End Users impressions of the JKDAC32
An excerpt from a mini-review of the JKDAC32 by another user: http://www.tirnahifi.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=18691#p18691
Since retiring my Young DAC and Teddy Pardo power supply after listening to the JKDAC32, I have been amazed how much this DAC has opened up. I am not one for all the hifi jargon which often leaves me wondering what it all means but the best way I can describe the sound is something like this, it now has a weight, body, depth and detail I had not heard before. It may be one of those lucky mistakes when I installed the JKDAC using the existing Young driver but the sound is so good I have no desire to try the HiFace driver yet for comparison until I get a little tired of listening to lots of music as it all sounds so good.
This evening for the second time I ran an experiment using my analogue set up against the JKDAC32 using Jplay. For the first time the PC based system left the analogue system behind. I used a fresh vinyl copy of Van Morrison’s “His Band and the Street Choir” against a FLAC rip off the CD for comparison and after repeated switching back and forward with both playing simultaneously all I could hear were the weaknesses in the analogue setup. Now I understand why people spend such crazy money on cartridges, turntables and phono stages. The analogue system sounded soft and lacking real separation of the instruments. Don’t get me wrong here as it is a sound you could easily live with and enjoy if you had not heard the PC based system in comparison and alas I guess this is what happens to us all when we hear a system with greater resolution but still retaining the weight and depth in the music.