This has to be one of the sweetest amps with a usb dac that I have heard. It has a tube type quality to it without losing any control of the music. There is a euphoric quality in the positive sense, which I find very appealing. One thing I noticed right off is the bass. It has a nice growl to it, as in being well defined.
I am finding that with the Predator the sound quality is improves with the passage of time. I prefer to leave devices like this on all the time and to my ear, this is no exception. I am noticing that cymbals are getting that nice sheen and decay rather than a dead or splashy sound. What is nice is that this is not an "in your face" amp. I am getting some excellent depth and separation.
When using the amp section or the amp and usb dac, the Predator is very open, smooth and on well recorded music like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, throws tremendous depth and width with fine imaging and solid well controlled bass. It does not have character that changes the music but changes with the music giving you musical entertainment when the recording is decent or better. The sound field is very transparent and the separation of voices and instruments within space is convincing in both the front to back and side to side perspective. There is a body to sound from where it emanates that occupies space. I am finding that the amp and amp/dac section both involve me in the sound and provide a natural and enjoyable layered sound.
The Predator joins the music and rather than just being a tool becomes a very special instrument of amplification bringing about an enjoyable musical experience. I highly recommend this amplifier and usb dac if you are looking for a quality musical experience.