I got my new Directstream DAC 24 hours ago. I purchased used but I think I got a brand new unit.
I’ve been using the XLO burn-in track continuously with the amps off.
The Directstream sounds terrible: the images are small, the sound is thin and tinny. Guitars don’t sound like guitars, tambourines don’t sound like tambourines but like high pitched noises. If I didn’t already know it was a tambourine, I would’t be able to tell. Poor instrument separation. Voices are sketchy and indistinct.
My previous dac is the original version of the MSB Power Dac which is vastly better.