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Wondering if anyone else has sampled this upgraded DAC? Very interested in your opinions. For me, the difference between the original and the SE is tremendous. It is hard to single out specific areas of improvement, as literally everything is better. In general terms, I found the original very smooth and warm, but a little bit flat. In contrast, the SE provides numerous "spooky" moments, where an instrument or voice is so lifelike that I have to do a double-take. This anecdote might give a sense of the improvement. A friend of twenty years offered a ticket to see the Brodsky Quartet perform in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. This room is of moderate size, with the audience all seated at floor level, in close to an ideal acoustic. The performance of the Shostakovich cycle was marvellous. A few days later, we listened to the 15th quartet, played by the Emerson Quartet, on the system incorporating the SE. Afterwards, my friend spontaneously commented that he had heard my system previously and thought it good, but this was the first time that he found the experience truly special, and approaching that of a live performance. I rarely change components, so further comparisons are limited. Prior to going computer-based, I used an Audio Research CD1: adding the original Wyred DAC2 was a marked improvement (that is, over the CD1s mid-90s onboard DAC). However, the gap between the SE and original DAC2 is more stark. I've kept the original DAC2 for a second system. Swapping it back in to the main system only confirms my impressions. For me, the SE is brilliant. Cheers, Rob. Mac Mini 4,1 - 8GB RAM; 2TB ext drive; Pure Music; Wyred4Sound DAC2 DSD SE; Wyred4Sound ST1000; Usher Be718s, with GR Research Crossovers, Usher RW-708 Speaker stands; REL Stampede Sub; Wireworld cabling - Ultraviolet USB; Equinox 6 XLR IC; Equinox 6 Sub cable; Eclipse 6 speaker cables.
Item: Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2 Black (PRICE REDUCTION) Location: Sydney Price: $1100 (Shipping Included within Australia) Item Condition: Immaculate condition Reason for selling: Not being used. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The unit has barely burned in and has been in storage most of it's life. Comes with all original packaging. The unit is identical to the picture shown (Black unit, silver buttons) but i'd prefer not to open up the box to take pictures unless necessary. I am selling this unit for a friend who is overseas indefinitely. Pictures: