Could not agree with you more! If you paid around $2500 it really is the bargain of the century. I think it sounds so good because of the unique D/A stage designed by Wayne Colburn at Pass. Does yours have the 24/96 upgrade? If not, you may want to look into it. Wayne replaces the four Burr-Brown PCM64K Dacs with eight(!) Burr-Brown PCM 1704K Dacs as well as some other changes. Also, if you decide to use the volume control on the D-1 feeding your amp directly, bypass it and use a Placette Audio Remote Volume Control in a fully balanced configuration. It takes the D-1 to level that must be heard. It is very simple to bypass the D-1 volume control (just give Wayne a call at Pass- it is a matter of cutting two wires) and the metal film resistors in it. You output direct to the RVC which has 125 steps and uses the Vishay S102 metal foil resistors. The D-1 has plenty of output (around 4 volts) to be used with a passive device such as the RVC. Just make sure your power amp has a fairly high input impedance and use short interconnects from the RVC to the amp. This combo sings! If you think you have detail and dynamics now....... Congrats on your purchase and just enjoy the D-1.....it's that good.
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