The ATH-AD2000X arrived already. 10 year old Stello DAC VS Modi

fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,477
I got these a week sooner than I expected. First I set up the modi DAC with the Atom amp. It sounded OK but i was not impressed. I expected these cans to sound stellar. NOT.
Later I got around to setting up the Stello with the Atom and wow. That's what I was expecting. Bass had more punch and the mids and highs were so sweet and clean. Much more refined. And of course CDs sounded so much better than anything I played on Youtube or spotify. So forget those tiny little $100.00 dollar DACs. They have their place, but are not for me.
The MASSDROP X THX AAA™ 789 LINEAR AMPLIFIER was available for preorder less than a day. I got in too late. I wanted that so bad.upg3jby1pefn.jpg
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SDA-2BTL with custom IC
Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
Harman Kardon T-55c TT
DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,392
    I've got a stello dac laying around here somewhere. I ordered an I2S cable for it and never used it again. I get distracted easily. Was a good DAC for the money.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • fbm211fbm211 Posts: 1,477
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    Id like to try it connected to my headphone out on my Mobo but I had to disable to creative Recon 3D software to get quality sound to my Vanatoo speakers. They sounded terrible with that software enabled
    SDA-2BTL with custom IC
    Adcom 565 monoblocks--Monarchy Audio M-10 preamp
    Theta Data Basic Transport--Stello DA100 Signature DAC--Camelot Dragon Pro2 MK III
    Harman Kardon T-55c TT
    DH Labs Q-10 Signature Speaker Cables With Furez silver plated copper bananas
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Reference AES/EBU
    Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver i2s digital cable
    4 Furutech FP-314Ag with FI-11cu Plugs/FI-11AG IECs--- Power Cords
    DH LABS REVELATIONS ICs-amps
    Revelation Audio Labs Paradise cryo-silver ICs-Source to pre
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