i received the abbas 3.1 se dac today( finally after 6,5 months ).
I will write here my first impressions,deep impressions,tweaks,upgrades etc..
It s not gonna be very detailed,but enough for you guys to understand the sonics and perf/price.
Anyone needing more info or details ,pm me and i ll try helping..
Let me begun with box,packaging is good,very well protected.
Look of the dac is very good,i like it,sobre,the logo abbas in front is nice ...
Tbh quality overal is just nice,not the best i ve seen but ok.
I ve heard,read such good reviews,feedbacks from abbas dacs and comparaisons with much more expensive and known dacs that i felt very excited about this dac.
Anyway,sonically speaking,for the first day,after spending 2,5 hours with it( it is supposed to be over 100 hours now if i believe what it is written on abbas website):
- soundstage: huge huge huge.
beyond speakers laterally and vertically,vocal very big like on loop.
- tonality: warm,lot of texture,body
- dynamic: very quick,transients are very strong.
- bass is stunningly abundant( to be confirmed later,corner bass traps going into the smallish room 3*3 m*2,8)
- -holography: good.
Not so good points
for the moment)
-imaging: images of instruments,vocals,players,are not sharp enough now.
- lack of seperation between instrumemts.( When i say lack,i mean not enough air around instruments with tracks i m used with)
- resolution/transparency not there yet.( I need to focus ,rise the volume sometime to hear details ... Tracks i m familiar with seemed veiled maybe..i mean details dont jump on you,you need to go get them if it make sense..
- highs: i feel they can be more open more extended more with air...
These are my initial impressions after 2,5 hours listening.
Guys ,you need to know that the system is now in a new small room i m not used to...
I had my system in this room since 4 months,and i was using a topping d10s just to pass time waiting for the abbas 3.1 se.
The room have room nodes,i m going to treat it firstable with 3 corner bass traps,secondly with diffusers.
I feel that the 3.1se have huge huge capacity and potential and big bang for your buck.
Custom made server/streamer---sablon usb ----singxer su1 moded[ lp 1.2]----coax analysis plus ( basic model)--3.1se[ signal project atlantis pc]---- silteck classic sq 110 ic---- nat audio single hps [ signal project atlantis pc]---- audience 24 se sc ------ martin dukes 2 speakers.
I will take time now,explore more,let it burn more,use few tweaks,play with spkr placement again,and i will get back with more impressions.
All my audiophile buddies here are waiting more than me to hear this exotic dac,and be sure it s gonna be A/B tested with many dacs very famous like rockna wavedream top of the range,aries cerat kassandra ref2, maybe dave also...
I need to highlight also where i m coming from regarding my system so it s easy for you to evaluate and understand the value of abbas 3.1 se.
This system i have now is a downgrade from a much more expensive one,wich was basically composed of cube audio nenuphar speakers( full range),and aries cerat kassandra ref 2 dac,with mbl c51 amp.
So i guess my benchmark is high enough,my ears are used to such high degree of resolution accuracy purity etc....
I m not saying this for show off,but just to say my old system was really amazing ,it was a destination system,and i would not have sold it if i wasnt obliged to,but miss corona decided otherwise.