makfi said so the DSD is JA's long term reference and in the latest issue of Stereophile he compares it to the Rossini . . .Nothing against the dCS product line but the exponential growth in prices they represent in high-end gear is why I took some time off from the hobby a few years ago.
I will venture a guess that most of the members of this forum make a good living and could / did invest $30k or more in a high-end system. When you start to think about things like the dCS products (and I don’t mean to single them out), 10,000 power cords, 150,000 speaker systems, etc now you’re talking hedge fund titan territory.
I’ve got a bunch of back issues of The Absolute Sound from their earliest days that I originally purchased when I was in high school earning $3 an hour unloading trucks. Back then though I could envision myself being able to someday afford many of the products they reviewed. My son is a college freshman and a pre-med major. There is virtually no chance, zero,zip nada that he will ever be able to afford most of the equipment that graces TAS/Stereophile these days. Fortunately for him / unfortunately for our hobby he and his friends are perfectly happy to listen to music on his iPhone.
Fortunately for us we have companies like PS Audio where we can purchase products that are 95% (?) of the state of the art at prices that are a fraction of what SOTA costs today.
Just my two cents.
[discussion moved from “Life after Torreys” - Elk]