Originally Posted by BournePerfect
the holographic soundstage was unreal
Yep, thanks to the two discrete clocks for 44.1/48kHz multiples and the very short I²S connection between the built-in U3 and the dual-mono DAC chips
I've recently tried a few other +$1K DAC's but they all lacked the holographic SS of the DP1 to my ears.......the DP1 might not have the most audiophoolistic opamps, the bassiest headamp, etc etc...but it would appear that jitter is so low that everything sounds so real, and personally movies off the DP1 using Reclock have always blown me away! It's like being in the center of the movie with everything happening all around me.
Ages ago on the Asus forum someone told me that jitter on the STX sounded like a kid singing through his middle teeth and I have to admit that this is exactly what those other DAC's I recently tried sounded like to me: just some nasty time based distortion between the two channels.....the worst example being "sweet dreams" from Eurythmics that sounded way different from how it does on the DP1, as if the two channels were way too delayed and quite frankly the stereo melody in the intro just didn't make any sense to my brain anymore
I really don't see the point for everyone to keep polishing the S/PDIF turd(and many DAC's use it internally being a cheap option to galvanic isolation) when I²S is a far more technically advanced protocol, but I guess as long as some ppl will be willing to pay +$1K for the S/PDIF crapola, there will be people to sell it.
The DP1 is expensive, yes it is! But it keeps selling because it just doesn't have (much) competition IMO. Once manufacturers will finally give up on S/PDIF and implement XMOS properly, things might change
I like backup plans, I like to have options but the DP1 might very well have hit the nail so hard on the head that any further investigations into the audiophool holy grail might end up being a sheer waste of my time.....until the DP2 is out at least ^^
PS: I'm always extremely impressed when the flute arrives in this tune(in remastered FLAC of course):
Edited by leeperry - 12/19/12 at 9:41pm