A couple of days ago as an experiment brought from other DAC Hegel HD25, and installed instead of my cool Directstream. And to my strong surprise Hegel played significantly better than the DS, the sound is natural, smooth, and vital. The DS sound dirty, sharp, not musical. After two days of torture, why is my DS plays so bad. I put the firmware 1.21 and to my surprise the DS came to life, the sound began to play with colors, clarity, emotions. The sound Hegel on his background began to feel worse. Why Yale was so sound?
I think that Yale is not stable and may unnoticed break at any time.