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DirectStream Junior Appreciation
New DSJ owner, loving it
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February 24, 2017
9:47 pm
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Blown Away.

That bears repeating… Blown Away.

That’s my first, best attempt to describe my reaction to the sound coming from my new DirectStream Junior DAC. Sure, I could go into specifics: detail, imaging, transients, soundstage, and the big surprise for me – tighter bass. But it’s really about the sound. Wow.

Granted, it’s replacing a DAC that’s a fraction of the cost – but still a real nice DAC. And it allowed me to bypass my preamp – a wonderful preamp IMO. Then there’s the elimination of my USB connected Roon endpoint with the I2S connected Bridge II endpoint. Regardless of the root cause of the huge SQ improvement (or combined causes), I’m hooked.

Hooked.

So, the thirty day trial period? Mr. McGowan, if you need this DirectSteam Junior back… you’re just going to have to build more. I’m keeping this one. ;-) Sorry.

Blame Ted Smith. :-)

Me? I’m delighted, and grateful to PS Audio for making such an outstanding component available at such an excellent price. Thank you folks!

If others have strong, positive feeling about their DSJ, please feel free to share

PS – I had not yet told my wife about the change, since I was still hooking everything up and listening. But she walked by the listening room,  stopped, came in, sat down, listened, and then began telling me what music she wanted to hear. Then continued that for a couple hours. She was hooked too.

The point is… someone who did not even know to be listening for anything different was just passing by, and heard it. And it sucked them in. Compelled them to listen. It’s not subtle.

The following users say thank you to scolley for this useful post:

Ted Smith, Bootzilla, Paul McGowan, stevem2, wingsounds13

Heavily modded Rega RP-6, PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter, Roon, Oppo BDP-103, PS Audio DirectStream Junior, classic Aragon 24k w/IPS, Aragon 8008, KEF LS50

February 25, 2017
6:41 am
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Thanks! I am certain Ted will be thrilled as well. Thanks for publishing this!

Co-founder and CEO of PS Audio. Hobbies (other than audio) include cooking, artisan bread baking, writing The Carbon Wars, hiking and inventing stuff. Infinity IRSV, MG Audio Designs and Audioquest cables, five P10 Power Plants, DirectStream DAC, NuWave Phono Converter, Clear Audio Master turntable, Lyra Cartridge, BHK Monos and BHK preamp, LANRover USB Transporter. I live in Boulder Colorado with my wife Terri, both of us are vegetarians for many decades. If you want to see support my first shot at writing a novel go here.

February 25, 2017
1:00 pm
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Paul McGowan said

…Thanks for publishing this!  

You are quite welcome. Not only am I excited, credit should go where credit is due. And it certainly is due to you folks. Well done!

Heavily modded Rega RP-6, PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter, Roon, Oppo BDP-103, PS Audio DirectStream Junior, classic Aragon 24k w/IPS, Aragon 8008, KEF LS50