Since I am currently ampless . . . waiting for my Odyssey amp to arrive . . . I've decided to plug in my Sennheiser HD555s and do some listening tests.
Rogue Audio Metis (as headphone amp)
Oppo 981 HD - CDP
PS Audio DLIII DAC
Dell Inspiron 9400
OK . . .
The Dell was hooked up to the DLIII via Kimber Kable USB. The Oppo used a Signal Cable Coax.
Keb'Mo - Martin Scorcese Presents
Diana Krall - Live in Paris
Patricia Barber - Comapanion
Metallica - Black Album
Incubus - Morning View
Alicia Keys - Unplugged
The Oppo obviously got the hardcopy and the dell played WMA lossless.
My girlfriend switched between sources in a blind test.
I guessed the source incorrectly 73.3333% of the time. I listened to 50 different songs several times each and often guessed the wrong source. This is a major testament to the quality of the PS Audio DAC.
While testing, it was extremely difficult to distinguish between each source. My mind played tricks on me several times as my girlfirend would say she switched the source and to replay the same song previously played. Only she really hadn't switched the source at all! And sometimes when I was sure the source had stayed the same, she had switched it.
I think I may start moving towards listening to music off my harddrive. I love to own the albums, but the ease of use on a computer is amazing.
It will be interesting to see if I experience the same results on my Adagios once my amp arrives.
Has anyone else decided to take the next step in the digital age?