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All with the latest Toreys software upgrade from PS. This unit is even better than all older DSD version DAC's.
Rated Class A+ in Stereophile
and PRODUCT of the YEAR. It was also Product of the Year in The Absolute Sound. This is before the latest Yale or Pikes Peak software upgrades as it is clearly better now.
In the Absolute Sound review they said:
“DirectStream’s easily the best DAC I’ve ever heard in my system, making digitally-recorded music sound better than I’ve ever heard it.
In the Stereotimes review
they concluded with:
After listening to the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC for the past few months it is my opinion that DirectStream represents a new benchmark in audio reproduction. Notice that I didn’t say “digital audio reproduction.” In other words, in my view the PS Audio DirectStream is the most musically and technically capable device of any type that I’ve ever had the pleasure to evaluate. My heartfelt congratulations go out to Paul McGowan, Ted Smith, and PS Audio’s excellent design team for making DirectStream a reality for those of us who truly love our music.
At nearly $6,000, DirectStream is not inexpensive, but by today’s standards for the wealth of musical improvement it offers, I consider it a bargain. Personally, I had to stretch my budget to buy the review sample, but frankly after hearing the immediacy, dynamic capability, and immense soundstage that DirectStream provides I couldn’t bear to send it back.
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In the latest review from 6moons they said:"But what happened now was beyond our expectations. Maybe we had been lulled into a bit of been-there-done-that reviewer fatigue but the DirectStream’s handling of this CD became a rude wakeup call and put us back on edge to eat crow. Damn, the performances of the various groups and soloists were so real and at such dynamic range, it was hard to believe that the source material was a simple 16/44.1 Redbook CD."
Read the full review at: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/psaudio/1.html The first review was also a Rave.
Audiophilia summed up with:
"The DS is a game changer; I think it has caused the ‘war’ between DSD and PCM to be on hold or mute for most of us, and above all hold your horses before buying expensive high-resolution PCM files or DSD. That alone is a major accomplishment.
McGowan, on one of his recent daily posts, stated in words the following as PS Audio’s core values/principles: ‘At our core we give the middle finger to the impossible. When someone tells me it’s impossible to make a $6K DAC sound better than a $30K DAC, or a $700 integrated as good as a multi-thousand dollar one, that’s the reaction I get; although I refrain from that gesture. The impossible becomes possible when someone achieves it.’ "
"PS Audio has perhaps achieved the impossible with the DS
. Besides, one can now listen to a CD rip of War’s ‘Four Cornered Room’ without having to be high wearing bell-bottoms in order to appreciate it. The DS gets my highest recommendation; hats off and a bow to PS Audio."
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http://www.audiophilia.com/wp/?p=13620The new PS DSD DAC is maybe the best DAC made, regardless of cost
. It uses an FPGA, a field programmable gate array, which is basically a computer on a chip. It takes CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media and upsamples them to ten times DSD rate and outputs a pure analog signal directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. DirectStream converts any digital input format, such as PCM or DSD to a pure 10x DSD stream and outputs near-perfect analog directly to your power amplifier or preamplifier. DirectStream
has seven digital inputs which include: two I2S, one TOSLINK optical connector, one coaxial S/PDIF connector, one balanced XLR AES/EBU, one asynchronous USB input and one optional Network Streaming Bridge slot. DirectStream
has both single ended coaxial and fully balanced XLR outputs.
The DSD DAC was 7 years in design and will start shipping in late April2014. It is easily the best DAC that we sell and now far superior to the origina; with 5th generation Torrey's software.If you own a Perfect Wave DAC or DAC MK2 they are upgradable to the DSD DAC. The kit is $2999.00. Call me to discuss this as well.
For more info check the PS website at:
Pure 100% DSD based D to A Converter
- Resolution perfect volume and balance controls built in
- Upsamples PCM and DSD to 10x DSD rate
- Purely passive transformer coupled output
- Improves imaging and soundstage
- Simple, direct signal path with one master clock
- Hand written filters, processors and upsamplers
- Immune to incoming jitter problems from different sources
- Increased digital headroom
- No off-the-shelf IC DAC chips used
- Uncovers musical details masked by typical PCM based processors
- 7 digital inputs
- Fully balanced from input to output
- Color touch screen
- This is a state of the art new US made DAC with a 3 year factory warranty at a great deal.
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