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Finally hooked this up after receiving it in early January from the last drop. Easy setup - unpacked, plugged in the tubes, plugged in the power cord, turned it on, waited 5 minutes, plugged in my HD6xx, plugged it into my Dragon Fly Black with Tidal Hi-Fi Master quality and... great! Stock tubes, sound fine to me. To my ears, everything is clear and details are definitely all there. Vocals seem a little more smooth and the HD6xx's sound much better than on my Shiit Asgard. I still have to play it a lot more and try it with my Schiit Modi 2 Uber, but for now I am happy and I have no complaints (strangely the tubes were a bit dusty, but no problems).
1. Well recorded music is much more quiet in volume than "modern" more compressed tunes. The Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Sessions" has to be turned a bit past 12 O'clock - it is missing a tiny bit of headroom with stock tubes so far
2. Many newer (compressed) songs have good volume at 7-10 O'clock for most songs on streaming (320kbs and Flac)
3. Turning up newer music past 12 O'clock does not get louder - just more distorted.
4. I would call this sound fairly neutral with some taming of upper treble - it smooths out some harsher recordings.
hi! I have a similar setup and I was wondering how you set up the Dragonfly to work as a passthough DAC (instead of an amplifier). Thanks!