The Denafrips Ares II is a pretty incredible value at $750 (S$1028), it is a no-frills device with tank-like build quality and a natural analog sound signature that will please many digital-skeptics. A lot has been made about this DAC’s ability to punch above its weight, and I do think it sounds better than many competing units in and above ...
That's correct, @martin778. Streamer->USB Output-> GAIA DDC->HDMI i2s->Terminator-Plus DAC GAIA is a DDC, Digital To Digital converter, it accepts USB/Coax/AES/Optical input. For computer audio system users, I would highly recommend a DDC as the DDC helps to isolate the computer noise...
Besides Ruijtenberg's work as an electronic and acoustic designer, he was already an audiophile for many years. As a result, lots of audio products were made for his own use and in many cases, they were based on electronics and part that he used for his daily job.
With USBridge, I found the Denafrips Iris DDC was better than the Digione Sig + PSU (and actually cheaper considering the PSU). The Hermes was slightly better than the Iris. Stock Macmini M1 was quite a bit better than USBridge with all the bag of tricks, And much better than 2012 Macmini or 2011 MacBook Pro. #191.
SWEET-SPOT of DENAFRIPS DDC. More than 8 sets of Ultra Low Noise, Precision Linear Power Regulars along with oversized O-Core Transformer, delivers clean power to the digital circuitry effortlessly. We do not limit the HERMES to process only the USB signal. We raised the bar. The HERMES accepts USB, SPDIF (Coax, TOSLink, AES/EBU) inputs.
That's because superior reclocking became a Denafrips leitmotif ever since the Terminator Plus sprouted 45'1548MHz and 49'152MHz clock outputs which later also hit the Terminator II. This met the D/D converter family of Iris, Hermes and Gaia whose equivalent clock inputs can sync to the terminatin' master clocks.
Has anyone added a Denafrips Iris or Gaia to a Terminator that they already had? I'm tempted by the new Hermes but not sure there's any problem to fix. Anyone been amazed or disappointed? One thought, if you go Terminator-plus, you can run a very good clock out of the T-plus back to any of their digital converters and have an end-game digital path.
HERMES (16) 16 posts. IRIS (22) 22 posts. TERRA (1) 1 post. PRE POWER (21) 21 posts. ATHENA (14)
(Denafrips Hermes, Pi2AES, Schiit Eitr, ifi Igalvanic) - YouTube. Click to expand... I trust that reviewer's ears in general but I am a bit mystified with much of that video based on what I have heard for myself. Heckyman, Jun 22, 2021 #93.