This discussion about power supplies got me to thinking about the Gen VIII. Some have asked me why it is to big compared to Dac X? I think you can see why if you look at the power supply. It occupies almost half of the chassis. Here we are talking about power supplies for DIGITAL boards. Part of the function of the Gen VIII is as a preamp but it had the massive power supply before that. You can't have it both ways. Do power supplies matter for Blu-ray players and dacs? If so then show the power supply of the supposedly equal dacs? If Theta reduced the capabilites of the power supply, you can see that they could easily make a smaller dac. To reduce the size of the dac and keep the dac,you would need two separate boxes. I think many miss this obvious point when they question the size of the Gen VIII.
When I listen to the Gen VIII, I hear dynamics that are just not there with the other dacs that I have tried unless combined with a separate two channel preamp which itself has a massive power supply. My suggestion is that when you seek the advice of others, you ask the type of music they listen to most. Classical music and chamber music in particuliar is a lot different from Rock guitar riffs and dynamic drum solos. Most of the reviews are by those who listen to classical. I would suggest that their is no substitute for hands on evaluation. Otherwise it is, "And Kal says... And Kal says...," only to in the end add a homemade power supply to the Oppo and conclude that you disagree;) with what "Kal says.." I think Kal is a great reviewer. One of the better ones for sure. Reviews have their place.
Here is a pic of the Gen VIII power supply with a Seagate 2tb External drive placed next for reference.
If you look at the other side you can see how much smaller the dacs could be without the supply