Glad you like them, whew! Imo, the Zen is pretty apropriate for the setup you're running, and it doesn't matter which is better on paper or reviewed, it only matters what YOU like. If you still do wanna spend moneyz, maybe you could check out a Chord Mojo or an Auralic Aries Mini (if you wanna remove your laptop from the equation AND you're an Apple user, since it doesn't have an Android app). But again, I think your iFi is very fitting of your system.So everything is here and plugged in! Holly cow... what can I say, blown away. Speakers clearly need some burning in but, straight out of the box, there are already layers on music I can hear again. My test track is usually the not so well recorded opening of Bach's St. John's Passion conducted by Franz Brüggen (Phillips). Choir is multilayered and has this back and forward between front and back. I could never hear the men when they are singing low and and gathering momentum.
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I need to position them better and replace that table etc but pretty impressed. I don't feel like they are slow, probably the amp recommendation helped a lot in that. Bass is plenty and pretty deep AFAIC.
First thing that hit me is the soundstage. There's no middle sweet spot, I can move from left to right and forward or back and it's like I'm inside a bubble of sound that doesn't change! It's a pretty big bubble too, horizontally and vertically.
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Funny that people say DACs all sound the same. I tried both my IFI Zen and the Topping D10 and they sound noticeably different. They already sounded different on my old speakers. It's like the IFI has a more wide soundstage and better separation, even though the D10 is slightly more detailed. I happen to like the Zen better but wouldn't mind to have that little bit of more detail of the D10 on top of what the Zen gives.
I probably won't bother with DACs until I have the speakers better placed, etc, but any recommendations or thoughts regarding this?