Hallo, I´m new in this forum, but read already a lot in here
I have a chicken and egg problem. Looking forward to upgrade my system whit a new DAC and the Directstream DAC is (after all I read about it) my top candidate. Since I used only a CD Player so far, I need to rip and store my CD´s first, so I´m looking for an audiophile server, NAS & Bridge plus ripper or whatever solution is the best. The audiophile server would have the beauty of an “all in one” solution whit the parts I like. Now the Directstream DAC is “less sensitive” than other DACs, but I guess qualety of e.g. power supply (linear power supply or battery power supply) still matters? How about the USB output, there are some high end products such as from Paul Pang, JCat or SotM, do they improve the SQ significant on the Directstream DAC? And there is also an interessting output card whit I2S from Pink Faun which looks like it works well after a modification whit the PWD. I understand that for PWD and DD different things matters. Is in principle the native I2S the better solution for the DD or does it makes the DAC dependent from the computer clock, so that only the transversion over asyncron USB enables the DD to get rid off the jitter? Which way to go?