Since the beginning of the pandemic and the partsdemic: the crazy times we all seem to be accepting as "normal", there is sometimes a light of success shining through. Yesterday afternoon we shipped the first lot of DirectStream MKII DACs to anxious beta testers. What a journey it has been. If memory serves correctly, designer Ted Smith performed 8 revisions of the MK2 board to accommodate the changing parts and packages. As those keeping up with the changes know, at the last moment we found yet another problem. All hands on deck! The problem's been resolved and the solution gave us an even better design. But now they are shipping. And, let me tell you, this DAC is nothing short of extraordinary: quieter (the audio emerges from the black of the deepest velvet), faster, with separation of instruments unlike anything I have ever heard before. A triumph of years of research and development. For those beta testers awaiting theirs, the spigot's been turned on. A trickle today, opening more tomorrow, and the flow at full blast by week's end. We can't wait for you to get your hands on this beauty.
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