I’m thinking of getting a direct stream junior dac. I currently have pmc twenty5 23 speakers, cyrus mono x200signature power amps, cyrus dac xp signature pre and dac with a power supply. And I just bought a innuos zenith mark 2.
I have a chord 2 qute, I’m trying a chord qutest, and I borrowed a chord Dave which i tremendous as a pre but £8500 and out of budget.
I’ve heard people like John darko compare the direct stream (non junior version) to the chord Dave, on his dac index. Also ps audio say the junior is 80-90 percent of the direct stream which makes me think of this is the case, the junior must be tremendous for the money.
My concern is, is the pre stage on the junior decent, as I want to use it as a Pre and dac into my x200signature amps. Sometimes if a box is all about dacs the pre is a compromise so maybe the junior just works better as a dac?
I’ll be using the balanced connections.
Also is the junior best using its Ethernet connections, can you use Roon with Ethernet. I only ask as the innuos zenith I have has best usb output but also Ethernet out too. But conceivably that may change with the junior.
Thanks for your help