Mike, you have written about Orchard Bosc amp somewhere in the Forums. Did you also hear the PecanPi streamer/DAC? I can't comment (yet) on differences to your Puremusic family, but I can tell without a doubt it's steal at the asking price. I had it lying around (never connected to my amp) for a few month, because I was sure it would be much worse sounding compared to my Elac DDP-2 streamer/DAC. Out of curiosity I did replace my Elac DDP-2 with the PecanPi and I am stunned by the result. This little cheap thing, betters all of my previous streaming/DAC options I had in the past. My last DAC/Streamers were: Metrum Ambre via I2s connected to Metrum Jade, Metrum Ambre via SPDIF connected to AudioNote DAC4.1x, Metrum Ambre via SPDIF connected to PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC, Elac DDP2. The Orchard PecanPi runs RoPieee software and is connected via LAN to a switch. My Apple MacMini which runs the ROON core also is connected to that switch. I am using DIY Holton HPA NXL-500 mono amps fed by Hypex SMPS1200A400. Balanced connected to PecanPi. The first time of serious listening with my "testing" playlist, I had to take my chin of the ground couple of times during the listening session. It's really that good! The soundstaging is very holographic when it's on the recording, it's very dynamic, tonality really good, timbre really good. It's my reference for now, easily outperforming up to $4000 DAC/streamer combo's. I didn't know my amp/speaker combo could sound this good. I really didn't expect it to play this good, it has quite a few opamps in the signal path, it's small, it has small smps wallwart power supply, this can't be decent sounding was what I thought... Could I be more wrong! Mike, you really have to listen to it when you have the opportunity. It will not be as good as your Puremusic (I hope....) but when combined with a decent amp and decent XLR cables, I can assure you it sounds extremely well. I am really curious for the Puremusic. Can't wait to give the Puremusic a listen.
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