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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Quote Originally Posted by nc42acc View Post
    Well I have had time to go through four DACs and do some comparisons.
    1. Denafrips Terminator: The most open, dynamic and transparent of any DAC I have had to date. Amazing realism with vocals like the artist is in the room. Bass dynamics and weight is off the charts compared to the rest. NOS mode and sending it DSD256 from Roon with a microRendu.
    2. T&A DAC8: Very close to the Terminator but just cannot create the "you are there" realism. I am just feeding it DSD256 via Roon so this could change when I have the ability to send it DSD512. Stay tuned.
    3. Holo Spring Level 3: Close behind the T&A but another level of less realism and dynamics. Does some things very well like the bass. Tried it with just USB and I2s with a Singxer. Also sending it DSD512 from Roon and using the NOS mode.
    4. PS Audio Directstream: Scratching my head as this has a very different sound. Not going to put anything in writing until I try it with a few more inputs. I have been using the Bridge II for all my listening so far.

    Remember this is how these sound in "MY" system and will greatly vary with different equipment and setups.
    Hey Marty a friend of mine in Jacksonville has the Terminator and he said, give it a try via the I2S input, with the Singxer SU-1
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Chris I will give that a try as I have heard the same as well. The Singxer and I2s didn't seem to make much of a difference with the Holo Spring.

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    Hey Marty a friend of mine in Jacksonville has the Terminator and he said, give it a try via the I2S input, with the Singxer SU-1
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Would be really curious if the Singxer changes things on the terminator.

    Anyone using terminator with their headphone rig ?

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    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Thanks Joe!

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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Are folks finding s/w upsampling, say to DSD256, and using the Terminator in NOS mode sounds better in their setup ? I have a mixed reaction between s/w upsampling and native bitrate in OS mode - while some recording sounds better with s/w upsampling, other sounds better in OS mode.

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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Hi, Devg.

    This isn't a direct answer to your question because I do not own a Terminator. However, in the last year and a half I have learned a lot about my preferences. Whereas I initially thought I wanted OS capability because it's 'new' and 'it's where technology is making its greatest strides', I have discovered that I really prefer and want NOS sound. I bought a dB Audio Labs Tranquility SE DAC (with Jupiter Cu caps) this year and I love how it sounds. I've used it in three different systems now and prefer it over my Gustard X20u and a Nuprime DAC-9.

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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mresseguie View Post
    Hi, Devg.

    This isn't a direct answer to your question because I do not own a Terminator. However, in the last year and a half I have learned a lot about my preferences. Whereas I initially thought I wanted OS capability because it's 'new' and 'it's where technology is making its greatest strides', I have discovered that I really prefer and want NOS sound. I bought a dB Audio Labs Tranquility SE DAC (with Jupiter Cu caps) this year and I love how it sounds. I've used it in three different systems now and prefer it over my Gustard X20u and a Nuprime DAC-9.

    Regards,

    Michael
    Michael,

    thank you for your feedback. I haven't heard dB Audio Labs Tranquility DAC, so can't say the difference but for the Terminator the OS mode sounds lot better than NOS feeding bitperfect files. However, I can't really put my finger on this DAC and say I am totally impressed. Don't take it wrong - this DAC is very good in its own right. This lead me to find out what's the best way to feed this DAC. Currently I am trying out different HQP filters in NOS mode and see if I can get the best out of it.

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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Hey Chris, I don't think you ever said weather you tried HQPlayer or not? If you have not I would highly advise you load HQPlayer and set it to upsample everything to DSD512 with 48 base clock, run Roon through by setting up a HQPlayer zone; through the T+A. I would be shocked if you then said it was missing the "you are there" aspect any more.
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator dac ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mresseguie View Post
    Hi, Devg.

    I've used it in three different systems now and prefer it over my Gustard X20u and a Nuprime DAC-9.

    Regards,

    Michael
    Btw, Michael have you heard the newly released Nuprime Evolution DAC yet ?

 

 
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