PS Audio’s New DirectStream DAC
PS Audio has a solid following for its DACs. Fans buy them for their low noise, high level of intrinsic detail and most of all their sheer musicality. StereoNET spoke to Mike Kirkham of Magenta Audio, Australian distributors of PS Audio who can finally reveal some local AU information.
Whilst they’re not cheap, PS Audio doesn’t have trouble attracting a horde of buyers. Ditto for its latest DAC, the remarkable new DirectStream DAC. Hand written, discrete, perfection based digital to analog conversion that uncovers all the missing information that has been hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DirectStream to ten times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier.
The public launch of the DirectStream DAC has been wonderful. Nothing but extremely positive comments and plenty of interest. This is pure DSD done right.
Shipping is scheduled for mid April - Australian RRP is $6995.
Upgrade kit details - If customers wish to perform an upgrade from either a MKI or MKII PWD to a DirectStream it will cost them $3495 and sound identical to a new DirectStream. Kits will be user serviceable and as easy as the MKI to MKII upgrade. The three boards inside the PWD will be replaced. The only remaining items from the PWD will be the chassis and front panel display board.
View Scott McGowan's keynote speech and lead designer Ted Smith's technical presentation:
For more information visit Magenta Audio.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.
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