Ye know what I'm thinking this approach is killer. Back in the golden days of sound, when circuits were built to sound great with little consideration for mass market. Top quality components, hand wired, high current and meticulous craft were maybe some of the ingredients that went into great equipment.
Not forgetting all multitrack machines had electronics for the audio path to interface the particles out of those machines into sound. The same priciple obviously applies to digital conversion.. now if that part of the process is so critical to good sound, why not stick that time honoured analogue design right there with the digi gadgets. If anything all but the best transistor designs are probably a compromise tonally in some way, even if they achieve their ruler flat "transparent" goals, adding to that that digital has had to come on leaps and bounds in itself due to presuppositions about our hearing mechanism based on lousy maths (I quote tim de P there)
So f#$k it if its got colour (maybe just a tad anyway), perhaps the most important thing is that critical stage of the process has been married with absolutely bloody high end components and discrete stages based on old ideas that just sounded bloody good. Im a believer
The color is the whole point. I'm payin top $$$ for the color. It's so that I have a fixed, static sound quality that become integral in my work. It's an anchor and I'm planning on it becoming part of my signature. I hope.
and MY point is mate, one is not paying top $ JUST for the colour, well YOU might be, but the unit will bring you far more than that whether you are aware of it or not, in terms of fluidity, purity, soundstage and microdetail. Enjoy!
this is a very special machine
lots of harmonic enhancing color, huge output headroom (+30..) it uses a cinemag transformer-output stage that appears to extend the bottom down another couple octaves....deep deep bass that is thick and weighted. Very punchy and will saturate at various amounts of level depending on how much you push it...Without trying to push it, it offers a blissfully subversive harmonic enhancement in tone and "size" of the source. The amplifiers are paying homage to the ampex 351 circuit. It sounds like that...or perhaps using 8-matched pultec's in your mix, or something groovy of that ilk...Stacked up to 8 channels, the DA8V is a Digital Slave to an Analog world. Tubez all the way from the PSU to the Amplifiers. Yea baby!