was really close ordering a Stellar Strata. Two road blocks remain and seem not healable. Happens, we all never agree on everything - how boring would this world be - but these could have been avoided.
a) Fixed or non upgradeable DAC
FPGA is expensive and I fully understand that price points need to be met. But how about a slot-in board? Come on - Shiit can do it, why PSA don’t?
b) Roon Endpoint
Well there is none and due to hardware limitation never will be. If I take a brief look around there are external roon-ready DACs at fairly moderate prices. So why not here?
An amplifier likely will last a couple of years. DACs nah. At least with me. So an optional / upgradeable DAC board probably wouldn’t have changed the price tag a lot. Cannot understand the decision.
So could have somehow lived with the fixed DAC, but Roon in the end kills the Strata for me and I was more than ready to buy.
I am a bit sad because I like PSA’s attitude and products really.
edit: to be precise: it’s not the point I could get another DAC meeting my requirements (and waste the one inside). It’s it screws the Strata concept which I regard being beautiful. HiFi needs - at least for me - blend beautifully into my living room. Can’t stand having my room looking like a garage or an altar of interconnected cases. Box count needs to be one, it matters. Ideally.