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Credit to mresseguie @ audiocircle

DAC shoot out @ 

PUGET SOUND AUDIO GROUP GTG 2017

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The Venus is a great sounding DAC. It doesn't sound like tubes, but it doesn't sound like solid state to my ears either. I think most of us agreed that it hadn't burned in enough yet, so it hadn't opened up or 'bloomed' yet. Nonetheless, acoustic instruments like guitar, piano, cello, banjo, sax (not my favorite instrument btw), and harp just sound so real to me.

 

I'm not a musician, so I don't describe these sounds like a musician would. The strings vibrate when plucked or struck. There is decay as the sound diminishes. Can I say they're three dimensional sounding? Sure, why not? [I should point out that the Lampi and Jake's MP-D2 impressed me the same way.] 

Here is the order in which I like these DACs (least to best)

 

  • Metrum Octave

  • MP-D2 with the oil caps (I think)

  • Metrum Pavane (didn't listen to it very long)

  • Venus/JakeJ's MP-D2 (differences, but I wouldn't say one is better than the other)

  • Lampi Atlantic with preamp upgrade