You don’t think that top models from TotalDac, Lampizator, Msb, Aries Cerat, or wadax can be described in the exact same way? all of the top models reduce noise so more of the hall acoustic comes through.As could be expected Jacob Heilbrunn reviewed the Vivaldi APEX in TAS - https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/dcs-vivaldi-apex-digital-to-analog-converter/
I quote a short appetizer from the review:
"This past summer I had the good fortune to attend a performance at Washington’s National Cathedral of Brahms’ German Requiem, which was dedicated to the people of war-torn Ukraine. Where I was seated high up in the balcony, with a bird’s-eye view of the orchestra and chorus, it was hard not to be wowed by the sheer grandeur of the cathedral. The sound effortlessly expanded into space, whether it was the soloists or the mighty brass section.
Listening to the dCS Vivaldi DAC with the new Apex upgrade vividly reminded me of this concert for a variety of reasons. Foremost among them was the ability of the Vivaldi Apex to reproduce the sense of air in concert halls or recording studios, allowing it to position an instrument or singer firmly in the soundstage and to capture a wealth of ambient detail (down to the degree of hall echo produced by a performer) with well-nigh uncanny accuracy. Until now, no digital system in my experience has succeeded in capturing this phenomenon as well as analog playback. The Vivaldi Apex does. Just listen to a Beethoven piano concerto—the DAC has the piano resounding so emphatically in the hall that it constitutes the very essence of sonic realism. In situating instruments so incisively in the actual venue, it takes a big step toward digital playback that is not simply improved but gobsmacking in both its precision and emotional power. "
And “emotional power” is completely preference based. Many Wilson fans seem to love dcs. God bless them