EXPOSURE 2010S2 DAC
EXPOSURE 2010S2 DAC REVIEWS
For computer play, the DAC offers a performance that provides exceptional detail retrieval, clarity and presentation. It’s fun to listen to and envelops you within the music. If you are looking to build or upgrade a digital system then you should demo the DAC forth with.
Moving to Bruch’s Violin Cncerto No. 1, the Exposure played the Adagio with an emotion that revealed its drama and pathos, well supporting the backing orchestra and presenting a grand image. The soloist’s upper mid-heavy performance was infused with a particular clarity that gave it a dynamic presence and power.
After a few seconds of listening to the Exposure as a computer-based DAC, it is obvious that this is where the Exposure DAC finds it milieu. It comes alive with a rich, detailed and dynamic midrange, powerful bass and delicate, rather fragile treble. The entire soundstage was broad, conveying the drama of the piece brilliantly.
Energy levels are high with a clarity on offer that was delightful, it had me listening ever closer to newly discovered detail. Strings had a mass and dynamic power while brass displayed a rich tone and secondary percussion was feathery light.
Dexter Gordon’s ‘You’ve changed’ WAV via an EAC-ripped CD revealed a constant stream of emotional playing from the lips of the legendary sax player. The soundstage was wide, with lots of air and space between the sax, piano and drums. the latter’s brush strokes grazed the drum skins gently; the later introduction of the trumpet saw the Exposure give it a wide dynamic allowance, with plenty of room to manoeuvre. The final ensemble piece exhibited an ordered soundstage within which was a band that felt comfortable within their surroundings.
HI FI WORLD – PAUL RIGBY
Quite simply, the 2010S2 is a capable performer. What struck me first was how it got the fundamentals right. While it may not be the ultimate reference in each area, it brought out enough to make listening very enjoyable – sweet highs, solid lows, a wide and deep soundstage and a seductive midrange.
It always seemed to strike a nice balance, and did not highlight any particular trait over the other. It didn’t matter what kind of music I played through it – rock, classical, jazz, instrumentals – they all were conveyed convincingly.
It just draws you into the music. There’s a certain fluidity and smoothness to its sound that keeps the foot tapping and fingers snapping. There’s less analysing – at its price range, I would say it is one of the most un-digital-like digital products available.
Great bang-for-the-buck, excellent-sounding, highly musical and smooth sonics. Would be a worthwhile upgrade for a beginner to mid-level CD player, and computer audio-compatible too. One of the most engaging digital products you’ll find at the price – and perhaps beyond.
The 2010S2 is not the most analytical or detailed DAC you will find, but it makes up for that in spades when it comes to musicality. Those looking for typical hi-fi traits won’t be awed with this, but the Exposure will find favour with listeners who place music first. If I had not purchased a DAC not too long ago, this would be high on my shopping list.
AUDIO FI – J LOH
EXPOSURE 2010S2 DAC
The Exposure 2010S2 DAC is the first digital to analogue converter from Exposure electronics, featuring 6 digital inputs (including USB input) and high quality headphone amplifier. This is a perfect match with the Exposure 2010S2 amplifier designed both to improve the performance of the 2010S2 CD player and as a hub to enjoy the best sound possible from all of your digital sources.
Use this with your PC, Mac, Blu Ray player, DVD player and practically anything else with a digital output to enjoy purest hi-fi quality sound thanks to a high spec Wolfson components and a purist design that follows from the simple front panel right through to the best possible rear panel connectors – including proper 75-ohm BNC connectors as an alternative to the often featured RCA socket alternative.
EXPOSURE 2010S2 DAC REVIEW