Very interested in your opinion on Devialet vs Directstream DAC, once you form it !
I read a lot of reviews and in addition definitely wanted the convenience of the Devialet pizza boxes - and getting everything, with so much flexibility, in those two pizza boxes. Found some tremendous deals on pricing (for the Devialet 800 in particular)
Spent about six hours listening (in a few separate sessions) to the two systems with Audio Physic and B&W speakers in two different rooms at one dealer, and ended up that feeling very confident that the Directstream sounded nicer to my ear. Afterwards (only) dealer confirmed he feels the same way, and the is not an uncommon conclusion. Obviously, setup specific issues abound.
I have trouble reconciling the extremely low distortion, and have noticed on the forums that Ted Smith has said he sometimes cops some flack for a little DSP in the DAC (which I presume I must like, if it is detectable).
The Devialet gear was really good, it’s just that Directstream, even with slightly underpowered amps (compared to the Devialet 800), was - in repeated A/B testing - was a wee bit nicer - more engaging, with a bit more sparkle.
Still, the reviews, they are uniformly positive & some go so far as to say 'best amplifiers ever (e.g. best to drive Magico Q7 speakers and so on), it’s undeniable.
So, very interested to hear your thoughts after some use, if you are inclined. Thanks again for your red fuse post - I’m intending on picking up a couple and proceeding with that part of it.