sorry, finger moving faster than the brain. CORRECTION: in order to upsample to 24/192 they use two AES/EBU digital connectors
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I had become increasingly unhappy with the muddled sound from my Mark Levinson Model 36 DAC and started shopping around several months ago. I was able to compare the dCS purcell/delius combo with the M-L 30.6 Reference DAC. I thought that the former had marginally better resolution. When I sought out Bill Parish's advice at GTT Audio
I have the Audio Logic 2400, and use a Forsell Mk. IV (just updated) transport. I have been very happy with the sound of this combination. I borrowed my dealer's Purcell (dCs) upsampler to see what it could do. After it warmed up, I couldn't live without it, so I bought one from him. I'm sure it does more than just upsample, but I'm absolutely sold on it. Another step closer to analog in harmonic rightness, dynamics without strain or stridency, particularly in the high frequencies. I have also heard the MSB III with and without upsampling (there's a switch on the back) and found the upsampled output to be preferable, though not as dramatic as the Purcell. It looks like the concept is showing up in a number of processors (such as the Bel Canto). The only negative I've got to report is that, at least to some people (such as my dealer), some discs may sound overly lush with the Purcell in the signal path--they prefer a leaner sound, and it varies from disc to disc. I have no such complaints, but I listen primarily to classical music. Hope this helps.
One of the nice things about the dcs purcell and delius is that you can choose between four different decoding options (dither) and change the sound from a bit quicker and faster to a bit richer and warmer (from the remote even). It makes it easier to fit into more systems than a dac without such flexibility.