It’s the kind of game changer that makes you want to rediscover your entire music library.
So many of us audiophiles chase after that illusive, fully-satisfied ‘Audio Nirvana’ – a time when the synergy of our system components brings a smile, and we feel we’ve reached our end-goal. I (like many) have never been even close to this goal. Many people can be happy with a $2500 system, but us audiophiles, we’re a different breed. We get caught up into the chase. I’ve been in that chase for at least a couple decades, but I’ve never had the time, space nor money to reach such heights until recently.
I originally had the Ares II DAC and was so impressed with the value, it gave me the confidence to ante-up to Denafrips’ flagship, the Terminator. When comparing the two, I feel Steve “the Audiophiliac” Guttenberg’s review was spot-on. The Ares is truly “like a miniature version” of the Terminator.
That is to say with the Terminator, you get more of everything the Ares offers: hi-resolution, a holographic-like forward presentation and a depth of soundstage which makes the speakers disappear, but that’s not all.
It’s the Terminator’s resolution and amazingly low noise floor which yield the nuances In my music library I’ve never heard, at any volume.The bass register is more commanding/in-control, extended and effortlessly-musical. It’s the kind of game changer that makes you want to rediscover your entire music library.
- Chris S
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