Over a month ago I was looking to get new speakers, something smaller than my Goldenear Triton 5’s, because I might be moving in the next year. After listening to a dozen or so candidates I was intrigued by what was driving some of these speakers, McIntosh’s MA252 integrated amplifier. So I purchased this based on the BHK stereo amplifier, tubes in the pre and solid state driving the amp. But I still wanted new speakers, so I settled on Legacy’s Calibre compact speaker. While I was at the stereo store, I thought hey how about a new DAC, so came the DirectStream DAC Jr.
At home everything plugged in it sound new, great, amazing and warm. A little of everything. The next few weeks would be dedicated to breaking in. Unfortunately I had a small hick up with the Jr. DAC that the PS Audio team was able to remedy quickly and effectively but I had a feeling If this DAC sounds this good out of the box what would the Sr. sound like. So I upgrade to the DirectStream DAC.
I’ve had the new DAC in for about a week and OMG, amazing sound, detail, warmth (maybe a little too much for my liking) and fluidity with all my music either streamed or USB connected. I can’t say enough about how great this DAC sounds. I’m very happy to be apart of the PS Audio community team moving forward.
My only regret, in hindsight, is instead of purchasing the McIntosh Integrated Amplifier (because now I think it’s to warm) I would have bought 2 M700 amplifiers and 3 AC3 Power Cables to power the DAC and Amps. It would have been cheaper too. The system as it sounds is really warm, which I’m not accustomed to hearing. So many options to choose from when you’re out there shopping. Just when you think you have a good Idea on what you want, then you say why didn’t I think of that. I’ll report back in a month or so on the sound update, other then that this was just a quick overview of my new system and sound quality.
Old System - Bel Canto 2.7 DAC/Emotiva XPA-2/Goldenear Triton 5’s/Rel 328 Sub
New System - DirectStream DAC/McIntosh MA 252/Legacy Calibre/Rel 328 Sub