Just got my Direct Stream DAC a day back. As a first impression - a different presentation indeed. Need to critically listen after it burns in for few days.
Couple of Qs -
- I found the overall volume gain is little less than PWD and my other dac (Naim nDAC and Pioneer Elite N30 streamer). When I keep the Direct Stream DAC volume at 100, at the same volume of my preamp the intensity of the sound is less (though probably more soothing/musical) than my other dac.
I’m using Balanced output from Direct Stream dac and unbalanced output from Naim nDac. I had PWD MKII 2 months back (with same settings) and compared the same with my Naim nDac. I didn’t find this much of difference in gain.
Is it expected ? Or something wrong with my unit ? I’m using bridge as source, QNAP NAS, MinimServer, Bubble UPnP as controller on Android.
- The filter button in the remote makes the gain further less. You need to increase the volume almost twice to get the similar gain. Again it is expected ?