So I have had this two nights. Both my Sonore Signature SE and it need USB input on the MKII so swapping between the two is not fast. Using songs I know well I compared the two. The stack does use the volt externally LPS. Sonore it’s built in.
From the start it was hard to see any large difference in SQ. I am very used to the sound of the Sonore. But there does seem something a bit more dynamic with the link. Hard to pinpoint. But bass is tight and puncy on both. Highs are crisp w/o being too bright. It would be really hard to pick one over the other on pure A/B comparisons.
But, the Stack home advantages.
- It does not pop between DSD and PCM. a small click when pcm goes to DSD. But nothing like the Sonore.
- The software is easy to update w cable for a reset. IT SELF UPDATES ON UPGRADES. Which it did for me after my flash. They do releases. Sonore has been on this version for over two years.
- Build quality. Holy cow it’s tiny little hunk of solid billet aluminum. LPS Too. Anti vibration built in chassis from what I read. Also isolation with the case.
- It’s silver. So it matches my gear. I know. But I like that
I only use Roon so I cannot comments on other streaming software.