SUPREMO DSD DAC
ΛΙΑΝΙΚΗ ΤΙΜΗ: SATIN CASIC SILVER:3210 EURO.
SATINBLACK: 3285 EURO.
North Star Design Impulso DAC Preliminary Review
- a translation from an Italian press
Great efforts have been made in the house then North Star which has thus renewed range of products dac. In practice, the Excelsio replaces the Usb Dac 32, the Supreme replaces Extremo. Remain for the moment still in production Essensio, plus Essensio and Fluxio.
Then we are going to test the smallest of the new triad with renewed interest in the new products of the great Italian brand, interest even more exacerbated by the fact that the holder of NS had announced new products with his personal satisfaction with the quality achieved. Knowing so many years
Giuseppe Rampino, that person is cautious and calm, it was the first time that he himself was quite warm a presentation of its new product. It ‘so much curiosity, augmented by the expectation of a few weeks and the fact that not so long ago we had already tested with great satisfaction the other two converters of the same brand.
Aesthetically, the new pulse is similar in size all’Essensio, or small sizes, 30 x 17 x 7 cm. Change only the chassis of polished metal, now better finished, and the bigger screen size.
Very few of the commands available in practice only two, namely the stand-by button and input selector, which in this case are 5 inputs, or two digital coaxial and two optical and a USB. As nell’Essensio is not present the I2S input.
The outputs allow the connection in both balanced and unbalanced in. In the display, which informs us about the selected input, there is a blue LED that tells us when a signal is received in DSD format. In this regard, the frequencies are recognized to 44.1 khz and 48 khz. From the instruction manual we learn that it is possible to operate some adjustments on the PCM signal filters, settable in Lo and Hi and DSD, staring at the band – 3 db at 47, 50, 60, 70 Khz. E ‘can also change the phase: 0 or 180 °.
The big news is the ability to be able to use software to DSD 352.8 to 384 khz via the usb input. More and more sites with files to DSD (Direct Stream Digital) See for example the website of Channel Classic Records which has an excellent catalog.
For the PCM instead of the bit rate can go up to a frequency of no less than 384 kHz 32-bit.
Are attached to the product, as well as the instruction manual, also a guide to the configuration of the most popular software used with Mac or Windows. For Mac users have instructions for Audirvana and Pure Music. For Windows users have the instructions on the best setting JRiver and Foobar 2000. These details should cover also the part relating to the reading of DSD data.
We connect the cables to the pulse output signal, connect the power supply, and then connect our PC with Windows 8 after inserting the CD into the computer attached to the packaging as indicated in the instructions. We note immediately that the PC retrieves the drive, install it and recognize it. We open Foobar and 「preferences」 in 「output」 retrieve the new WASAPI device for digital output (PCM-DSD Audio Interface). Perfect, everything went like clockwork.
The impressions? Exciting. The first consideration is that we do have now made real progress for playing music and if liquid until a short time ago the gap in quality between the music played from a CD and streaming music was, for many people, still pro- reading the cd, now, thanks to the development of new technologies, or new drivers, the levels are almost reversed, and more and more people are easily able to get higher quality reproduction by means of a PC.