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post #1636 of 3967

One last go at the W4S new line up:

 

DAC-2 $1500, same old same old

DAC-2 DSD $1600, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre

DAC-2 DSDse $2500, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre, boutique parts

 

Keeping in mind that the base models already had top shelf parts, the parts upgrade is truly boutique and not swapping out crap for good.

post #1637 of 3967
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

One last go at the W4S new line up:

 

DAC-2 $1500, same old same old

DAC-2 DSD $1600, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre

DAC-2 DSDse $2500, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre, boutique parts

 

Keeping in mind that the base models already had top shelf parts, the parts upgrade is truly boutique and not swapping out crap for good.

Seems to be an iffy 'upgrade' path. For the SE, that is. Boutique parts contributing to how much of a better sound, IF any...

 

New USB modules and galvanic isolation a nice plus.  DSD- whatever, not so much.

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

One last go at the W4S new line up:

 

DAC-2 $1500, same old same old

DAC-2 DSD $1600, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre

DAC-2 DSDse $2500, new usb module, dsd enabled sabre, boutique parts

 

Keeping in mind that the base models already had top shelf parts, the parts upgrade is truly boutique and not swapping out crap for good.

Exactly why I'm sticking with my DAC-2 as I really don't plan on DSD being in my future. I'd go back to vinyl first.

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Exactly why I'm sticking with my DAC-2 as I really don't plan on DSD being in my future. I'd go back to vinyl first.

Absolutely, DSD isn't worth the hype, not enough content to warrant the extra cost, and most of the DSD content that's available is mixed using PCM anyways

post #1640 of 3967

I am not concerned atm about DSD either. The DAC-2 USB upgrade was the big thing. I waffled about which upgrade and finally caved for full boat. It is very good so far.

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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

I am not concerned atm about DSD either. The DAC-2 USB upgrade was the big thing. I waffled about which upgrade and finally caved for full boat. It is very good so far.

Yeah I think it's nice to know it's capable of playing DSD, but I also would not say it's a must have ability which would determine which dac you buy

post #1642 of 3967

Hi guys, after looking and filtering through the thread (which derailed like crazy most of the time) the 2nd time over the last few days, I noticed the focus on the sound produced by the amp was actually quite limited. Looking to pair GS-X with HD800, I can gathered it is supposed to be a very fine/ great amp with fantastic transparency and dynamics and some will describe it as the amp not being there/ get out of way. I am thinking how about the other factors that affect the music that we are hearing like tonality, realism, soundstage, body of the voice, separation? To certain extend, it seems to me that the best thing about GS-X is that it does nothing, which I find it hard to understand why it is so good an amp, other than being highly transparent in that case. I guess this is still the best place to seek for a more comprehensive review/views as google an review on GS-X doesn't yield much.

post #1643 of 3967

If it really does 'nothing'-save $1500 and get an M8. That's the most transparent amp I've heard yet. Unfortunately-I didn't get to hear it with the Eximus feeding it. :(

 

-Daniel

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The people that are truly happiest with their gear tend to not really need to talk about it much other than 'it's what I like'. Those who are caught up in the headphone arms race are those who need to justify their reasoning for purchasing something and end up waxing lyrical about every nuance and detail. For me, the GS-X is just the one, no further discussion needed.
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

The people that are truly happiest with their gear tend to not really need to talk about it much other than 'it's what I like'. Those who are caught up in the headphone arms race are those who need to justify their reasoning for purchasing something and end up waxing lyrical about every nuance and detail. For me, the GS-X is just the one, no further discussion needed.

You even have your's yet??

 

-Daniel

post #1646 of 3967
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

The people that are truly happiest with their gear tend to not really need to talk about it much other than 'it's what I like'. Those who are caught up in the headphone arms race are those who need to justify their reasoning for purchasing something and end up waxing lyrical about every nuance and detail. For me, the GS-X is just the one, no further discussion needed.

Have you heard the DNA Stratrus before? I just wonder how it compares with GS-X, I don't think I read anyone who hear both amps before and compare them with HD800. Those from the DNA Stratus thread described them as such a magical pairing, which makes me wonder how much magical it is over/ below HD800 with GS-X.

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

The people that are truly happiest with their gear tend to not really need to talk about it much other than 'it's what I like'. Those who are caught up in the headphone arms race are those who need to justify their reasoning for purchasing something and end up waxing lyrical about every nuance and detail. For me, the GS-X is just the one, no further discussion needed.


I actually like when people share impressions of other gear, it gives you a better understanding of what you have and what you want. As good is the GSX is I still want to hear a different point of view


Edited by Gandah - 8/18/13 at 10:14pm
post #1648 of 3967
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

You even have your's yet??

-Daniel
No but I've heard the components together and it was just what I wanted.

from Austin 2013 impressions:
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Originally Posted by Maxvla 
X-Sabre - GS-X mk2 - HD800
Notes: Best in show, no doubt, IMO. Smoother still than the Glass, but somehow still detailed like the BHA-1. How is this possible...

Comments: My future setup. Loved it.

Edited by Maxvla - 8/18/13 at 10:24pm
post #1649 of 3967
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Originally Posted by froger View Post

Have you heard the DNA Stratrus before? I just wonder how it compares with GS-X, I don't think I read anyone who hear both amps before and compare them with HD800. Those from the DNA Stratus thread described them as such a magical pairing, which makes me wonder how much magical it is over/ below HD800 with GS-X.

I haven't heard any DNA amp, sorry.
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I actually like when people share impressions of other gear, it gives you a better understanding of what you have and what you want. As good is the GSX is I still want to hear a different point of view

I understand, but it does get to a point where it's exactly what you want and it becomes hard to even describe anymore. When I tried to describe to people what I thought of the Matrix X-Sabre, I had this problem. I've only heard the GS-X briefly with my DAC and headphones, but it was a similar situation and will probably be even worse when mine arrives.
post #1650 of 3967
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


I haven't heard any DNA amp, sorry.
I understand, but it does get to a point where it's exactly what you want and it becomes hard to even describe anymore. When I tried to describe to people what I thought of the Matrix X-Sabre, I had this problem. I've only heard the GS-X briefly with my DAC and headphones, but it was a similar situation and will probably be even worse when mine arrives.

Got a pic with your X-Sabre and BHA-1 together? That's gotta be lovely. Also-I woulda ordered an X-Sabre a while ago...but I need the optical input. GRR.

 

-Daniel

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