Post by garbulky on May 20, 2018 22:25:27 GMT -5
Why yes I have (or at least the PT-100).
The PT-100 is close to the DC-1. But not quite its equal.
But it has the same tonal sound signature of the DC_1. Its preamp capability to drive Emotiva power amps is also quite good. Think of it like a little brother to the DC-1.
Very close but the DC-1 provides that last bit of refinement. Since I was quite used to the DC-1, the fact that this one was so close but lagged just a hair was enough to turn me off. But truth be told, it's quite good.
The XDA-2 comes in a ways behind both the PT-100 and DC-1 - at least in my opinion. You couldn't pay me to take it. Its main weakness is its preamp functionality lacking in dynamics when driving power amps. Interestingly it was also similarly poor when listneing to headphones using its lackluster headphone amp. I was listening to some music and finally decided to just focus on the actual volume changes of instruments within the tracks and sure enough the whole presentation was just weak. Lifeless sound is the best way I could put it.
So imo, the PT-100 is an upgrade to the XDA-2. The DC-1 was at the top of the heap but not by a long ways when compared to the PT-100.
In comparison the Mytek Liberty DAC provided just a hair bit more refinement in the treble than the DC-1 but that could have been just its tone. I ended up liking both and could have lived with either one. The same went for the Rega DAC.
The Schiit Gungnir multibit had a more harsh/raw sounding treble than the DC-1 and a bit more bass slam capabilities. However it came out on top with timing doing very well in microdynamics and I was able to follow individual melody lines of minor insturments in songs much easier. In the end it's lack of features and slight loss of resolution compared to the DC-1 in the treble ended up with me not wanting to purchase it. Weirdly it had both better resolution and also worse resolution in audio depending on what facet you were examining.