Been getting more head time (now that turkey day has gone…and family departed).
I really like this setup, it isn’t as good as my RME-ADI-2DAC Jotunheim combo, but almost there. I will probably, make this my work setup, now I’ll need to get another balanced cable for my Focal Elegias (or repurpuse the clear/elex ones, I just don’t like the jank of those).
The Dirac setting is neat, but when listening to music I didn’t like it… I’ll have to try it with games to see if that is a better fit…and if so I’ll probably switch it off my Mac and keep it with my gaming PC.
when using it without balanced cables it is still a good DAC/amp but looses a bit of its magic, not enough to make it not worthwhile but enough to want to keep balanced cables on hand, or as the preferred listening setup.
It is very neutral, and airy, which I really appreciate, but tubes are starting to call to me like sirens on the rocks of a chaotic sea it has enough oomph also, and for the price is probably one of the best dedicated headphone DAC/amps you can get in its price range. I haven’t heard personally the Schiit equivalent so this is based purely on my comparing it to my ADI-2DAC with Jotunheim/MCTH which isn’t really a fair comparison, but it gets you almost there for a 1/3rd(ish) the cost. Also I’m starting to realize the problems with using lossy HQ Spotify to listen to my gear (good enough for relaxing but when evaluating, the higher end gear starts to get bottlenecked by it). It isn’t a night and day difference with my FLAC files but it is enough for me to realize I’m missing some aspects to the music with the lossy streams. I’ve been putting off getting Tidal, in hopes of getting Qobuz as my first lossless streaming, but they are on the slow boat to America it seems
Back on track…this is a solid option and I would put it up against other DAC/amp combos up to the $900 range strong words but it does enough right, and gives enough options to keep most people happy.