The previous pages alone already provide plenty of reasons and justifications for the more sophisticated audiophiles to simply go out and own their very own Accuphase DC-37 (for the few lucky ones, a DC-950).
But if you are like me, being of the less sophisticated creed of audiophiles, we have to ask this question:
Just how does it sound?
This DAC is using the ESS9018 DAC chip internally after all. There are a lot of less than ideal ESS9018 implementations out there. How can the DC-37 be any different? Of course it is! It is an Accuphase after all. Why would a company put so much care and attention in user experience and documentation, and churn out a turd?
I’m very disappointed with my Marantz SA11-S2 as it fails to deliver the connection to the music when I’m listening. The same cannot be said with the DC-37, especially with DSD material. DSD never sounded this good!
A disclaimer though. I always let my emotion follow through when I listen to music, to allow the primal side of me a chance to take over. The side effect of this listening method is the brains is never engaged, and that means I hardly take notes. Listening to music this way allows my body (and soul?) to rest from the daily grime, a chance to give the brains a bit of rest and be ready for the next day.
Understandably this method don’t allow for any logical audio reviews, so please excuse this while I try to work out a better solution in the future.