Don't think there are many of these around yet. May have to give it a month or two before you get responses.
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Lightminer...I have not seen any user reports over there on the BADA series 2? There are some comments on the USB interface, including mine (it's been quite the addition, outstanding piece of gear). I'm waiting on delivery of my series 2 dac, maybe 2 weeks more. I waited 2 months but hey, 5 months for the USB interface and it proved well worth it! Honestly, I could have lived with my series 1 dac forever but curiosity got the best of me:)
Okay, you are right. There is a review here:
In the comments, but I thought it was for Series 2 as the Series 2 product is discussed right next to it but with very careful reading it seems they are raving about the USB product with the old Alpha DAC.
The changes - well the DAC itself is unchanged as far as I know. They did more work around the input from the USB device in order to isolate it more - but it is supposed to be an audible difference from non-Series 1. But, yes, the main thing is the USB asynchronous device.
Chris himself says Dec 21st is the earliest he can see getting a review out. So Christmas orders based on his review will have to be local pickup :).
That thread looks like the place with the most recent info that I can find...
Branislav...I have had my dac now for a couple of weeks but the trouble is I had sold my series 1 several weeks before it arrived. I think I have a good feel for the differences but I have not done a direct A/B not is this device settled in completely.
In general, I would have to say that RH's recent review is accurate. My main objection to his statements may be that I perceive the differences to be more subtle than his rave report suggests. It's absolutely better and it is audible at first listen. The greatest attribute of the series 2 for me is an ease that really does suggest more analog than digital. Imaging is more defined but also sounds more natural. Treble is a bit sweeter. Overall, I am wowed by the dac and there is no other digital device I care to own, regardless of price. FYI, I use it in combination with the Alpha USB and would recommend that for anyone considering this device.
Sabai... admittedly, I'm not much for audiophile verbal expression so my apologies if it comes off as confusing. I guess I was just trying to say that I was able to notice improvements as soon as I began to listen to the series 2 but as a whole, I don't think they are crazy dramatic...just better. These things are so very subjective, it's hard to illustrate on a forum. I love the new dac and I am glad that I made the change, that's about the best endorsement I can give. On the other hand, I still feel as if the series 1 is among the best out there and gets you most of the way there. How to measure the difference between is pretty hard to do.