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  • PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC Review

    I recently completed my review of the PS Audio DSJ DAC. It converts all PCM files to DSD 10x and upsamples DSD files to DSD 10x as well. This is the first DAC that made my Beatles 24 bit files sound good and of course it shines with native DSD files.

    The PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC is another member of the class of audio components that exudes pride of ownership from the time it lands on your doorstep. No flimsy cardboard boxes here folks. The DSJ comes double boxed with the outer box in plain cardboard to fool nosy audiophile neighbors with a predilection for... Read More ยป
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

  • #2
    Solid too!
    Dave Clark
    Editor and Publisher, Positive Feedback
    www.positive-feedback.com

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    • #3
      I wonder how this Jr compares to Sr in sound. It looks like a winner.

      I like this comment in your review Mark "" something I could listen to vice gnashing my teeth.".
      Chris
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      Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cpp View Post
        I wonder how this Jr compares to Sr in sound. It looks like a winner.

        I like this comment in your review Mark "" something I could listen to vice gnashing my teeth.".
        More money was spent on the circuits and layout of the Sr so I expect there are meaningful differences to be heard. I think the Jr represents the closest PS Audio could come to the Sr given the price point they were working with. As Dave Clark mentioned above, the Jr is "solid." Very solid I might add. You can't help but be impressed as you unpack the Jr and hold it in your hands and look at the quality of construction and feel the weight of it.
        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mep View Post

          More money was spent on the circuits and layout of the Sr so I expect there are meaningful differences to be heard. I think the Jr represents the closest PS Audio could come to the Sr given the price point they were working with. As Dave Clark mentioned above, the Jr is "solid." Very solid I might add. You can't help but be impressed as you unpack the Jr and hold it in your hands and look at the quality of construction and feel the weight of it.
          Thanks Mark. I do enjoy your reviews, honest, right to the point
          Chris
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          Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cpp View Post

            Thanks Mark. I do enjoy your reviews, honest, right to the point
            I appreciate that very much Chris.
            Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mep View Post
              I recently completed my review of the PS Audio DSJ DAC. It converts all PCM files to DSD 10x and upsamples DSD files to DSD 10x as well. This is the first DAC that made my Beatles 24 bit files sound good and of course it shines with native DSD files.
              great read and review Mep. I own all you played and the little green apple too. The one word I feel you left out for PCM is bite but your explanation of bad sounds from PCM is spot on. What other reviews have you done. I love your comment of the mytek honesty abounds in your review very cool.

              analog stuff.
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
              otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
              sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
              new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
              thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
              thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
              kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
              phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
              speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
              mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
              digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
              Dacs lampi various

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Alrainbow View Post

                great read and review Mep. I own all you played and the little green apple too. The one word I feel you left out for PCM is bite but your explanation of bad sounds from PCM is spot on. What other reviews have you done. I love your comment of the mytek honesty abounds in your review very cool.
                Thanks Al. I think when you are reading one of my reviews it provides links to my other reviews on the right of the page at the top.
                Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                • #9
                  I was on there for a few hours reading reviews. You guys did three lampi,s even a golden gate all well done reviews . I was so happy when I bought the green apple and so did pointed after I played it lol. I have other beetles including dsd vinyl rips I owned . For no one is one of the best of the bunch in quality .
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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                  • #10
                    I reviewed one of the Lampi DACs. I really liked it.
                    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                    • #11
                      Witch one ? The golden fate was not you I think.
                      analog stuff.
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                      sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                      new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                      thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                      thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                      kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                      phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                      speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                      mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                      digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                      Dacs lampi various

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                      • #12
                        Are you mark Pearson ?
                        analog stuff.
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                        Dacs lampi various

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                        • cpp
                          cpp commented
                          Editing a comment
                          yep he be da man. I really enjoy his reviews.

                      • #13
                        You did a level 4. I had a few of those. And a 5 too. now a 7 that's a great goloden gate Ina 7 box , also a golden gate head dac Ina plain box too. I helped him voice the head dac for him. His stuff is very good . I own a box set of Stevie Ray Von from acoustic sounds a very nicely packaged set . It's clean and clear while I know it's masted as his stuff is always very good it must be from a PCM multi track or master . Anyway the point is I love the guys music but as I say PCM has bite this stuff is a great white shark get my point. No matter what dac I used could Not enjoy this stuff at any Louder volume . I like to play loud so quality and the kind of quality is paramount . The new revamped big 7 with new kron tubes allowed me to blow my ears off lol. So loud without gritting my teeth that I could hear the studio hum direing a quitter passage. It calmed the beast. I owned a ds dac for while nice stuff very well made and with firmware rolling it's a great dac .
                        analog stuff.
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                        Dacs lampi various

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Alrainbow View Post
                          You did a level 4. I had a few of those. And a 5 too. now a 7 that's a great goloden gate Ina 7 box , also a golden gate head dac Ina plain box too. I helped him voice the head dac for him. His stuff is very good . I own a box set of Stevie Ray Von from acoustic sounds a very nicely packaged set . It's clean and clear while I know it's masted as his stuff is always very good it must be from a PCM multi track or master . Anyway the point is I love the guys music but as I say PCM has bite this stuff is a great white shark get my point. No matter what dac I used could Not enjoy this stuff at any Louder volume . I like to play loud so quality and the kind of quality is paramount . The new revamped big 7 with new kron tubes allowed me to blow my ears off lol. So loud without gritting my teeth that I could hear the studio hum direing a quitter passage. It calmed the beast. I owned a ds dac for while nice stuff very well made and with firmware rolling it's a great dac .
                          Stevie Rays stuff sounds really nice on vinyl, I could never get a good feeling about his music using hi-rez either through my Mytek 192 DSD or my ExaSound e22. But drop a needle,he's right there.
                          Chris
                          ----------------------------------------------------------------
                          Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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                          • #15
                            I don't know most of you analog people but I do love the posts and honesty in them. I own a msb stack at the time a 40 k investment even it was not good Stevie on sacds. My lampi seems to tame it though. Instead of buying the set I shroud of bought the vinyls and had bud rip,them.
                            analog stuff.
                            otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                            otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                            sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                            new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                            thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                            thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                            kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                            phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                            speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                            mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                            digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                            Dacs lampi various

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