First post here and a new PS Audio customer. I recently bought a Stellar Gain Cell/M700 combo, and it blew every other system that I have had out of the water - no contest. I was also fortunate enough to score a brand new DirectStream Jr DAC shortly after thinking it could further enhance my set-up. However, it hasn’t turned out to be the case and I am now wondering if anyone else with similar experience or have suggestions to improve:
- When connecting DSJ directly to M700 (balanced using XLR) and using the Bridge card to steam Tidal, sound quality is noticeably better than SGC to M700 steaming Tidal using my good old Oppo 103D, albeit with the hissing noise that has been discussed in the forum.
- When adding the SGC as pre-amp and set DSJ volume at 99 (also balanced across the board), the hissing noise is gone, but the sound quality seems to be distant, much less vibrant - almost feels like the music is behind a veil or curtain comparing to SGC or DSJ directly to M700.
Is it SGC a less “worthy” pre-amp for DSJ junior or something else can be done to improve?