Discussion in 'Digital: DACs, USB converters, decrapifiers' started by David De Lucena, Jan 16, 2018.
Now we know the fate of those that suddenly disappear from SBAF.
Good to read you are enjoying it. It's a big step up from the digital repetitious crap DACs in so many CD players, phones, cheap computer sound cards, etc. I do think Yggdrasil A1 was a bit more impressive sounding out of the box, but over time I became increasingly aware of a metallic overtone, and grey haze. Y2 essentially corrected both. It's a more natural sound, less hazy. Slightly less initial wow factor, but ... Y2 is easier to listen too for longer periods of time, and I still get plenty of 'wow' moments. I am still constantly impressed by when the music gets complex, the sounds don't all turn into one big fuzzball. Instruments and voices remain well separated.
p.s. I had almost given up on digital sounding decent. Glad I took the advice here and bought a Yggdrasil A2. I listen to much more music, for longer, than I ever did on my previous gear where I'd get annoyed in an hour or so. Enjoy it!
Well, just wanting to close the loop on my end a little bit. I thought I needed a transformer to leverage the higher output of the XLR outs from Yggdrasil to my Odyssey Pre (SE only). Turns out it was the tubes in the preamp the whole time. They must be just getting older because I swapped in a newer set of Tung-Sol 12AU7s and my volume has returned in full. In addition, it fixed an issue that was tilting everything to the left a little that was bothering me, but I was attributing to other, more environmental things.
So yea, wasn't anything to do with Yggdrasil, but rather my preamp. When I can swing it, I'll try to grab some Amperex 7316's but for now, the Tung-Sols will do.
Raymond is definitely not scared anymore. Definitely.. Definitely. Not scared.
Got my Jensen PO-2XR 1:1 transformer in today, have had it warming up for a few hours. Immediate impressions are, I absolutely appreciate the additional gain, even after fixing the tubes, I still felt like I was asking too much from my line stage. Beyond that, I can't quite describe what I'm finding as the difference other than it elevates the entire experience a notch or two. Visceral recordings (like the Rage S/T original Ludwig CD I'm listening to at the moment) become moreso, as if guitars gained a little bite and individual instruments seem to just be fleshed out a little better. This isn't a good imaging exercise. I think it made this DAC a touch more forward? And in saying that, I felt like it needed that little bit. It's not "polite" per se, and maybe it's because I needed to crank the system much more before than after the transformers, but it seems to have additional ease with which it puts forth sound, like I'm used to with my vinyl rig. That's the hardest part to describe, so take it with a grain of salt, I just know I like it, a lot, and am happy I took the plunge. It was a custom build to get XLR in, RCA out, from Cable Solutions. I paid $289 for the unit.
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