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Old 11-19-2018, 05:57 PM
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With the recent great discount on this DAC, I can't help but wonder if there is a new one in the pipeline.
Seems a huge discount for a manufacturer to offer, unless they are clearing stock for a new model.
Am I just blowing smoke, or is there a new model in the near future?

Want to buy a DAC very soon, but would prefer the newest technology.

Thanks,
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:07 PM
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With the recent great discount on this DAC, I can't help but wonder if there is a new one in the pipeline.
Seems a huge discount for a manufacturer to offer, unless they are clearing stock for a new model.
Am I just blowing smoke, or is there a new model in the near future?

Want to buy a DAC very soon, but would prefer the newest technology.

Thanks,
There is a new DAC coming but it will be many times the price of this one.

BTW: I am even beating PS Audio’s direct deal (this week only)
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:47 PM
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There is a new DAC coming but it will be many times the price of this one.
It seems as though my interest has been piqued...
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:11 PM
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Read on the PS forum that the expected price of their new Signature DAC is likely ~$20K but since the design is not finalized that's just a guess. It will have two chassis with an optical connection between them.
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Yes Ted Smith's Signature -will be pricey and take many months if not 1 year + before it hits the stores. The DSD at the kind of deal Ivan can do for you sounds a great proposition, plus you can play with the firmware versions as PSA continues offering them (free of charge), which all but delays the obsolescence process.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:31 AM
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This product just keeps getting better and better. TAS just had a big digital review - and onthe two basic DAC reviews - both reviewers compared the dacs to their own DS - the junior and the senior. In one case, the manufacturer response seemed pretty miffed as the reviewer went on and on about the Directstream’s attributes. And that was with Redcloud - the prior release. Lol
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This product just keeps getting better and better. TAS just had a big digital review - and onthe two basic DAC reviews - both reviewers compared the dacs to their own DS - the junior and the senior. In one case, the manufacturer response seemed pretty miffed as the reviewer went on and on about the Directstream’s attributes. And that was with Redcloud - the prior release. Lol
Because of the great reviews from this forum and others, I took advantage of the great promo offer from Ivan and bought one; should be receiving this weekend. Can't wait to try it!

Few newbie questions:
* I heard that DS DAC needs to be burned-in for an extensive period of time (~400-500 hours) before it is optimal. Can I let it run non-stop 24/7 for 3 weeks?
* Would the burn-in process work if I simply stream music from a laptop connected to the DAC via USB without turning on the Amp/Pre-amp?
* Is a SD Card 4 Gb size adequate for download/upload?

Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:26 PM
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Yes to all three.
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Few newbie questions:
* I heard that DS DAC needs to be burned-in for an extensive period of time (~400-500 hours) before it is optimal. Can I let it run non-stop 24/7 for 3 weeks?
* Would the burn-in process work if I simply stream music from a laptop connected to the DAC via USB without turning on the Amp/Pre-amp?
* Is a SD Card 4 Gb size adequate for download/upload?

Thanks.
Yes, you can run it non stop 24/7. Don't fret so much about the break-in time, you might not hear much difference after 100 hours or so. Some do some don't.

Yes, the DS just needs to be playing music and the Amp/Preamp does not be on.

A 2GB SD is recommended. A 4GB SD may or may not work.

Enjoy the DAC.

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Yes to all three.
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