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Just got my copy of Stereophile. Kal is reviewing the Dreadnaught D. While not a full review which is forth coming, his comments tease at a very favorable review.

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Some of that is hype. I don't think for one second, Meridian can do digital filters better than everyone else in the industry. I'm just not that gullible.

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. Although the current “rage” is DSD DACs, only a few very expensive DACs do straight DSD to analog conversion – 98% of the DACs convert DSD to PCM and then to analog. And the SACDs and DSD albums were converted to PCM and then back to SACD/DSD anyway in the mastering process.
I don't think anyone is using a 1 bit dac which I believe would be required to playback native DSD. So most of if not all of the claims of native DSD playback are bogus. Even with the player not doing a sample rate conversion, the dac chip when multi-bit is.

Berkeley says this,"... 99+% of modern DAC’s,.., use multi-bit D/A converters because they provide better performance than 1-bit converters - even DAC’s who advertise “native” DSD compatibility. So, at some point, the 1-bit DSD stream must be converted to multi-bit for all of those DAC’s.

We could, like many other manufacturers, convert 1-bit DSD to multi-bit within the Alpha DAC Reference Series and show “DSD” in the front panel display. That would be the easiest approach from a marketing standpoint and would also be very simple and low in cost to implement. But that approach would also mean increasing the amount of processing in the DAC during playback which would degrade audio quality,...."

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Just got my copy of Stereophile. Kal is reviewing the Dreadnaught D. While not a full review which is forth coming, his comments tease at a very favorable review.
Sorry for the tease. I wanted you to know that I was immediately taken with it but deferred anything conclusive until I spent more time with it.

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I knew it Kal. I can't wait for the full review. I love my Dreadnaught D amp. The music just floats from my speakers. And like you said in the tease, it just sounds right. It is not fake sounding. That is the reason I sold my Krell Chorus. I didn't like how the cymbals sounded. They sounded not like cymbals sound. Everything else was fine. But this Dreadnaught just sounds right.
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