Originally Posted by Nuance
It was a noticeable difference, bro. The sound stage width grew a good deal, as did the depth. The depth of the stage was impressive, as instruments could easily be placed on stage, some being closer and/or farther than others. I think the noise floor dropped too, as it was a little clearer. Also, and I am going to regret saying this, Terry swapped out a few different pairs of speakers cable...and I hear a small difference.
Well, I am pondering whether or not to buy the PS Audio that I was offered by a righteous dude. If I am not able to swing it I will give you his name. I really do want it, but I'd have to postpone some other purchases then (like the amplifier). I think that would kind of be pointless, because I'd have a dac and preamp, but no amp, so I'd still have to use my receiver's DAC's. Crap...smacked in the face by reality.
You've got a PM, Brandon.
Decisions, Decisions. Why couldn't I have just been born into a wealthy family? LOL!
HA! I told you I'd "take you to school about speaker cables". You heard "a small difference"?
If we had more time that day, I could have convinced you of more than a "small difference" between the cables I have. Maybe next time.
I would also stop worrying about a DAC until you get your initial plans completed. I'd get that preamp and amp you want first. The OPPO's DAC isn't all that bad and the Squeezebox should be ok until you can find a DAC. You heard merrymaid's SB3 and thought is was alright didn't you?
merrymaid: The improvement in sound between the PS Audio DAC and the OPPO 980 is not small. Most of what Nuance has stated was from a relatively brief listening session. The more time I spend with the DAC, the more appreciation I have for it.
The PS Audio DAC provides a wider sound stage that extends a few feet beyond the OPPO's. There is definitely a more 3D effect to the music, and the stage is deeper. There is more air around instruments and singers (I don't know how else to state this). The entire stage is more coherent and clear. There is more bass output, but it is very balanced sounding and more articulate. I can't take the DAC out of my setup now. Whenever I switch to my OPPO by itself, I just can't find any love for it after hearing the PS Audio.
While I'm certain there are better DAC's out there, I wouldn't hesitate recommending the PS Audio DAC to someone. I'm also considering getting it moddified by Cullen Circuits later this summer after I pickup a receiver for HT and get my Salk HT2 Center, but things are sounding very nice stock for time being.