Hi. My new system is comprised of a pair of KEF R7 speakers, a NAD M22 V2 amplifier and a BlueSound Node 2i. I just bought the NAD M22 V2 amp (before I used a Rega Brio amp) and I’m amazed at the uncanny detail and great sound quality I get from hearing songs via Tidal (both CD quality and MQA) and even via Spotify. The quantity of revealing information, openness, clarity is day and night in comparison with the already good quality I got from my Rega Brio.
Because I want to get the most of my already loved system and learning from some forums that the DAC of the BlueSound Node 2i is not that great, even some people call it poor, naturally I’m now wondering how much more could I improve the sound of my system by adding a better (or the best) DAC out there.
I need the DAC to be compatible with MQA and I’ve read that PS DirectStream DAC is considered one of the best (if not the best) out there.
As you know, the price of the DS is $6,000.oo and even though in my opinion that’s a lot “just for a DAC” being that, in fact, it would be the most expensive of my components, IF my only source is streaming via Spotify and TIDAL, would I really benefit and hear an improvement that can justify the price of the DS? Would the improvement in sound be a night and day difference? If right now I think the sound is fantastic, I just can’t think or measure my excitement when I hear something even better!
I would connect my BlueSound Node 2i to the DirectStream DAC via optical. By doing so, does it means that the DS would upsample 64 times the original Tidal/Spotify sound? Anyone would guess a really big difference and improvement should be heard.
If by paying the $6,000 the DS cost I would really experience an extraordinary night and day improvement in comparison of what I’m getting right now, I’m so in love with the sound I’m having now that the expense would be well justified! That’s why I’m asking if spending that money is really worth it in my case. Thank you very much!!