Function after function, the D10 has surprised me with consistently fantastic performance. Either used as a pure analog preamp, a DAC + preamp, or a streamer + DAC + preamp, the D10 simply always aims to retrieve the maximum amount of information from any source.
Without exception, the D10 presents sources with immense transparency and resolution, strong pacing, and unbridled enthusiasm. It offers highly focused precision, expression, and fine delicacy in equal measure.
One thing the D10 is not is romantic. Or at least not when this is not in the recordings. It simply does not overlay any richness, smoothness, or color of its own. Indeed, with its immense sense of control and focus, I would place it halfway on the analytical side of the scale, with a presentation that is less lush, warm, or spacious than some competitors. However, in spite of its highly precise delivery, I find that it consistently puts the music first. Not once over the course of reviewing the D10 did I feel the urge to switch it off or to switch to another source component. Clearly, this is not a case of precision at the cost of soul or emotion but rather a very happy marriage.