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Regardless of the DAC one ends up buying, be prepared for its value to drop precipitously if new. With the current turnaround in the DAC market down to 6mos - 1yr for new chips/designs/components, whatever you get now is going to be considered old news by next year. DACs imo have the highest depreciation in hi-fi. I would not buy new unless to demo or very inexpensive - and there are a glut of options in the used market (e.g. A 2015 Chord Hugo just sold for half its retail cost).
An excellent point. My own Vega didn’t sell for more than 1/3 rd the original retail value.Best,Anand.
Regardless of the DAC one ends up buying, be prepared for its value to drop precipitously if new...
This is a non issue. DACs like are essentially computers. And everyone knows computers depreciate fast. All computers regardless of form, be it a DAC or digital camera or a smart phone, tablet etc... they all have two things in common; they are computers, and thus by nature they depreciate fast.
Guys,Thanks for all the suggestions. I just got confirmation that my DAC-10 has been shipped.
For what its worth, here is a chart I did out of curiosity. It is the Stereophile rankings of DACs from 2015-2017 Recommended Components lists. The numbers on Y-axis correspond to ratings: A+=6, A= 5, ...E=1. The dollar amounts on the bottom are for Stereophile given new List price. I cut-off the DACs at $15,000 because they skew the range of the chart. I used Stereophile because they are one of the few ratings sources. I guess I could also use the Darko list if I have time.The A+ at $2000 is the Benchmark DAC2 HGC.A rated < $2000: Aurender Flow, Benchmark DAC1 HDR, Cambridge Azur 851D, Hallide USB-S, M2Tech Young DSD, Musical Fidelity V90-DAC, Mytek Brooklyn & Stereo 192-DSD-DAC.Perhaps, a place to start for those also considering DACs.
Great news. Penny for your thoughts......once you've had a chance to let it break in.
How cool of you to do this... Thank you! Could there be a numeric key to see which Dac is which?JD
A couple of sort of off the wall suggestions:Ayre Codex ($1800, small footprint, includes limited preamp features and headphone output)
Chord 2Qute ($1300, especially good with Redbook, uses custom FGPA chip)
Just pulled the trigger on a Benchmark DAC3 L. Should arrive next Wednesday. I currently use an Eastern Electric mini max with Dexa op amps and no Tube. Can't wait. Will give impressions next week
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