T+A DSD 8 DAC v. Lampizator Atlantic DSD only


My current setup: Sonictransporter server (i7 quad core purpose built to run HQP) running Roon into Modwirght Transporter(max rez 24/96) into Cary SLP-05 pre into Modwright 150 SE powering Aerial Model 9s.

 

I have loved my MW TP, but I think it is now about out of date, at least for my main system. I  purchased the Sonictranpsorter server for HQP because I would like to upsample all my FLACs to DSD 512. At least at first I intend to plug the ST into a Regen and the Regen into the USB on whichever dac I use. I would love to also use a Microrednu but it does not have drivers compatible with these dacs for 512.

 

I have heard and enjoyed Lampis before although in very different setups than mine. I doubt I will have an opportunity to demo one in my system (although Lampi does have a 7 day return). I like the sound of tube gear generally. I like a wet sound. Holographic imaging, rich tonality, and natural. I have issues with fatigue on ultra resolving systems.

 

Even though it is SS, I am nonetheless intrigued by the T+A. First, a number of reviews  (including especially Michael Lavorgna's on Audio Stream)  suggest that it competes with the very best (and most expensive) DACs made when playing 512. Second, while not cheap, it is way less than the apparent competition. An Atlantic Lampi requires expensive upgrades to be able to play 512 and for balanced outputs.

 

So, if anyone has experience with these dacs, I was wondering how you would compare the sounds? Is the T+A something that would likely work for someone with my tastes? Can the sound of the T+A be tweaked to sound more tubey with HQP and/or the filters built into the T+A? And, keep in mind that I do have a tube pre and I can tube roll the 6sn7s.


Thanks in advance for the input.

shredder
Oh, and Rutherford Audio will be lending me a T+A for a demo.

Ask AudiophileBill at Whatsbest forum. He had the SGM with the T+A for a review of the SGM and owns a GG Dac.

If price is the major consideration, the T+A will be great option (its sweetspot will be at DSD512). My only concern is your expressed sonic preferences...I think a Bal Atlantic DSD only will perhaps suit you better...but will cost more.

Thanks. I contacted A-Bill and posted this on the forum.