How can we describe silence and “blackness” without falling into clichés? It’s incredibly difficult. And yet that’s the first thing we think of when we think of the Sonnet Pasithea. Everything feels so ordinary because it is presented with such calmness, stillness and ease. And in doing so, it doesn’t matter if we’re playing a very minimalist piece of singer songwriter, or a full orchestra with multiple layers and big differences in dynamics.
Sleek and insightful
What we had to get used to – if we are honest – is how tight the Sonnet Pasithea plays. This converter – though largely similar in design – really does play differently from our Metrum Acoustics Pavane. It is definately a lot tighter throughout the whole bandwidth. Now you may read: analytical, dry, clinical…. but no… that is where you are mistaken! We actually get much more insight into the various layers, instruments, harmonics of an instrument. And that makes it that we can actually follow what is happening much better, which makes me get more into the music.
Compare it to a pair of glasses that you look through when you want to admire a work of art.
Do you prefer to wear the right prescription glasses and clean, clear glasses without a (color) filter, or do you prefer to look just a little out of focus and through a color filter? We leave the answer up to you.
We dream away with some Angus & Julia Stone (the entire album passes by without us noticing). And then Beth Gibbons… beautiful. And so another two hours has flown by. Only when we notice that we really need some coffee, we let some black gold simmer through a filter and put on some harder work: Amplifier. And then Conjure One (All that you can Leave behind remains a great track). Yup… we’re awake again. Remarkable how this dac can effortlessly handle any genre…. but yes: good hi-fi ‘dances’ along with the music. What is also remarkable, however, is how the rest of our system becomes friends with this dac so quickly…. Could it be because the Pasithea fits in like a chameleon? Hmm…
The insightfulness, calmness, control and authority we hear gets us thinking: where are the limits? When does the progression stop? A noise floor of around -160dB is incredible. That’s well below our Bryston and Pass labs XP-12 which are around -130dB if we remember correctly. In short: that is where the weak link now lies. Yet we hear the extra silence and control that the Pasithea brings compared to the Pavane with DAC3. How that is possible is again another question we have to find an answer for. The more we hear, discover and know…. the more questions we have. It’s part of life.