Discussion in 'Closed Loaners' started by purr1n, Oct 3, 2015.
@Skyline will be shipping this out to @Colgin on Thursday
It actually showed up to my place a day late...just got it about 5 minutes ago, in fact.
Can I get a small extension?
@Colgin drop me a PM with your addy, so I can have everything ready to go. Thanks!
I won't speak for others, but I am certainly fine if you have several days more. My LC is supposed to finally arrive tomorrow, although I am dubious that its interminable, Pony Express ride from West to East, seemingly stopping in every state one day at a time, will actually come to an end before the New Year. Regardless, I am happy to wait a little longer if others are. I will PM you my address so you have it.
Not a problem please ship it out on Saturday then.
received today and listening to it now.
I didn't post any impressions, so from my quick 2-day listen: I was very impressed!!! I was not expecting much from a DAC -- expecting there to be little difference at all between the cheap ODAC I use with my Macbook Pro or from my cheap Philips CD Player. Boy was I wrong!!
Compared to both the ODAC, the Bifrost Multibit was considerably smoother! Less grainy or "artificial" sounding. However, the most drastic improvement was in sound/headstage. With the ODAC, the performers were very much inside my head and close together. With the Bifrost Multibit the performers separated -- considerably. Not only were they "outside" my head, but there was a distinct impression of distance between each. Now it was as if I was sitting in the first row of an intimate concert. What a drastic change.
Compared to the Philips CDP, the changes were similar, if a little less so. The Philips CDP is not as grainy or "closed" in sounding as the ODAC. I typically listen with my CDP, as I don't really like the ODAC, and prefer to listen to entire albums while reading the liner notes, etc.
I used HD 580's and Paradox headphones and a variety of music including Paul Simon, Cowboy Junkies, and a number of Classical pieces.
Again, I was impressed and will save up for a Bifrost Multibit!
Bifrost Multibit on its way to @Hands .
Bifrost Multibit in my possession as of yesterday. Received from Hands.
ship to @The Alchemist after the tour ends.
Bifrost Multibit loaner all warmed up now, and sounding different than cold.
I'm impressed, enough to queue up songs continuously for the past two hours.
Was prepared for the warm tilt, but not all the attack and force I'm hearing in the bass. Perfectly neutral? Probably not. Does the overall tone sound natural? Yeah. Enjoyable? Hell yeah.
Apart from the natural sounding warmth, no other 'global' characteristics such as Wolfson brittleness, etch in the treble, or that telltale Sabre sound. I'd say that's an accomplishment for digital, wouldn't you?
In terms of spatial cues, sounds emanate outside my speakers, but only just so. The bass just blends into the room. The vocalists (where they are prominently featured) are still not 'planted' in the room. Bifrost Multibit at fault? Maybe. Could just as well be my run of the mill integrated.
Something I could see irritating me over time or for certain kinds of music? That 'global' warmth. At times I turned up the volume to bring vocalists or other upper level details forward.
Tested only briefly with the HD650 since my speakers easily out resolve it.
@sphinxvc what speakers did you use and is your hd 650 modded?
@kirayamato - Devore Fidelity Super 8 and yep, 650s are modded (coin, foam, dyna)
Just wanted to provide an update:
Thank you everyone for participating in this tour. As of today the tour has officially come to a close.
Thanks for this! It was very helpful in picking my DAC upgrade...
It's nice that you guys can pull off something like this. Admirable.
I posted some quick thoughts in the Bifrost MB thread.
I'd be very interested to demo the Bitfrost, and compare to my Modi 2U. Up in the NW - Seattle area.
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