Paul McGowan said
No. It’s an entirely new set of guts, back panel, bottom panel and front panel - I think perhaps the top cover is the same. We will be doing our best to offer substantial help with trade ins - as we always try to do. The output for SACD raw DSD will be through I2S - and not just one I2S. We will have 3 I2S outputs so multi-channel SACD can play raw DSD into multiple DirectStream DACs for those interested in multi-channel. The one hitch will be it only works into DirectStream. There’s going to be a proprietary handshake between the two machines ensuring people cannot copy what’s on the SACD. We gotta keep Sony happy.
This is, bar none, the best audio gear news of the new year. I was about to purchase a cheap transport to be my exclusive Redbook CD playback machine when I read your announcement in PSTracks. Now, my SACDs will get the same magical treatment my CDs and music files get through my DS DAC.
I was going to write you late last month but I’ll go ahead and say it here: I had the opportunity to listen to a lot of music over my holiday from a wide variety of sources. New CDs I purchased – The Glenn Gould Collection is amazing, as is the remastered Stravinsky set on Sony – plus music files, and even lowly 128kb streams, sound better than they deserve. Through my AppleTV and AirPlay, I streamed WCRB from Boston, WQXR from NY, Pandora, and sundry other classical (and Christmas) internet streams. The DS DAC seems to improve everything that is thrown at it.
I know I’ve said it before but here I go: It’s the best piece of gear I’ve ever purchased. It never disappoints. How far I’ve come from the AudioAlchemy DAC-In-The-Box…