Now, this combo is a treat. PS Audio’s DSD an incredibly euphonic sounding DAC. Its essence is in musicality. Luckily, with the Hugo M Scaler, it takes the performance up rather significantly.
I had to use a Purist Audio Design BNC to RCA adapter to connect the HMS to the DSD. The optical output from the HMS to the DSD didn’t sound too great (untextured & flat) so I’ve kept it to the coaxial input for all of my listening.
The coaxial input of the DSD supports up to 192kHz but I was only able to max out at 176.4 kHz. For some odd reason, I couldn’t play a 96 kHz (2X to 192 kHz) file. I might be missing something (shrug).
Although musical, the DSD is a little slower, softer, and lacked a bit of clarity and focus. The Hugo M Scaler in its first “green” mode incorporates those qualities without any drawbacks. It’s incredible.
The Hugo M Scaler gets you from toe-tapping – to singing along and being fully immersed. I actually preferred the green mode for the PS Audio DSD (88.2 kHz). There’s a nice warm coat over the vocalists yet it has the right balance of shine and detail. Though the blue mode offers up more tonal variation and fullness at times.
If you’re sticking with the DSD for the long-haul, the Hugo M Scaler is a worthy partner. It brings plenty more realism and clarity to an already great sounding DAC.
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