Back packing DACing. Raspberry Pi-ing
Well, I must have approaching 100 hours on the IQaudio DAC+ - remember, I mentioned that along with all the DLNA waffle ;-)
It's sitting atop the RPi2, and cost from memory, about 34 quid.
I'm nicely impressed. It's getting more neutral as I play it - I played it unconnected for several days so I didn't have to listen to the painful early stages.
First the good: I'd be very happy to have the DAC as my main source. It's good, balanced and doesn't manage to annoy me.
Then the bad (or is it the ugly?): at present, it isn't a match for the RPi/Digi+/Young combo. The soundstage isn't as deep, or quite as wide, so for me, the experience isn't as involving. The second worry is it doesn't present the detail and nuance I love. It's introduced a thin curtain over that window we clean with our upgrades.
And finishing with the proviso: I am a detail nut. Ask @Alan about what he said about my system last week. I think it boiled down to 'detail over substance', or something along those lines. He may like the IQ DAC more than me, because there's a solidity about it (especially at the bass end), but there's a reason I have a set of Colin's SECAs. I want to hear the texture of strings, the shape of percussive events (that's for you Ben :-) ) and the wacky phasing you find buried in some electronica.
It looks like the IQ DAC won't be dislodging the Young and PSU, unless it improves substantially. However, I'll be happy to have it in my office system.