INTRO - QUICK COMPARE WITH MORPHEUS: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...sonnet-pasithea-dac-review.12382/#post-384980 QUICK THOUGHTS ON PASITHEA'S PLACE: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...sonnet-pasithea-dac-review.12382/#post-384984 MORE DETAILED IMPRESSIONS: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...sonnet-pasithea-dac-review.12382/#post-385013 MEASUREMENTS: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...sonnet-pasithea-dac-review.12382/#post-385167 So I was thinking about putting this DAC on the APx555, doing an SINAD panel, posting some THDN and IMD sweeps, cranking the up volume, proclaiming I hear distortion, posting a vote for how I should my Pyrate Skull figure, and then calling it a day for my "review". Except I would be a complete total asshole if I did this. I just can't see anyone who would do such a thing and call it a review. I've had the Pasithea for about a week now, listening to it here and there, comparing to other DACs, comparing to my vinyl rig, letting it warm up. @GanGreinke was kind enough to loan this DAC to me. He uses it with the EC Aficionado, runs i2s from a Xingxer SU-6 DDC, and runs upscaling software. I think @GanGreinke was using the Yggdrasil A2 with the EC Aficionado which I personally don't think would be a good combination. As the Aficionado can be dry sounding, it pairs better with richer, lusher, smoother sounding DACs. I think it's important for readers to understand that my set up is different and that any serious listening is from my record player through speakers. I was hoping to use i2s, but found out I couldn't because the Pi2AES only supports diff i2s via HDMI. The Pasithra takes SE i2s into an RJ-45 jack. I ended up using SPDIF via AES and coaxial. I'm not sure if there was difference between either. @GanGreinke said I could be brutally honest and that he wouldn't be offended if I didn't like it. That takes a lot of pressure off. I hated the Sonnet Morpheus, more than I indicated (I pulled a lot of punches) in my review. The Parsithea however, I don't hate. It largely addresses the shortcomings of the Morpheus to the point where I consider it a good DAC. Would I recommend it? That depends. I do think it's important for readers to understand that I dislike NOS DACs. That doesn't mean that I can't write about them and perhaps give readers a perspective to triangulate or recalibrate their to their own tastes. I feel SBAF has reached a point to where gear discussion is beyond ego. Personally, I love, I relish it, when other people provide counterpoints*, because this provides a more complete picture. I don't know about you guys, I would hope the same. To be continued... (I'm tired from planning an audio show and need to take a quick nap) *Like well written cogent counterpoints, not "this is da bestest and it sounds bad because the rest of your gear is bad" like this.