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Ares II: Great little dac for the money

November 27, 2019

 

 I bought a Denafrips Ares 2 dac some 5 weeks ago and thought I would post my findings to maybe assist the inquisitive amongst us.


I do all of my listening through speakers and the dac is left on always.


For critical listening I would recomend that running for at least 300 hrs before the sound improves and maybe 500 hrs before making a true evaluation. It may sound overly punchy and bass heavy until run in.


It was used with a detailed source and neutral  cable feeding the Ares 2 before connecting again with same neutral cable into a warm/meaty amplifier. The speakers are small bookshelf capable of high resolution.


My worry after early initial impressions were that my set up (matching) might be a little bit rich. After running in the sound became more detailed,spacious with a better tonality to the bass. To my ears far more balanced. I was pleased because then I knew it was a keeper and my old dac would be sold.


The settings on the dac are a noticeable nice touch. I settled with the nos/warm as my default. It suited my set up best.

 
If describing the dac sound...I would say it has a warm rhythmical signature and is very easy to live with. System matching with detailed / highly resolving components should work just okay.  Careful not to over egg the pudding with too rich a mix.


Great little dac for the money.


It's certainly not overawed when used with more expensive company, and sounds far more cohesive (lifelike/musical) than more expensive equipment I have owned.

 

 

 

Credit: Mark S.

Source: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/denafrips-dac-owner-impressions-feedback-general-discussion-que?sort_order=desc

 

 

 


Yours Sincerely,

 

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WHERE TO BUY? 

https://www.vinshineaudio.com/

 

 

 

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