The dacmagic is absolutely harsh. If there is any sibilance in the recording it's going to exaggerate it, but I also said my speakers were part of the issue.
Moving from a dacmagic to a Rega dac greatly reduced the sibilance produced by my speakers. Not until I moved to Focal speakers with Beryllium tweeters did the issue get under control.
When I moved from the Rega to the Yulong, things got even smoother in the top end but with way more body, punch and detail.
Making a generalization about all Sabre 32 DACs being weightless and harsh is just that a generalization.
The proof can be found here, if anything people dish the D18 for being too warm:
Edited by DrTone - 5/5/12 at 10:39am