Scale Windom Peak
The PS Audio DirectStream and DirectStream Junior DACs are unique. They are the world’s only DACs upgraded—rebuilt and improved—for free, via software. Every few months we’re giving owners a new DAC.
While traditional DACs rely on fixed architecture integrated circuits, and cannot be upgraded via software, the DirectStream series fundamentally change the way we think of Digital to Analog Converters. DirectStreams are built around field-programmable architecture and, while they’re certainly not the only FPGA based DACs, they are the only ones with new and improved sonic performance offered free to their owners.
DirectStream’s last upgrade, Snowmass, was a major step forward in sonic performance. And within a few days, we will climb to even higher peak performance with the introduction of Windom. Windom is perhaps the single biggest upgrade to DirectStreams yet.
One of my favorite audition tracks is by the late Leonard Cohen from his Ten New Songs album, with harmonies (and songwriting credits) by singer Sharon Robinson. The track, Alexandra Leaving, is based on a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy, The God Abandons Antony. This is a track I have listened to hundreds of times. To say I know it well is an understatement.
Listening on Snowmass it sounds great. Both Cohen and Robinson are in synch and harmonizing as a pair. Switch to Windom and suddenly it’s as if the track had been remastered on better equipment. Now it is clear Robinson is either on a separate microphone or separately enhanced with reverb of her own (or maybe even done at a different time). Clear and distinct are the two singers where before, and on every other DAC and system I have auditioned, it sounds great but it’s not right.
Windom gets it right. And tonal balance? Holy Maloney. Rich, full, and right. Wowsers.
If you’re a DirectStream owner, hold on to your hat. Your DAC just took a huge leap past every other DAC in the market.
And for free.
And for those who aren’t DirectStream owners, well…just a little jab. It’s great to get a new DAC every few months or so.
Windom launches Wednesday, October 2nd. Audiophile Day.