Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 Addition

ThortonThorton Posts: 1,244
edited May 2013 in Going Digital
Well, I'm a little late to the game but I picked up a nicely used W4S DAC-2. I chose this DAC based on the reviews and all the write-ups from Polk members. Also, I decided not to purchase an entry level DAC ($200-400) hoping for a significant improvement over my Sonos player. I could not be more happy with the purchase. It was very easy to do A/B comparisons against the Sonos via input selection with level adjustment. Immediately, I could identify the DAC-2 being very detailed and dynamic over the Sonos. The bass is very tight and fast. The highs and mids are smooth, cleaner with more detail. I would say this DAC just sounded more musical and this was noticed with every song that I've played so far. I use to enjoy the quality coming from the Sonos. But after listening to this DAC for an extended period and then returning to the Sonos alone, I could not live without this DAC in my set-up. It will be around for a long time. This is my first external dedicated DAC so I have not compared it to anything else but I would say that this has been one of the best improvements (so far) that I've made to my system in terms of SQ.
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Source: Roon via ethernet to DAC interface
DAC: Bricasti M1SE
Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
Tube Preamp Buffer: Tortuga TPB.V1
Amp1: W4S MC-5, AMP2: W4S MMC-7
Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,693
    edited May 2013
    Thanks...that's the one remaining DAC in my price range that I'd like to audition.
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    2 channel - PS Audio Stellar S300 amp, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, audio optimized NUC7i5 running Windows 10 Pro/JRiver MC24, Matrix X-SPDIF 2 USB interface, Blackbird SSD dock with 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax preamp, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Rythmik F12SE subwoofer, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio power cords, Wireworld USB and HDMI/I2S cables
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Topping D10 DAC, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • zane77zane77 Posts: 1,711
    edited May 2013
    Don't you just love new equipment that upgrades your system?
    Home Theater
    Onkyo PR-SC5508 Sharp LC-70LE847U
    Emotiva XPA-5 Emotiva XPA-2 Emotiva UPA-2
    Front RTi-A9 Wide RTi-A7 Center CSi-A6 Surround FXi-A6 Rear RTi-A3 Sub 2x PSW505
    Sony BDP-S790 Dishnetwork Hopper/Joey Logitech Harmony One Apple TV
    Two Channel
    Oppo 105D BAT VK-500 w/BatPack SDA SRS 2.3 Dreadnought Squeezebox Touch Apple TV
  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,244
    edited May 2013
    zane77 wrote: »
    Don't you just love new equipment that upgrades your system?

    Yep. When you hook up something and it immediately puts a smile on your face is an awesome feeling.

    I forgot in the original post. Thanks to all Polk members on feedback and reviews on this unit. It made my decision and satisfaction that much easier.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Source: Roon via ethernet to DAC interface
    DAC: Bricasti M1SE
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
    Tube Preamp Buffer: Tortuga TPB.V1
    Amp1: W4S MC-5, AMP2: W4S MMC-7
    Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
    Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
    Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
    IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
    Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
    Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,598
    edited May 2013
    Congrats man, sweet dac no doubt.

    comparing the 2 though is apples and oranges. A 1500 dac better sound better than the cheap dac in a 350 buck music streamer. That's why we always recommend a separate dac for music streamers.....at least the cheaper ones anyway. Their ok for a casual listening on their own but a separate dac elevates them to a good cdp status.

    Again, congrats man, you made a wise choice.:biggrin:
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,067
    edited May 2013
    As it burns in, it will sound even better!
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight, PS Audio Direct Stream JR.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

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