For those dissatisfied with the level of sonic quality available from CDs or digital music formats, the new PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream digital-to-analog converter (DAC) provides a state-of-the-art solution. PS Audio’s philosophy of circuit design focuses on employing recent and emerging technologies to serve the ears of increasingly demanding audiophiles. With that in mind, the Boulder, Colo., company is allowing owners of its standard PerfectWave DAC to update their units to include the DirectStream technology, which uses a proprietary circuit design that promises to unveil subtleties of music that CDs and most digital music formats cannot.
Rather than managing CD-quality digital formats with industry-standard processing, the DirectStream treats these files with the higher-fidelity processing used to create Super Audio CDs, commonly referred to as DSD (for “direct-stream digital”). This results in significantly higher levels of rich detail and low-frequency audio information that would otherwise be inaccessible. A built-in volume control that does not trim sonic information and a broad signal path with ample headroom for all audio signals further improve musical fidelity. These subtle enhancements to the processing path result in sound quality that is more revealing and is truer to the original studio recording.
The DirectStream is equipped with seven digital inputs, including an Ethernet port for streaming. It is priced at $5,995; the company says that it is currently on back order, but that new units should begin shipping next month. (www.psaudio.com)