I recently purchased a D.BOB thinking what the heck. Splurge and see.
It seems that I've experienced 20 years of disappointment with SACD as a format. Unless I was willing to spend 10k plus, I had not heard any players that really rewarded the acquisition of a whole library of DSD discs. I wrote off the good but not great sound as endemic to the format. My 100s of SACDs mostly lay unplayed as high resolution streaming became a fulfilling medium.
Installing the D.BOB has changed my audio life. And it's not just the amazing sound of SACD through my Mytek Brooklyn+ fed by the D.BOB, but all media from my oppo 105D through a current generation HDMI seems to be producing extraordinarily fine sound with spacious images that render newly discovered information. I want to listen all day. I dream about the sound.
To say that I'm grateful would be understated. But, Thank you for this brilliant device. Wow!
This should be a mandatory piece for any serious audiophile. Reg CD and SACD thru my DAC sound unreal. To say you're hearing your music as you never have is an understatement. Thank you for making something that brings a whole new level of enjoyment. Best money ever spent.
I Pounced (submitted to Kal Rubinson on Stereophile website)
Submitted by chrisoz on April 28, 2020
“Hi Kal, I decided it was time to upgrade my Ayre C-5xe and purchased the D.BOB from Eric Geer in January. There was no way to buy it in Australia, I had tried online. Eric was extremely helpful even though he was attending NAMM at the time. I use it with a Chord Hugo TT2 and Cambridge Audio CX-UHD transport. The Chord TT2 accepts DSD via DoP on S/PDIF. I have also used it with a Chord Qutest. It has worked flawlessly and I’m completely happy with the D.BOB”
“I received the D.BOB yesterday, it was very simple to hook up and worked perfectly!
I can now get far superior sound quality using my DirectStream DAC rather than the inbuilt Sony unit. This is a far better option than investing in a very expensive SACD player that doesn’t have all the functions of the Sony when used as a DVD player”
“Please put me down for your next HiFi invention; whatever it is, I want one!”
US Patent No. 11,137,970
IMPORTANT: Please see transport and DAC compatibility notice on System Requirements page.
EXTRACT DSD64 and up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM from DISCS to an EXTERNAL DAC
Unlock the DSD64 and hi-res PCM from your SACDs and Blu-ray Audio discs, then output the data stream to an external DAC for D/A conversion with full HD copy protection
- Extracts DSD64 and PCM up to 24/192 from the HDMI data stream from a player/transport with HDMI out
- Outputs DSD64 via the DoP (DSD over PCM) protocol and hi-res PCM up to 24/192 through the S/PDIF Coax and Toslink Optical outputs to an external DAC
- Fully HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) and copy protection compliant
- HDMI pass-through for player menu settings and other video uses
- Mini-USB for firmware updates
- DC 12V input for battery power
- Grounded 3-prong power cord