Hello PS Audio friends,
I am visiting this forum since a couple of Months now and this is where I am coming from. Streaming audio has my interest since the beginning and after several set-ups with Squeezeboxes with DAC’s and power supplies I went 2011 with the then new Linn Akurate DS/1. A beautiful piece of equipment and it served me flawlessly until January of this year. The sound quality was really good and the first years Linn brought software updates with new features likes Airplay, native steaming of TuneIn, native streaming of Tidal. But over the last years I felt a resistance from Linn to adapt to new stuff. Most Linn customers complained that they didn’t like the access points Kinsky and Kazoo but I used the Lumin app that was pretty cool for the time. When I was reading more and more about Roon I decided to give it a try. In January I bought the Sonore SonicOrbiter and with a decent linear power supply over my Audionet DNP preamp / DAC it sounded pretty compatible with the Linn and the comfort and pleasure of Roon is something I don’t want to give up anymore.
So I sold the Linn and was looking for a new streamer / DAC since then. Roon endpoint and MQA were on my shortlist. After being interested in the Mytek Brooklyn I was reading this article by John Darko. That was looking really promising! And then I found this forum with the clear statement that MQA is underway. I knew this is going to be my choice. I promised myself to wait until then but last week I couldn’t wait any longer and picked up the DSJ. I connected the device and Roon immediately found the DAC and selected the right settings. After three hours listening I wrote the distributor that I will keep the device. Compared to the previous gear wider soundstage, better separation of instruments, very powerful bottom. The music is really detached from the speakers. A very realistic and relaxing musical experience. Also very good looking next to my Audionet pre-amp!
After almost a week of listening and enjoying (not enough because of the summer weather we are experiencing here in Europe) I can conclude that this was the right choice. I really enjoy re-discovering my music collection. The only negative when it comes to sound quality: the DSJ is not painting the pretty picture. Bad recordings / masterings are revealed as bad recordings. And there are a few points that could be improved:
sometimes switching between PCM and DSD and vice versa gives a soft noise in-between the tracks,
changing the volume with DSD has the same effect,
the display settings are very limited: it would be great to have more choices like having the title info longer visible etcetera.
So this brings me to my question: next to MQA unfolding what can we expect with Huron?