Post by Golden Ear on Mar 1, 2012 21:48:47 GMT -5
I received my XDA-1 today and set it up right away. I did 2 different connection. The first one was XDA directly connected to UPA-2 and second I used Marantz preamp to the mix. My initial impression with XDA direct connection to UPA-2, I was floored how much clarity and detailed that was not presently on my Marantz CD player which has elevated ops amps and DAC. In fact, Marantz used some of their high technology on that CD player that can only can be find on their reference series. I never heard my Polk LSi15 sound this awesome in my 9 years owning them. I was about to dispose them because they sound bad like MP3. ;D The ring radiator tweeter produce every last ounce of bits on CD's by having XDA-1. XDA-1, UPA-2 and Polk LSi15 match made in heaven! Even time-life music became more enjoyable. The imaging, soundstaging, detail expand from their previous DAC use in Marantz. Now, having Marantz preamp into the mix gave me the same sound I was hearing before and it appear the sound signature of XDA has been bypassed and Marantz sound became the sound signature. I took the Marantz out and now it will just collect dust as I have no use for it. Some people say at low volume it will loose bits and I did alot of critical listening to that but what I find out it does loose some bits on my system at level 10. I find it's volume to be aggressive even at .5 it's sound loud but I made an adjustment on the back of my UPA-2 to reduce the gain and can turn the setting a little higher. At 45, the sound was so loud that my ear can't take it. I'm not sure if my XDA is linear or log maybe you guys can tell me. All in all, emotiva took my hobby of listening to new height! I'm curios now that XSP-1 will be release in few months and wondering if adding that will add even more resolution?