This is a soft launch of Yale, the new firmware that is the next step in the evolution of DirectStream DAC.
Yale is the creation of Ted Smith, who has lowered noise by 3dB, lowered jitter and reworked the filters in the DAC. He’s also added much in the way of ‘secret sauce’ - proprietary fixes and changes he’d rather keep to his vest. We know of them, of course, but they are not to be shared with prying eyes with agendas not in our best interests.
In Ted’s words:
Yale will be required to run Bridge II. Yale fixes the bugs we found in Pikes and improves sound dramatically.
The changes in the soundstage come from two places 1) the specifics of the upsampling anti aliasing filter, and 2) jitter reduction. The filter is primarily responsible for the changes in depth of sound stage. Jitter for accuracy of the sound stage and air around the performers/instruments.
Lowering noise always unmasks more detail if it's there.
Both Arnie and I find Yale to solve the issues some users of Pikes had, too forward and revealing (some would call it edgy), as well as make Pikes lovers swoon over the new performance levels of Yale. Yale is a miracle IMHO.
I find Yale to simply be better than 1.22 and Pikes by large margins. On the newly revamped IRSV in Music Room One Yale is a revelation on added spatial and low level information. Voices that once had noticeable reverb that seemed to come from nowhere, now have taken on a life of their own and I can clearly identify the source of reverb if it reflected from the room. Extraordinary levels of detail and added information and space become apparent with Yale.
Here is the download link to Yale.
Arnie and I are still polishing and fooling around with other versions, but for the most part, we believe this will be it. Download it, compare it to Pikes, 1.2 and let us know your reactions.
Don’t forget to unzip this file, take the contents out of the unzipped folder and place onto a CLEAN SD card. Place the SD card in DirectStream, gold pins facing UP. Pikes is available on Downloads.