Originally Posted by shultzee
It seems in the review they wanted the dac to texture the music , I quote "We’d like a bit more subtle detail and texturing of notes too."
Thats not really what I am looking for. I want to hear the music as it was intended to sound. Unless I am misunderstanding the quote above.
I have used the d3 as a dac source feeding my ALO Pan Am as the amp (Mullard tubes) and I really like the sound using HD 650 cans.
I'm not sure how notes can have textures. You can hear "texture" of instruments, voices .. etc (recording quality dependent) so maybe that's correct referral. I was always a bit reserved for their reviews.
Anyhow, look, at one point of time I was so obsessed with those micro details that I lost touch with the music and it was not good at all. It was time for a change and I'm really not looking back! Critical listening is fine, of course, but it's probably the same thing as when you bench your graphic card every day and not actually enjoying any game you bought! Don't get me wrong ... I'm not saying that digital micro details are bad thing, but it's probably more subjective thing these days. I'm maybe getting old, but I'm slowly reverting back to that old school type of sound signature from the analog days. I would trade micro details, subtle textures for more body, more weight, more dynamics, more toe tap ... with no questions asked.
Speaking of D3, that relaxing sonic delivery was something that immediately caught my attention. As mentioned in the write up, detail retrieval is just on the right edge. I wouldn't want no more, no less.
Originally Posted by whereas
Yeah, I have a feeling that the Dragonfly sounds "better" on lower-end headphones where they're lacking high-end extension and need extra sharpness in that area. The top end is just piercing on my D5000's with the Dragonfly, though. They also don't have as forward a presentation as the D3. I would describe the Dragonfly as having more depth than the D3, but not as much width. I would probably keep the Dragonfly around the use with my lower-end portable headphones in place of the D3... just not worth it, though. The D3 sounds good with everything I have.
Yes. Same experience here. Generally speaking, it's better to have neutral dac/amp. It's simply more future proof. Apart from the top end, low end is quote intriguing with D3 too. It's not that "beats" like overblown bass overhang. It simply does have more quality, more tonality and more importantly impact is not elevated. Such neutrality is good as it will give a helping hand to bass shy headphones but at the same time complement headphones with already excellent bass signature (as with Ultrasone Pro900 in my case).