I’ve posted before about my ProAc speakers, but in the last fortnight I’ve brought in the SN3 and Naim DAC, and things have changed.
My initial thoughts were positive - and generally still are - but I’m increasingly aware of an annoying hint of treble harshness at mid to high volumes (varies with recordings of course, but usually around “10o’clock” on the vol pot).
The culprit recordings may well have been the same or worse with the Nova (I still have it but can’t be bothered to compare just yet) but I’m surprised by the conspicuous glare in the upper range.
Amp & speakers?
Source? (Seems mostly when streaming from Bluesound Vault2i).
To my ears and in my system the Hi-Line brings mids and highs forward in presentation but in a good way - adds air/sparkle/clarity.
Anyway another word of caution I do my listening at “8” rather than “10 o’clock” - that can’t be good for your ears surely - god I’ve turned into my parents!!!
I would not qualify my DAC V1/SN2/D2R bright at all. What I did notice though, anything silver as a connection will make the treble glare a bit. Maybe that TQ speaker cable is the cause or even worse the cheap QED. If your dealer has some spare A5s and can borrow them, might be a good idea to try them and see if things calm down.
Interesting. Guess I should try a sound meter and find out where my preferred range is. I do tend to use Roon’s volume leveling when listening to random tracks which is wonderful as some modern tracks are loud by default. My dial is firmly locked at the say 8:50 position (almost 9) for what it’s worth.
I’m with @realdpg and others, I surely don’t find my D2R bright at all especially compared with my old harsh Bowers and Wilken speakers. My ears still burn thinking about them lol
Here’s my opinion. Bluesound Vault as a streamer is not a great choice. I once tried a Node 2i and was rather disappointed. You should consider Auralic Aries G1, Auralic has recently released G1.1 so you might find a good deal on the G1. ProAc speakers like Copper speaker cables. ProAc uses ProAc speaker cable to wire internally. I’d put the BS Vault on your network and stream from it to the Auralic. Oh and try to stick with good cables commensurate with the price of your other gear