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  1. I'm currently listening to CD through the i2s connection (1 meter Audioquest Ocean) and I love it. The first day though......it sounded like **** and i thought something was wrong.
  2. After further listening........the D90 now just sounds wonderful. It's far more transparent than my previous DAC (modified MHDT Labs Balanced Pagoda), and the sound presentation switches according to what I'm listening to. It's very insightful, laying every little detail out there. If the soundstage is shallow, it's because it's in the recording. If it's deep...... recording. I don't think this is the dac for someone who wants to hear their music with added anything, though I'm not sure that this DAC is the pinnacle of transparency either. Speculation on my part of course, but I wonder how much more information it could retrieve with an over engineered power supply. But regardless, I plan on keeping it as i think it would be incredibly difficult to best it for sheer transparency, at or around its price point. Transparency is definitely what this dac is about.
  3. The D90's sound has changed, in my opinion. It used to paint very flat images. It doesn't do that anymore. I think one of the things it lacks, ironically, is dynamic range. I could be wrong though. Again, I'm still listening.
  4. It has 6 filters. I've only listened to 1, as it's supposed to be the most correct.
  5. I've become accustomed to the sound of nos dacs and I truly wish I could turn the oversampling and filters off on the D90.. Thus far, it doesn't sound "bad".....but it sounds less like it's part of a replay device for music, and more like what it is... something that converts digital to analog. Which is the point. But I'm not sure I like it. It sounds better than it did over the first few days....but it's either missing some weight and density, or every other DAC had added them in, and this one is just more truthful. Which may be the case. Still listening and evaluating.
  6. We can acclimate to almost anything. That's the opposite of what I want to do though. I'm not really interested in being ok with something that doesn't sound as good because I've gotten used to the sound. I'm wanting to stick with what is actually a more transparent (to the best of my knowledge) DAC. I'm hoping burn in plays a role and the D90 just sounds better after a week or so.
  7. This is where I'm at. I don't enjoy the music as much though the D90...but then I'm thinking, do I simply take issue with hearing the music more as it is on the disc, as opposed it being massaged for audiophile ears.
  8. I'm interested in your opinion. What were the things you preferred that made you stick with the Topping? Particularly over the Holo? I'm considering the May if the Topping doesn't work for me.
  9. I would be incredibly interested in the findings of someone who's gone from what would be considered a very good DAC, to the D90. I believe that burn in may play a role, and I'm hoping it does. But it does seem as though this is a characteristic of the sound of the DAC, when compared to other DACs. Compared to other Toppings, this may not be the case.
  10. I'm not sure I agree with this, nor do I believe it to be fact. But thank you for your perspective.
  11. I don't disagree. I understand how volume changes can affect listening preference. However I highly doubt that's what I'm hearing. The goal is to move more towards neutrality and more information.... however it seems as though the D90, while possibly more neutral, has less information. The Pagoda isn't a tubey sounding DAC. I recently compared it to a SW1X, and the consensus was that the Pagoda sounded much more "digital" and not like a toucan tube DAC at all. Which I agree with. I don't have warm or euphonic tubes in it either (Reflektor '75 6N23P SWGP Silver Shields). The D90 just sounds thinner and flatter. Now again, this may change. I'm out of town and the DAC is in use some I'm away. I'm hoping I'm happier with it when I return.
  12. It's not the volume levels. I didn't match the volumes exactly, but it's definitely not there volume levels. The two DACs sound different. I was incredibly excited to get the D90, as my goal is to move away from tubes and towards a more accurate, revealing sound. I don't think the Pagoda is incredibly inaccurate, however the sound will inevitably change as the tubes age, and I don't use readily available tubes in the first place. I want to love the D90, and I expected to. But based on the first few days I'm not so sure.
  13. It sounds a bit thin in comparison to the Pagoda, which isn't a warm DAC at all. The Pagoda isn't warm or veiled, but it has more information in the midband. The D90 may be a bit cleaner though.
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