- Jan 3, 2014
- Reaction score
- Albany, NY
I bought my Parasounds used, so didn't even have to enter that controversy. Yes, electrolytic capacitors need to "form", though that ought to be done at the factory IMO. And please don't mind me if I roll my eyes a second time when people start talking about burning in cables. And yes, ESL diaphragms, after their initial tensioning, do stretch out over time. It would be a very foolish engineer who designed them to sound their best out of the box. So there's where burning in is a real thing.Yea that's "the thing!" Mannnnnnnn you literally took the thoughts right out of my head. IMHO the stats paired with the A31 is truly magical...and it's (the amp) not even broken in yet. So I was thinking...REALLY??? Adding a DAC will make my system sound even better??? IDK!!! Parasound recommends 150hrs burn-in...I've been running it 2 days and I can't stop drooling.
I also bought my CLS II's used, though they came with new in the box panels. I suppose the sound did shift over time but, like you, I was initially so enthralled by the sound I didn't' really notice, or care. They definitely did not get worse. IMO we're talking, for burn-in, second order effects with speakers, and third order effects with amps. And you're relying on aural memory, which is notoriously faulty.
Bottom line: enjoy your new amp, and don't worry about it.
Just to throw another opinion into the mix: when I felt the need for an external DAC, it was the Benchmark DAC1 Pre. If I felt the need again I would definitely consider another Benchmark. Plus, it would fit the old rack tray. But I think they are slightly above your price point.