We are please to share the latest review of AMI MUSIK DS5 from 6moons, Srajan Ebaen.
“…It didn’t take long to conclude that the li’l Ami wasn’t to be embarrassed. Yes the Hex was dynamically more accelerated and on extreme image focus the even more locked in to also stage a bit deeper. But against this pricklier accuracy the DS5 retorted with a deeper technicolor saturation and slighter softer edge handling where it rather recalled the Concero from Canada’s Resonessence. By extension it also pointed at AURALiC’s Vega which likewise counters the hexy virtues of timing precision coupled to minor dryness with glossier colors and wetter textures. Since I own a Vega as alternate DAC, confirmation on this flavor familiarity was a few cable swaps off. And indeed the DS5 acted as the poor man’s Vega. It wasn’t as color intense nor did it recapture quite as much ambient nuance but the gestalt and core qualities clearly belonged into the same bag…
…AMI could take you farther than $599 suggest. As they did with their DDH-1, this Japanese design team with manufacture in South Korea proves to have their/our sonic priorities well sorted. In that context it’s interesting that the DS5 platform was conceptualized as an upmarket deck with concomitant tariff first before the company repositioned it. Whilst the box shrank as a result and one imagines a few features with it, the sound per se had been locked in already. From how well AMI’s little box held up against my ~$3K decks, that doesn’t seem marketing spin but basic fact. Heck, it’s a very good time to be a well-informed digital shopper!”
Quality of packing: Very good.
Reusability of packing: Many times.
Ease of unpacking/repacking: A cinch.
Condition of component received: Flawless. Includes far better than average USB cable. Windows XP driver installed without fuss.
Completeness of delivery: Perfect.
Human interactions: Good.
Pricing: High value.
Final comments & suggestions: Subwoofer users could want a second preout even on 3.5mm stereo to avoid clunky adaptors. There’s no permanently visible volume setting as the confirmation lights default to sample rate display. To see what another user set the deck to, you have to twiddle the volume control and trigger the lights. That seems impractical. Digital-domain volume for headphones and main outs gets lossy the more attenuation is invoked. With speakers the very best sound is in fixed-out mode. With headphones you’ll preferably have impedance/sensitivity ratings which run them in the upper third of the DS5’s range. Ideally then the DS5 would have an analog pot and it’s indeed a very good question why it doesn’t.
Full review can be found at the following links: