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@purk what is a good DAC to go with the GS-X Mini?

I am considering between Yggy (a little too big for my desk), Matrix X-Sabre Pro (not sure if I enjoy the Sabre sound), and Chord Qutest (it lacks XLR output) but each has their own short coming.
I don’t have the Yggy version 2 but have the version 1 and the Matrix Pro is better for anything DSD. For PCM, the Yggy is better. The Matrix is a whole lot easier to live with however. It’s is fraction of the size compared to Yggy.
 
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I don’t have the Yggy version 2 but have the version 1 and the Matrix Pro is better for anything DSD. For PCM, the Yggy is better. The Matrix is a whole lot easier to live with however. It’s is fraction of the size compared to Yggy.
I see. I don't listen to DSD or MQA at all.

All my sources are PCM and from my desktop computer...
 
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Then go with the Yggy if you have desk space. The DSD playback on the Matrix is awesome however. I really enjoy mine.
 
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Will try using Hugo 2 with mini when time comes to get one. Because can use SE input, output balanced. Thus no need (immediate) to get another dac which would output balanced.
 
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Hi guys, tried doing some searches but wondering if in general the GS-X mini is considered an upgrade over the GS-X mk2. I understand the ability to convert unbalanced to balanced, but that is not a concern I have, so would one be better than the other with the HE-1000 v2 or SE, LCD-series headphones, HD800 etc.?
 
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I tend to take that Mini and Mk. 2 exist to cater to a slightly different market.
If you need something smaller, practical and want to get more from your single ended source then get a Mini.
They are both based on dynalo circuit after all.
 
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If you want to drive the Susvara the GSX MKII extra power should be your ticket over the mini. The mini slightly warmer tone should be better with something like HD800 and brighter headphones.
 
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Yes satin black!...& I’m likely buying one. I have the GL mk2. I can’t imagine an improvement above it...otherworldly HP amp.
I’ve pre-ordered the GS X Mini. My mint condition Gilmore Lite mk2 is up for sale (349.00).
 
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If you want to drive the Susvara the GSX MKII extra power should be your ticket over the mini. The mini slightly warmer tone should be better with something like HD800 and brighter headphones.
Unfortunately, the GS X MK II was mentioned as a bad alternative to drive the Susvara, in the Susvara thread. Several said it was too bright of an amp with not enough weight in the low end to be a good pairing.
 
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Unfortunately, the GS X MK II was mentioned as a bad alternative to drive the Susvara, in the Susvara thread. Several said it was too bright of an amp with not enough weight in the low end to be a good pairing.
I based my experience with HEK1000 V2 and GSX mkii. The Susvara very very nice out of the gsx mini IMO but I wonder if it will sound even better on beefier amplifier.
 
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I based my experience with HEK1000 V2 and GSX mkii. The Susvara very very nice out of the gsx mini IMO but I wonder if it will sound even better on beefier amplifier.
I heard the Susvara out of the mini at CanJam and it powered them just fine. Some have said that the mini is warmer sounding though and that may be the reason that pairing sounds better than with the GSX MK II.
 
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Unfortunately, the GS X MK II was mentioned as a bad alternative to drive the Susvara, in the Susvara thread. Several said it was too bright of an amp with not enough weight in the low end to be a good pairing.
ya but i disagree but then again i didn't have dave and they didn't use my server. I think it came to preferences, i found sus harmonious while my hd800s won stage and response.
I find head fi as guilty as anyone to pigeon hold to save cognitive dissonance. So GSX mk2 is tonally high, false, or silver cables are sibilant, false...
 
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I wonder how a warm dac with the mini will sound like? Anyone with a R2R dac try it with the mini? Or is that overkill for an already warm amplifier?

Anyone with Benchmark Dac 3 or Brooklyn DAC+ tired it with the mini? Also RME-DAC?
 
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I'm thinking about getting this amp. What makes this amp so special? What does volume control upgrade produce for the extra money?
 
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