DAC vs Music Server

I want to preface my comments by saying, this is my experience, I don’t know everything, and your results may vary. I’ve recently compared the Mola Mola Tambaqui, DCS Bartok, and DCS Rossini in my system to my Chord Dave. The most significant differences were between the Rossini and everything else, but the Rossini wasn’t a good fit in my system. A couple of dealers told me that the most significant differences will be found by replacing my DAC. After my experience comparing several DACs, I decided to purchase the Antipodes Oladra music server. I’ve been using the Antipodes K21 and K41. I received the Oladra and wow! The richness of instruments and naturalness of voices, the enveloping soundstage, dynamics, realism, detail while sounding relaxed. Everything across the entire audio spectrum has improved. In my system, the Oladra music server has more impact on the sound than any DAC I’ve tried. It’s a reminder that our own ears are the best tools to decide on what does or doesn’t work in our system.



Roon can sound amazing it all depends on implementation, our 432Evo servers run Roon differently than most other servers we run roon in one of the CPU cores, while running back end server operations in another core, while caching files in yet another core, very difficult programming but the end results is Roon can sound like a good analog frontend, when combined with a great dac.


dave and Troy

Audio intellect NJ

US Importers 432EVO music servers


"Audio is subjective and if you are pleased with the net result then you have won!"

I agree!