I went to pick up my Theta Data Basic II CD transport and Audionote 1.1 Dac on Sunday. This morning I connected it to my system. It came with upgraded power cords and interconnect all for $800.
This is the best upgrade I Have done since buying my SDA's. The soundstage increased from about 12' to 25'. The bass is very detailed yet tuby. On many CD's I feel as if a very high quality subwoofer system was added. Not loud, just there. I started this morning with the idea of listening to a few songs before I got started with other activities. That was at 9:00 AM. It is now about 10:30 PM and I think I've gone through half of my collection of CD's. Ones I never cared much for are jaw dropping experiences. A CD player is a player is a player? No! There are huge improvements to be had. Night and day. With my previous player (which is better than anything else in the under $1000 range) I would have tired of listening after a few hours. My Pioneer DV-47Ai playing SACD or DVD-Audio sucks compared to this setup. What is the point even of having more resolution if it doesn't sound as good as quality equipment??