THE STEREO TIMES MOST WANTED COMPONENTS 2020
"Denafrips Ares II R2R DAC:
This little gem, along with the Silversmith Fidelium, were two of the most impactful, biggest bang-for-the-buck that I have come across in recent years for audio. The amount of performance that the Ares II brings to your system at its price-point makes having one a no-brainer. No, it is not quite the level of performance as the Bricasti M3 or the Rockna Wavelight, but for a fraction of the cost, it gets close. The Ares II is very detailed and dynamic and possesses a very refined midrange with surprisingly good, deep bass capabilities. Once you get past the small, dimly lit LEDs that you have to strain to see, and you settle in and start listening, you begin to appreciate what the Ares II does to your system. The Ares II does PCM to 1536 kHz and DSD to 1024 kHz, both on USB and confirmed on Qobuz. On more than a couple of occasions when listening to music, friends would just assume my Blue Circle DAC was being listened to. You can imagine the surprise when I would point out that we’re listening to the little Ares II as the source piece. This included doing some listening on the $17,000 hORNS Symphony speakers."
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