Review: North Star design Impulso DA converter
I have had a good number of dacs this Impulso dac I have in my second system.I have owned north star digital in the past and it is always musical.
This new dac has the Sabre 9016S - select tested dac chipset.the interior parts quality is very good it uses a dual fuse circuit which I replaced
With a Furutech fuses that give this dac an even more clear low level clarity. One thing I noticed after breakin which was after 10 days
The soundstage is very good and extends outside the speakers and is
Very airy with a decent recording.the midrange is very fleshed out
and detailed, with a slightly warm character,but not as warm as a Burr Brown chipset, such as the $800 Teac unit. I feel this unit has better balance .the Bass is fast and detailed more so then full and slow.the Rega Saturn good balance but the North star was more true to voices and instrumental shadingsI listened to rock, jazz male and female vocals I have over 9,000 flac,or wav files to test .
The DSD downloads I bought truly transform this dac with a very natural
Highly detailed presentation.for a dac that retails for $1250 this is a true bargain and money well spent,and it is designed,built,and tested in Italy
And is serviced here in the U.S . Some of the Chinese units have to
Be shipped back to China if there ever was a problem. P.s the Asynchronous USB-2
Is the best sounding connection.i have this using Wireworld Silver starlight USB cables,running with a Auraliti
P.K-90 digital player which is Excellent,with a 2T external hard drive with Dsd files,Flac,and Wav Files and controlled by my IPad .
Mit terminator cables ,wireworld Silver starlight usb cables Rogue Atlas SEamp
Teac dsd Dac ,Rega Saturn,