Some 6 months back we did announce the formal launch of Connoisseur Of Sound [COS] new D2 DAC. Machine claimed to bring to the masses COS D1 (now mkII ) playback quality for the more affordable price. To achieve that goal company stripped the case from D1’s luxury into more common , yet still wonderfully build case of the H1 Head-dac. More of that , the circuit had been newly developed, but vastly taking advantage of the knowledge gained during Flagship design. Did they manage to win that game ?- should you ask. Our answer will be the great : YES , but we are selling that hence it need to be verified by the independent pair of ears ;-]
And this is when the latest COS D2 review written by Dawid Grzyb comes to the surface. More important is that David is the gent who had a chance to experience all COS products ever made , hence his remarks are really valuable and covering every aspect one might like to research. Being a skilled writer with a gift of describing things which are not easy to name in imaginative and engaging way makes this text even more joy to read. That are the findings then ? Read conclusions set below:
” In a nutshell, COS Engineering D2 is a charming little performer. It’s game isn’t to jump on a listener with its own character, but being easygoing and enabling the rest of the setup its own thing instead. “What’s so special about this?” – one might ask. Well, to not be the attention vampire yet to remain elegant and very informational at the same time in fact is the difficult and noteworthy part. Let me explain. Past the D2 arrival I haven’t even noticed its presence. The product was hooked to the main rig instead of the reference DAC and remained my daily driver for two weeks or so. Once in a while I sat to have a listen and then got back to my daily routine, writing/photos that is. And here’s the fun part: there was no fatigue or displeasure for any reason, during my casual approaches the sound was as enjoyable as per usual. Point being, the D2 blended in seamlessly and remained like so throughout the whole time. Very quickly I stopped caring that far costlier Golden Gate wasn’t on duty.”
” Ain’t that something? To switch from a $22’000 source to a product times more affordable and forget that the former is no longer there? This happened exactly and – as far as I remember – the D1 pulled off a very similar trick on me. When everything’s just right, there’s no need to be picky. One simply enjoys the show and desire to improve or change an outcome isn’t there. The analytical mindset is simply off and relaxing mood kicks-in instead. This doesn’t happen that often and is valuable once present. In this regard the D2 loaner did the job oh so right. “
Please follow the link for the full write up.