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The Sonore exD is also pretty roomy inside for mods.
Although there are many DSD DACS now available, or soon to be, i have only heard three inhouse. here is how I summarize them:Meitner MA-1 ($7k list) Does all things wonderfully; is a state of the art DAC that is the foundation of my big rig. This DAC has native 1 bit proprietary chips and converts everything coming in to DSD128. It presents both DSD and PCM with aplomb. If I won the lottery I'd get it's bigger brother, the EMM DAC2X simply because of the ceramic analog boards, but it's $15k list. Mytek Stereo 192-DSD DAC ($1600 List) Is not only the Swiss Army knife of DSD DACs (USB1, USB 2.0, firewire, toslink, coax, remote volume capability, preamp version has analog inputs, mastering version has pro SDIF inputs) but is the value leader. it's sound is 90% of the Meitner, and it use the ESS Sabre chip (not my fave) to the best I've heard. it's pro pedigree shows in its stark neutrality and greta detail. This DAC is comfortable in all setups EXCEPT those that are already slightly clinical or analytical sounding. It mixes perfectly with tubes or ss.Sonore eXD DAC ($1299 list) This is a very dedicated USB DAC, no other inputs. But it does USB wonderfully, whether in Linux, OSX or Windows..due to being USB Class 2 audio compliant (as is Meitner). It is the yang to Mytek's yin. If your system is warm, tubey or a bit rich already the eXD DAC may be too smooth for you. I loved it and would have a tough time deciding if I hadn't already committed to the Mytek for my system no. 2. Either are desert island DACs under $2k.Playback Designs is another hi-end option. DCS will finally upgrade their boxes to DSD, and then we have the exaSound, Benchmark, Ayre and a few others on the horizon.
Actually, I copied and pasted from the Sonore website the name for the PCIe board, not the PCI board. I don't understand your comment "not the tx as you mention." Also, I am discussing DSD DACs, specifically the use of the Playback Design for DSD with a CAPS v2. I think it is relevant to this thread.
I now understand you are looking to build the CAPS
This thread is about DSD DACs. Yes, with any DAC there might be restrictions. If you have firewire then Mytek is right now the only non-pro DSD DAC I know of, off the top of my head. Norman, what upgrade did I suggest?
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