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I purchased this great DAC new from my local authorized dealer in black just a few weeks ago.
I am only selling because my local dealer just listed some demo Classe gear I want to upgrade to.
I heard a spacious acoustic and strings with a pleasant, meaty buzz, nicely complementing an appropriately percussive piano. I heard something similar with Marc-André Hamelin's Live at Wigmore Hall (CD, Hyperion CDA66765), one of my 2012 Records to Die For: a great sense of the acoustic space, and a solid, impactful piano with nice transients on the leading edges. (I played both of these recordings from actual CDs using my Ayre Acoustics CX-7eMP CD player as transport, connected, via the Ayre's AES/EBU digital output to the NuWave's S/PDIF input, by a Canare transformer and a Stereovox HDVX coaxial cable. It worked flawlessly.) Generally, with good recordings, the density and placement of images—from side to side and from front to back—were very good.
I listened to the NuWave DAC for more than a month, and from the get-go what I heard was a very dense, rich, and fluidly rewarding way with music. The PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC offers the ability to play every common file format you can buy, exceptional build quality, and a way with your music that will leave you wanting more: Whether that's more time to listen or more music to listen to is up for grabs.
Digital Audio Review
The PS Audio machine is a good music maker, with serious rhythmic drive, and in this regard at least, the Mytek’s peer. The NuWave’s forward-lean with momentum makes jazz, electronic, and classical music a joy to dig in to. It creates an intimate and upfront musical performance that’s big hearted, fleshy and enthusiastic.
I remain surprised that a DAC this good is available for close to a US grand. Perhaps this is the DSD-able DAC that will set the pace for all comers in its price range.
If I were told I would be required to live with the NuWave DSD DAC as my go-to digital machine, for say, the next year or so, I’d be a happy surfer on (its) sine waves. Indeed, I would count myself lucky among audiophiles.
The flexibility to play native DSD and to convert PCM to DSD via a music player like JRiver Media Center makes it a compelling value for anyone looking for a reference-quality digital-to-analog converter. Is DSD even necessary? To answer my own question, yes—especially in the implementation seen here with the NuWave DSD. Having this unit has made one thing very clear to me—my DAC was without a doubt the weakest link in my system. The NuWave DSD is the complete package and a keeper—very highly recommended!