I just purchased a McIntosh MS750 with tons of songs on it. I believe the songs are mostly in FLAC format but probably a lot of PCM too. Will a Direct Stream Jr. improve the sound of these songs? I’m considering purchasing one.
Given the reviews of the MS750 I expect the DSD Jr. would be a significant improvement.
I’m with Elk, the DSJ will be a significant improvement over the DAC used in the MS750. I’ve had the DSJ coming on two years now and it’s fantastic!
The MS750 measured very poorly in 2009, which is the Cretaceous Period in terms of servers. Most modern DACs costing $100+ are probably better.
Curiously, what speakers do you use?
The DSD Jnr was well reviewed in the UK for it’s analogue-type sound (which I take to mean a bit soft), which would make it good for very analytical speakers and probably more versatile than some very detailed and analytical DACs.
I would agree with that review. I’m running a pair of Monitor Audio floor standers and they certainly have a tendency to be a little edgy. The highs come through well with out irritation to me.
Monitor Audio have a very good reputation and use a range of driver materials, including a ceramic/aluminium mid-bass and a quasi-ribbon, both a bit like those in my Raidho speakers. I was expecting them to possibly be a bit fatiguing, but they do sound better (and a little warmer) with a Class A/B amplifier rather than Class D. I suspect they have to be paired with an amplifier and DAC that is not too sharp. I think you have to be careful when matching components unless using speakers like Harbeth, which will never be overly bright.