I was asked today about the analog parts of the DAC DAC 2 HSV.
The question: How is the HSV different than the HS, analog-wise?
The answer: It's NOT different, analog wise. The volume control (performed on the DATA rather than the analog output), as well as the analog pot digitization, all occurs on the digital side of the circuitry. That's how we keep the exact same specifications and add a volume control, so there's no sacrifice on performance as with DACs that use an analog potentiometer after the DAC (pretty much every DAC with a volume control). This way, you can drive your amps directly with the DAC DAC even if the source has no volume control. Great for CD transports and streamers that simply serve the full scale data. This can be used to put a super-high performance no-compromise 2-channel system together. No preamp to add to the signal path, so no added interconnects, and no added noise and distortion.
Thanks to Bob in AZ for the question.