Received my kit after 1h 40m I was up and listening, straight from cold it sounded good after 3 hours listening it was much better the vocals were much clearer and more forward, the depth was very much improved compared to the dac2. The finer details are very clear I could hear instruments and place them in order where they would be behind, left , right , high or low of the main front singer/s I was hearing sounds I had never heard before on the dac2 and there were a couple of cd’s I had to double check that I was playing what I had placed in the PWT the sound was so different I thought I had put in the wrong cd.
On the third day ( still only 12 hours play time ) I installed the new firmware update, what a difference this made like Night & Day the bass is much more lower and sharper the mid range has just bloomed out it feels like there is someone there standing in my room singing. I don’t make comments on forums on how good or bad something is but this time I have to , it’s the best dac I have ever had and I have gone through quite a few dac’s is there a better dac out there yes I would think so but you would be paying 5 times the price or more. Thinking of upgrading put the DSD on top of your list or you may end up regretting your choices.
The install took me a little longer than it should have done the one board did not line up not with the threaded studs but the case its self where the xlr, rca, usb was out by 1mm, after carefully pushing one way then pushing another slowly putting one screw in and pulling the board all went in.
The next small problem was the power cable from the board to the lcd screen would not go in because one side of the clip was over lapping the multi pin plug next to it, sorted this by cutting off one of the clips of the plug still has one clip holding in and I gave it a good pull and lifted up the dac by this cable so all is safe and tight not likely to come off.
Then I was short on the screws to secure the xlr to the case and had to many of other screws but I was prepared for that as I have been following the forums on others who had similar teething issues so I had plenty of screws on had.
I am only mentioning this because I am one of the first of few early dsd up grades here in Australia not to be put of by this it is only minor if you take your time think what to do before you force it all will be fine, if not sure get your local dealer to do it at the end of the day you will have the best sounding dac you will have ever bought. As I finish writing this post I have only 14 hours use and my system sounds great and it’s only going to get better with more time.
Are there any plans for a new transport.