Not sure where to post this, but some wandering thoughts on simplicity.
I put the Jot2 on my desk this week and it’s been surprisingly enjoyable. Not that I didn’t think I would like it, but what I like isn’t at all what I expected.
This device is a roughly $500 version of what most of us were sold on when we started in the hobby: an all-in-one DAC/amp with a line in, headphone out, and pre-out. It’s a Schiit Fulla/Hel on steroids! We start here for cost but also practicality, one little box running… all of our shit.
But then at some point something in our brains goes pop! And we run headlong into the pursuit of perfect sound, practicality be damned! We add a DAC here, an amp there. Then a switch box (or two) to connect it. USB audio from a PC is trash, must convert over to only low noise network streamers! And don’t forget Roon, you can’t enjoy the tunes without the roons!
And for all of the complexity we add we get in return leaps forward in sound quality. No doubt this is the path to endgame sound. Amazing how the music transforms with each upgrade.
But then your desk/table/kitchen/bedside/(bathroom) looks like something out of a sci-fi channel reject. Boxes and cables going everywhere (but power and signal carefully separated). Being honest with myself, it’s a lot! Some days I feel like an audiophile horder… So many empty boxes in the closet being saved so I can resell!
Putting the Jot2 on my desk made me realize how far I’ve gone from the clean, simple, (joyful?) setup I had when I first opened the audiophile door.
So what? Become an audiophile minimalist? Hell no! I’ve not even popped my r2r DAC cherry yet! More DACs, more amps, more headphones, more cow bell!
But on my desk maybe I don’t need so much. Some Jot2 audiophile simplicity feels kinda good.
If only the Jot2 sounded slightly better… maybe the Jot3? Or if Singxer adds an integrated DAC?
 maybe the thing to look forward to is if (when?) Schiit upgrades their DAC cards to include Unison USB along with an upgrade to the multibit DAC. If the integrated DAC could approach Bifrost performance it would be much closer to an all-in-wonder setup.