This is just to update my post.
I got a Gain Cell DAC and a S300! Also, got a used pair of Dali Minuets for my desktop system.
The filters are interesting to use in person, but, I’ve found that after adding in my S300 (broken in, 300 plus hours), my system sounds a little thin, maybe kinda hollow, I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s the same as the other two class D integrateds I have bought in the past in this respect, but much less so. In this way, I actually prefer my cheapest integrated (Marantz PM5003) as a power amp, as it doesn’t feel as hollow or paper thin. This is through all music and genres, and particularly with stringed instruments, like guitar, piano and harp…
Buuuuut, otherwise I love the Stellar “stack”. Sound staging, imaging, the decay of reverb, the ability to easily hear the tonal difference and timbre of instruments, and my fave is the melodies! When it comes to melodies, I can follow even the really simple ones so much better. I also don’t really know how to explain this, but this is all the GCD, as I hear this on my headphones too. MMnnnnn, yummy!
I’m thinking it’s the class D sound I am hearing, lots of negative feedback… Class Low volume class AB sounds great, (remember, this is a desktop system, ie low volume) and here in Japan most of us live in Apartments, and always think of our neighbours… So I can’t ever listen over maybe 80db if that.
Am I crazy? As I hear nothing but perfect praise of the S300… Maybe , like me, others have been apprehensive to criticize due to the overwhelming praise…
Maybe I need a Schiit Loki in my life? I dunno. My wife could tell after the first week that I wasn’t 100% happy, as I was when using the GCD -> PM5003 combo.
Any thoughts anyone?