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Upsamplers, DACs, jitter, shakes and analogue withdrawals, this is it.

Laid back and in your face (impress-your-friends-with-detail)...

Are likely just the two extremes. Doze off to sleep even at fairly decent listening levels? Laid back!

Edge of your seat with mouth agape? Well, fun for a while but not how I listen to music.

The problem is audiophile shows. Gear that does 'detail' gets the nod in short term listening sessions (and with many in the audiophile press that do show write-ups) and so that's what gets built and taken to shows. Same with booming one-note subs and LOUD volume levels.

If the guy in the corner seat refuses to leave after being in the room for an hour or more, that's the system Ivan wants 'cause I'm that guy in the corner.

"Ivan, we have to pack up." "Show's over." "Please don't cry, we gotta go."

Very few rooms at audio shows are worth staying in for hours on end.

Managed to acquire some of that type of gear over the years. Took a couple decades.

Haven't found the DAC yet though. HOLO May might be a candidate. Audio-GD (PCM-1704 version) is awfully close. Maybe sold the best DAC I have owned when I bought the Terminator as the Terminator had all the controls on the front while filters, etc. on the Audio-GD Master 7 was controlled by jumpers and firmware upgrades could only be done with a separate box (not included) and a Windows PC plus fluency in Chinese. At the time they sounded much alike but...

After hours of listening?

First they came for the dumb-asses
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a dumb-ass

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