WARM, FUZZY, AIRY, AND BOMBASTIC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I was one of the first users of the MSB Link DAC in the early 90s. Exited the audiophile scene for 8 years and just recently got back to it again. The DAC has come a long way and imrpoved throughout the years. The Burr Brown was king then but today the ESS Sabre wears the crown. I researched and read reviews about DACs in the market before making the purchase and there are tons out there with many price points. The Peachtree DACIT came out strong and I knew it would be a great partner with my budget Onkyo CD 7030 as a transport. It arrived, plugged it in, and it performs as expected and hoped for. The DACIT is very musical, sounds robust, full sounding throughout the sound spectrum. The bass is powerful, defined,and controlled. The mid-band is hefty and robust like you would get from a tubed system but not dull. The highs has enough sparkle to make cymbals sound like cymbals not fatiguing.The soundstage is wide and deep with superb front to back layering Female voices are rendered with definition and inflections. Melody Gardot's My Only Thrill CD is amazing. Instrumentals are first rate. The DACIT can wrestle with the big boys costing 3 to 4 times more and comes out smiling. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE is the USB section. I was totally floored to hear amazing musical quality when playing ripped lossless CDs and streaming internet music from my laptop. The resulting sound quality from direct connection from the laptop is outstanding and I can't really ask for more resolution.
Pros: The DACIT is very resolving, musical, full sounding from top to bottom, warm, lively, sounds almost like a vinyl without the "high maintenance". I hope it has a pretty good life span for many years and hours of music. The ESS Sabre 9023 DAC is the magic plus the proprietary circuitry. Viva Crutchfield for the exceptional service, even in Guam I feel the love...
Cons: The blue lights are too bright, it makes my room at night feel like a sleazy sweaty bar in Thailand. Don't know how long those lights will last and how they will be replaced later on. Trying to figure out how to connect an IPad3 to the DACIT...hhmmmm