My impressions with only an afternoon - will follow up in a few weeks…
The upper frequencies are very clear, like I removed a mask; horns sound very clear and scary real. A much more realistic and lively sound and female vocals are expressive. I started playing a lot of Cindy Bradley and Kenny G to see if I could hear a difference and it there. For me, I’m chasing an analog sound that my Trans Audio Oracle TT once gave me. That system had Threshold electronics and KEF reference full range speakers. This system is the closest I have gotten to that sound, per se. However, this system completely blows away my KEF/Threshold/TT system. Not even in the same zip code. I love the combination of Sonus Faber mains and REL subs. The cool part is that Ted is a genius (DS DAC). I put on my DS DMP, then A/B it with a Nucleus+ SSD file and I like the Nucleus+ better and this time without the Convolution Filter. Then I put on 101 Jazz internet radio and it is like “are you kidding me, it’s an MP3 station”. Then I switch to JB Radio 2 (16/192) and the clarity, soundstage, just amazing. Then I start streaming TIDAL through Roon OS for Roon Nucleus+ hardware and it is just amazing. I will try Qobuz; however, it will take a lot to beat what I hear now. That will be a really cool battle-off when it goes mainstream. Not interested in beta testing to find out the library will not be fully realized till they go main stream.
Full disclosure: I don’t care what you buy, not an empathetic person. Not a shill for DJM Electronics; could care less. I am chasing a certain sound and what I hear is just amazing. I set aside $25K for a Basis TT and was going to pull the trigger last fall. Asked Paul about his feelings on TT and he indicated… not the path he pursued; however, do what makes you happy. Then I got the Roon Nucleus+ and it was all over; however, still chasing the sound till right now. Understand, I’m an audiophile whore and will keep chasing till I have a closet full of electronics; just as badbeef mentioned. There are (2) decisions that changed my thoughts on streaming: Nucleus+ & Giga FOIL filter. Next is the dual BHK300s this summer for my 60th bday. Then the PF 2.16 the following year to capture the HPQe player and I2S into the DS DAC.
So, I ordered an Sbooster 5V LPS and AQVOX CAT7 cable that are still not delivered. In addition I will be adding an Shunyatta Research Anaconda CX (1.8m/20A) next week. Chasing the idea…
Also, I removed my amplifier feet to add Isoacoustic Bordeaux pucks so I will take another week or two then let you know what I think.
Forgot: when I first fired it up I was annoyed because I heard some faint background sound in the recording. I stepped back and had to regroup. I then started chasing albums I used as reference.
I am not a musician so I find it hard to articulate octave information. I wish I had that talent, I don’t so I apologize for a more critic way of expressing my SQ pleasure or displeasure.
In a sentence, the DMP stared to become a novelty when I got the Nucleus+; now it will surely be a novelty. Bonus, my Oppo rips SACDs so what is the point. Hind sight is 20/20.