from the All DACs Sound the Same thread because I'm having a hard time justifying this in my mind.
In order for complex devices like DACs and Amps to sound the same, the components that make them up must also sound the same.
- Do all opamps sound the same?
- Do all transistors sound the same?
- Do opamps sound like transistors and vice versa?
- Does a Hybrid mosfet/opamp dac/amp sound like a mosfet dac/amp or an opamp dac/amp or do all three sound exactly the same?
- Do capacitors have a sound signature?
- Do all resistors sound the same? What about plugs, jacks, switches and volume pots? Do they all sound the same, regardless of manufacturer?
- Do premium parts sound different from el cheapo parts, or do all parts sound the same?
- Can power supplies affect the sound? Will a dac/amp fed from a switching PS sound the same as one fed from a linear PS?
- Does the transformer quality matter? Do all transformers sound the same?
- Do all dacs or amps filter power in the same way? Is clean power important?
- Does all casework and shielding sound the same?
- What about the boards the components are soldered to? Are some boards better than others? What about the layout on the board? Will that affect the sound?
The more I look at it, the more it seems impossible for things to sound the same. Some things may sound similar, but there are too many variables for everything to sound the same. What do you guys think?