Thanks for the review @Ed Selley, appreciate it. I feel you should have compared it to DAVE though which is more apples to apples as compared to TT2 and Mscaler (Ignoring the price difference). An Msclaer with a DAVE would be about few grand less and may be more comparable if not mistaken. What are your thoughts?
This is a fair point so it probably warrants a degree of clarification. You can place different value emphasis on the features, bespoke hardware and the fact it is built like a bomb shelter but on a more basic level, if you take something like the Krell K-300i and Titan 505 in combination (less, media storage, cable, supports etc) it is currently £17,500 and represents a devastating combination of kit; arguably the most potent spec and performance partnership I've tested for AVF.
Now, for a headphone user, the dCS combined with a pair of headphones at a price that gives you a similar total value but creates a system that can work in any space and type of room. The spec is also extremely comprehensive. Crucially though; the listening experience is arguably even better. I mean it when I say this is the best headphone amp I've ever tested.
Then, there's some other intangibles too. The resale on dCS is very good for example so you don't tend to lose a big chunk of value taking it out the box. This is an expensive device- that's writ large through the whole review but it's not a box of air. You can see where the money has gone.
I was lucky enough to hear a Verdi / Elgar / Purcell system in the late 90’s and it’s stayed within me as the most musical combo I’ve ever heard. So I can well believe that dcs are still producing digital magic.
No, I don’t have the Rossini clock. I think the general consensus is that a Rossini (DAC) on its own is better than the Bartok + Rossini clock combo. Although you don’t have the option of the headphone amp on the Rossini.
John Darko in his video review thought the Bartók with headphone amp option was better for headphone listening due to the crossfeed introduced in the update. I am not Darko, but my takeaway is if you are speaker listening only with no headphones then save the money and get the Tambaqui
Of course one wonders whether you can 'hear' the difference against the RME ADI 2 DAC FS / Pro