this whole hobby is very subjective, so we all have different taste, i wasn't thinking you were taking exception to what i was saying, i was just meaning, for me, compared to the wadia, i preferred the wadia, cpmpared to the wadia's headphone out, with my lcd's, the sound was flat, it wasn't dynamic, no slam ! lol, i actually went to emotiva, i live a little over an hour away from there, and the guy i bought my headphones from , lives near there.
one of the guys there said i'd need an external amp for the lcd's, their amp just doesn't have the current that the lcd's like.
now when i used a headphone amp, and used the wadia, the bifrost, and the dc-1 just as dacs, they were all very close, they are all so good, i think it just comes down to which "sound" i preferred , and someone else might prefer another, and both of us are right ! lol
I agree 100%. This hobby is very subjective to ones tastes and what they are looking to do with their systems. I don't know how much "system synergy" comes into play, but I do know that all gear has its own sonic signature and that other pieces may either compliment it, or be a terrible match.
I also agree with your assessment that the DC-1 lacks dynamic slam. In fact, that is easily my biggest "complaint" in regards to its sound. It's rather odd IMO as well, as I have owned a lot of Emo gear in the past (and still do) and I have never considered thier house sound to be as well mannered as the DC-1.
Having said that, I haven't heard their XDA-1, or XDA-2, but I don't recall anyone ever mentioning a lack of dynamics with them, so I think it seems to be a quality of the DC-1 alone (among Emo gear). Interesting that you hear the same thing...at least that confirms I am not just imagining things! LOL!
Edited by painted klown - 12/10/13 at 3:27pm