Topic: Impulse response of ADI-2 DAC
I'm relatively new in this region and trying to understand problems with pre and post-ringing, impulse response and some other artifacts in sound produced by DAC. My ears are quite sensitive and I like normal real-like sound :-) In the past I had some top end CD players from Pioneer and Denon and I liked their sound. I don't care some noise, but I care natural character of the sound (impulse)
Now I have expensive player with ESS Sabre 9038PRO and I don't like it very much :-(
Today I ordered ADI-2 DAC and I will test it in few days and I hope I will like it, because I'm looking for one great solution for D/A conversion, headphone amp, pre-amp with XLR output and remote of course :-) DSP and other features are great at this price...
And I'm tired from temporary Hi-End audio world full of marketing and snake oils.
And now my question: How can I understand of impulse response of this new Denon DCD 2500NE with Alpha processing?
Here is the link with measurements:
And how to compare this perfect impulse with your unit? For me, it seems, that Denon must sound better, but I'm not sure if I'm correct and if some other parameters matters more. I don't have Denon home and I know that it is no versatile piece of gear, I don't care for money too much, but I care about my ears and natural sound. And I also don't want to have full house of equipment. :-)
Can you please comment this question and give me some advice for setting ADI-2 DAC with MAC and Audirvana+ (also new thing for me) and playing files from MAC (FLAC, WAW, ALAC and Tidal stream) for best sound possible? If I should upsample 44,1 files or not, if I should care about USB cables (length - is 3m too much?, isolation,...) Should I care about "Jitter" or how to set clock in RME unit, or leave it in default setting?
Thanks beforehand for help.