DirectStream vs DirectStream Junior


#1

Hey there. Maybe I’m not understanding, but can you explain to me what the DirectStream offers that the DirectStream Junior does not?


#2

The Sr has a little more of everything: a little more detail, a little more finesse, more detail on the screen, a little better channel level matching, a little better noise immunity on the outputs… Many of these improvements are directly related to some higher quality parts in key places in the DS’s Sr.

Objectively the DS has a 6dB lower analog noise floor (because it duplicates the digital switches four times which averages the analog noise output.) The Sr has two I2S inputs and runs cooler. I do like the knob on the DS Jr, and having the Bridge built-in is a an additional cost benefit of the Jr.


#3

" duplicates the digital switches…", as usual, i can barely keep both eyeballs going in the same direction…


#4

I agree with everything Ted described. I spent nearly 30 days with Jr. before replacing it with Sr. I highly recommend going for it presuming the extra $ won’t bankrupt.

I like that it runs MUCH cooler in my rack, and sounds just that little be easier on the ears.


#5

The DS Jr. does run warm, but can be effectively cooled with a fan setup. I am able to keep my average cabinet temperature at or below 82-83 F.


#6

I run my Jr “naked” out in the open and never knew it had a tendency to run “warm” till this thread. It sounds awesome and I like the interface much better. No desire to move up or down. To complete the PSA Trifecta, I need to try the pre… Then we just have to wait for speakers I guess!