some first pics:
I've disabled the megabass and upsampling functions, the manual advises to only enable the latter(you can choose between 192 and 96kHz) for lossy audio....I'm currently listening to 24/88.2 digital SACD transcodes via bit-perfect ASIO, so it really doesn't do anything good to my ears
I might try it later on youtube or lossy audio, but this is really not my scope.
Anyway, I've heard my good share of high-end audiophile opamps and discrete designs....but this is really something else! My current benchmark is the SACD of Thriller, as much as I've never been a fan of MJ Steve Hoffman said that it was the closest he had ever heard to the master tapes and the SQ was too bright and really shrill when resampled to 96kHz via the adaptive Tenor chips, but this is a completely different ballpark. You're only as strong as your weakest link, and the higher you go up the food chain w/ audio, the more impossible it becomes to downgrade....as someone said "the higher you fly, the smaller the ppl who stayed on the floor look", I can certainly understand why my reseller left it to me on loan
All this said, the SS seems to have an infinite number of layers both in depth and width....and it can also do a narrow SS if you like, which is quite a challenge because a very expansive SS often ends up sounding like a mere "stadium reverb" DSP. Also, it never becomes hollow and each instrument is clearly audible in its own right, there's no "overlapping" as far as I can hear...to be honest, I'm discovering tiny bits I had never heard in songs I had already played hundred times on other gear.
I think I'm gonna have to do some major spring cleaning in my other gear, coz I don't see much chance of this unit going back at this point
Edited by leeperry - 11/4/12 at 8:06am