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"The most analog type of its kind I'm aware of"

March, 2021, author: Dawid Grzyb
"Although it's no news that sonic results scale up along with signal clarity, I'm aware of no other company as fanatical on this specific count as LessLoss."

"LessLoss Echo's End Reference isn't a regular DAC but the most minimalist hassle-free machine of this particular sort"



On the Echo's End Original version:

"Music presented in effortless, fluent and organic fashion emerged as the Original's highly valuable key attractor, but additionally augmented via generously euphonic expressiveness and enjoyable freedom from digital tint and harshness, which back then I took as its very much vinyl-like charm."

"wasn't overly thick, sluggish or bloated, but pleasantly earthy, organic"

"emotionally engaging and focused on quality, sensuality and maturity instead of quantity, exposure and abnormal twitchiness, which led to a fatigue-free pleasurable ride."

"always felt pleasantly gravitational and cohesive but never overdone or extreme in any way."

"its enchanting, calm, euphonic and composed voice was free from fuzz and dilution"

"tastefully executed pleasant undisturbed music flow"



On the Echo's End Reference version:

"These extra muscles effectively position today's DAC far higher on counts relevant not to expressiveness or charm but sheer power, RPM, elasticity and insight. Speaking cars, think of this product as a large safe SUV that just underwent a major engine rework to net twice the horsepower. The ride's as comfy as ever, but now that sleeper disguised as a family drive can do 0-60 times fast enough to leave many sporty sedans in the rear-view mirror."

"The Lithuanian was very capable on bass reach and control, but also managed to inject extra weight and roundness into this range without penalizing its agility or might"

"This DAC knew well how to charm and slam at the same time, and that's one of main reasons why I see it as substantially more composed and clearly better versus the Echo's End Original."

"The Echo's End Reference rendered virtual sources inside smaller more distant frames, was a fair bit denser and had its backdrop darker to elevate ambience, to accordingly feel more atmospheric and invite me there to its own place."

"The LessLoss had the highs suspended about a row deeper yet pleasantly substantial, lingering in air for long and all the while perfectly visibly, which was quite the achievement considering its natural aspiration for chocolaty flavor."

"...more sedate, mature, calmer and picturesque."

"Clarity, accuracy, tonal generosity and substance are traits that don't usually match in equal proportions, let alone having them all this pronounced. Neither the Echo's End Original, nor AMR DP-777SE, Lampizator Golden Gate or any other DAC I'm aware of managed to blend all these features just the way today's Reference specimen did. I strongly think that its ability to do so this potently and have bass in check to slam hard upon demand is its highest most unique trait. After all, how often do we get to hear a naturally earthy D/A machine that's also very capable on articulation and dynamic might?"

"this DAC is the most analog type of its kind I'm aware of, it has a very strong personality of its own"

"...injects that particularly captivating sonic moisture, elegance and maturity into setups without compromising on clarity and agility. If you fit that profile and financially can swing it, then the LessLoss Echo's End Reference might be the last DAC you'll ever buy."



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