DAMN! That sounds stunning...

All I can say is .... DAMN! This thing sounds stunningly good. I would by no means consider myself and “audiophile”; rather, I’m just a guy who appreciates live, powerful, precise music. The Ares II delivers on all accounts. When close my eyes and I listen to Elevation Worship, I’m at the concert. When I listen to Buddy Guy’s Guitar, I’m in the dark bar. Eva Cassidy’s voice pierces your soul... ...as you sit in the studio with her. Still listening and can’t believe that delta in my system... which is entry level at best... NAD 375BEE integrated amp Bluesound Vault 2 (optical to the Denafrips Ares II) Martin Logan, Motion LX16 speakers Outlaw Audio Ultra x12 sub-woofer Reference tracks: R

Double Award - Ares II & Pontus DAC

Double award in a single review, first time in the 6moons review history? ARES II DAC - Realsization Award "Realsization takes standards educated by exposure to the best of audio and investigates how much money can be saved while maintaining the essence of ultra performance." Excerpts from reviews: Let's try to refine the picture for Ares II. The comparison to a high-quality 2A3 SET is still spot on. Ares II has that luscious sweet midrange you'd expect, with a sunny treble to illuminate the soundstage without putting anything in a harsh light. It doesn't quite have the ephemeral lightness of a 45 SET but far more robust bass and it avoids the bloat and slowness of lesser 300B amps. PONTUS D

Rich, natural and deep musical representation of all type of music

In my case the Ares II makes my system to a level I never thought possible in this price range . I knew the source had an important role in a system but never at this point . Rich , natural and deep musical representation of all type of music . High frequencies are perfectly controlled especially with pianos which is really important to me . The mids fill the room with warmth and makes my speakers sounds a lot bigger and i am not talking about colored irritating kind of sound here . The bass is linearly clean , natural and fast . Voices are incredible .. detailed natural rich human sounding . Very happy with my purchase ! How would you guys describe the improvement after ”burn in ” period ?

Hi-Res streamed music sounds better than the same songs on CD

I received my new Iris about two days ago and I am extremely happy with my purchase. It is amazing that a device so small has made such an improvement to my system. Most of the music that I listen to is streamed from Qobuz Via a Mac mini to my Pontus. I use an ifi Mercury USB Cable and have been quite happy with the results for more than a year and a half. I was skeptical about the difference that the Iris would make to my system but felt that the low price was worth taking the chance. The difference was instantly apparent. The music was clearer and more detailed. I listened to songs that I have heard hundreds of times before and could definitely hear a positive difference. For the first ti

The sound of the Ares II was incredibly natural even right away.

Hi Alvin, Hope you are well. It’s been a few weeks since I received the Ares II and the Kinki Studio EX-P7 and EX-B7 combo. These have been paired along with my Monitor Audio Gold 300 5G speakers, as well as my vintage pair of JBL 4311 monitors. Speaker cable is made by Blue Jeans Cable, and interconnects have been crafted by me using Mogami 2354 cable and Neutrik XLR connectors. When I received the Ares II, I made sure to take the time to also listen to it first in my headphone setup. This setup consists of Focal Clear Professional headphones, Massdrop THX789 Headphone Amplifier, and the balanced Mogami interconnects mentioned above. My previous DAC was a Grace Design m900, so a delta sigma

Very tonally rich, fluid, dense with beautiful timbre.

Dear Alvin, Some thoughts on the Terminator that I received two weeks ago. It is running non-stop for around 300h now. First impressions were already very good. But it is still improving. My configuration: Qobuz trough two Cisco switches in cascade into Innuos Zen Mk3 as a server+streamer playing directly via USB in the Denafrips Terminator, via xlr to the Audia Flight Fl3s amplifier and Suesskind Audio Progress LX speakers. The sound very detailed, very airy and delicate. With beautiful heights, Very deep and controlled bass. Very transparent and spacious and Impressive dynamics. AND at the same time also very tonally rich, fluid, dense with beautiful timbre. This tour the force of reunitin

DENAFRIPS GAIA DDC + TERMINATOR-PLUS DAC

Hello guys, Pleased to share the setup of DENAFRIPS GAIA DDC & Terminator-PLUS DAC. Setup: Windows PC DENAFRIPS GAIA DDC DENAFRIPS Terminator-Plus (HDMI i2s from GAIA) DENAFRIPS Athena Preamp Kinki Studio EX-B7 Mono-blocks Power Amp MAGICO A3 Loudpeakers DENAFIRPS GAIA Clock Sync To enable/disable to GAIA Clock In: 1. Press Setup button once (enter setting mode) 2. Press OPT button twice 3. CLOCK light should be on/off as you press the OPT button momentarily 4. CLOCK light on = enable clock in 5. To confirm the setting, press Setup button once DENAFRIPS Terminator-Plus Clock Out setting 1. Press Mute button to engage mute/setting mode 2. Press Input- button momentarily multiple times.

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