After much dithering, tonight, I replaced my long loved Audio Research DAC8 with a DirectStream. Right out of the box, I’m telling you, this thing just rocks! I don’t even know what firmware is loaded in the device and right now, I don’t care - enough time for that. Though I loved the DAC8, I feel cheated, I had no idea that a DAC could have such a profound influence over the whole range of my sound quality.
I’ve just gone through three quick listens - no need to do any A/B comparisons between the DAC8 and this sweetheart. Tchaikovsky symphony 6 Michael Tilson Thomas - perfect; Best of U2 1980 to 1990 - perfect; Dvorak Violin Concerto in A Minor Anne Sophie Mutter - perfect.
Maybe I pull an all nighter, on Friday. Oh man, Knopfler and Harris, Beachcombing - and this just the itunes download!