I chose the latter and am very pleased with the result.
I had moved from a Benchmark Media DAC2 to the original Terminator (T1) and would occasionally re-insert the Benchmark and felt (in my system) it provided greater upper-midrange energy that created a sense of increased transparency. But the T1 remained my primary DAC. So, I was torn on whether to upgrade to the Benchmark DAC3 or the Terminator 2 (T2) with the Iris DDC. I chose the latter and am very pleased with the result. The T2 sounds more open and forceful on my system
I'm still impressed so far.
I installed it (Ares II) and everything is working great. It sounds a little darker than expected but I'm still impressed so far. Seems to be better now after some break-in. You guys have one of the best customer service I've seen. Keep it up! Steven C., Canada PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop
Ares II is a perfect match for my digital system
Hello Annie, Attached is a pic of my setup. I bought the Ares II to replace my Bifrost Multibit DAC. What a significant improvement! The Ares II produces a big and natural sound; very easy to listen to. Very good separation between instruments. The Ares II is a perfect match for my digital system, which includes a Raspberry Pi / Volumio streaming flac files, the Ares II, and a Bottlehead 2A3 SET amp driving Klipsch KLF20 horn speakers (100 dB sensitivity). The service from
all sounds terrific!
Thanks Annie. The Pontus II arrived today! All in good condition. All functions are working, USB, I2S (from an OPPO 83), feeding a Schitt Jot2, Arya headphones...all sounds terrific! Thanks for the fast service. Credit: D PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop
Received pontus ii today. Amazing it is. Thanks so much. Big difference between ares ii and Pontus ii on my system. I have tube set amplifier and tekton speakers and really good cables. Credit: Charles B @ LA, USA PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac https://www.denafrips.com/ddc WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop
Venus II @ Wonderful System!
Annie - Here are a couple of snapshots of the Venus Ii in my "A" system. Source: Blusound Node 3 DAC: Venus II using USB Preamp: Cambridge Audio Azure 840E Power amp: 2x Cambridge Audio Azur 840W in bridged mono Speakers: Magnepan 3.6r Note: the other gear in the shots are my "B" system. Credit: Peter O. @ Colorado USA PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop
Ares II + Topping A90 Headphone Amp
Here is a current picture of my setup.. I use your Ares II as a dedicated dac from my pc to the Topping A90 then to my headphones. I use the RME ADI 2 as a dedicated dac that feeds my integrated amplifier to my Focal Chora speakers. Credit: Gary S PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop
This makes me very happy!
The Ares II arrived at my door Saturday in Texas and is in my system. This makes me very happy! Credit: Price @ Texas, USA PRODUCT INFO: https://www.denafrips.com/dac https://www.denafrips.com/ddc WHERE TO BUY? https://www.vinshineaudio.com/shop