I’ve recently had the opportunity to have both the GCD and the DSJ in my system running from my DMP and wanted to share some listening impressions with the community. These impressions follow significant burn in of all 3 machines though the DSJ had the least with about 28 hours.
First, the two DACs share a lot in common soundwise and these characteristics have been described extensively in other threads so I won’t delve into all that except to say that tremendous clarity, soundstage width/depth and imaging are present in both.
Where I found the DSJ superior to the GCD was that it had noticeably more of all those desirable qualities listed above.
But two things strike me most forcefully about where the DSJ scores over its PSA stable-mate and the two are closely related. Those are timbrel accuracy and overall naturalness of sound. The DSJ’s ability to convey extremely truthfully what an (unamplified) oboe, or trombone or piano or cello or human voice, etc., sound like, I found to be very exciting and way above what the GCD can do. This timbrel accuracy taken as a whole in any given well engineered recording conveys an incredible naturalness to the presentation which of course is exactly what all of us audiophiles are for ever in search of.
And I know Ted Smith also has emphasized “naturalness” in his prime objective with the development of the DirectStream products.
It was very nice to hear with my own ears just how amazingly he has achieved that goal.
Here’s my system:
PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player>>PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC >>Simaudio Moon Nēo 340i >>Dynaudio Confidence C1 II’s + SVS SB12-NSD