Denefrips Pontus "burn in" period?

Hello all


Now there's a chance I may be a little premature with this, but I've received my Pontus 8 days ago and have had it running ever since, powered up, most of the time with signal going through it, and so far I'm a little concerned. I am aware that with this particular dac it is recommended to run it roughly 10 days before it really burns in, but being only a couple of days away, I can't say the sound has changed very noticeably. Matter of fact, when I A/B with my project S2 plus dac, and even my blue sound node internal deck, I can barely tell a difference! Does burning happen gradually? Is there all of a sudden a hallelujah moment where this thing starts kicking ass? Does anybody have more experience with this particular piece of gear? Current system is rogue audio ST100 amp, rogadio RP1 preamp, upgraded tubes, blue jean cabling, upgraded power cords on power amp and preamp. I had high hopes that this dac that has received so much high praise was going to blow my meager dacs out of the water, and so far not the case at all. I must say, the thing weighs a ton and looks gorgeous, but I'm getting a little concerned at this point that I may end up disappointed. Talk me off the ledge!




I too have the Pontus II and went through the same thing so to speak. I upgraded from the Ares II to Pontus II. It really sounds like you are looking for validation more than anything. Rest assured you made a great choice with the Pontus so sit back and enjoy.

@mrdon wasn't looking for validation, was looking for some kind of explanation on why my super high quality deck wasn't sounding that impressive rolling up on day 10. I couldn't get the thing to sound that much different than my project dac or even the internal blue sound node dac. Just wasn't adding up. The major development today was switching out the coax cable for a USB, straight from the blue sound into the Pontus. Huge difference. I can't tell you why, but it's there. More volume, larger sounds stage, deeper, cleaner, less glare etc. This new development has me feeling positive although it's still kind of bugs me that the coax is doing this. Is it a issue with the Pontus? Issue with the blue sound? 

Oldhvymec..."i’ve never been real to up date on DACs but gear in general, usually, the better the gear, the longer the break-in. Especially big high voltage boutique caps. 500-1000 hours."

Oh so true...well past you’re 10 days youll hear changes.

@jin78 How long is your Coax cable? According to the "tech"
experts here, it should be at least 2 feet long. Some else can
explain the technical details.