Originally Posted by musicheaven
Hey @DMinor, its like asking you have an iPod 5th Gen 5.0 gen and a 5.5 gen, which one do you prefer? lmao Seriously though I like them both but for different reasons.
You should really think about getting an absolutely clean LO from your 5.5g, by that I mean taking the analog signals from the dac directly to the lod pins lifted off board (forget about working on the board). Then output that sucker to a well-designed amp of your choice. Seriously this is how the hi-fi audio path should be implemented with separate and clean circuit and power. The all-in-one piece can only get you that far with that design concept, IMO. You never know if they just keep playing with caps to alter/color the sound from product to product.
BTW, throw away as many caps as you can to avoid effects on the signal path especially on low frequencies. The less components the more transparent. Once the signal path opens up, sky is the limit. :)
From now on I will only use amps without DC coupling caps yet they can kill DC offsets. Yeah that's called innovative design.