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I owned an Exogal Comet DAC that sounded superb, but I got the upgrade bug and I want to get a DAC that is a step up (and not just a lateral move).
The PS Audio DS seems like it would meet all my needs, and I have owned a lot of their equipment in the past, but I worry about it being towards the end of its life cycle.
All of my amplification is from Tommy, so I admire his work. The Digital Amp Company DAC DAC would be great if it had more digital inputs. I need at least 3.
I would be cautious regarding recommendations. A dac will sound vastly different depending on your AC power quality, AC cable, digital cable, your system, and room dynamics. Plus in the end this is all subjective. I suggest auditioning if buying new. That said, buying dacs used to me makes the most sense. They are devalue the most and most rapidly of any component. In 2012 I purchase a EMM Dac2x which was all the rage. It was bar none the worse investment. So bad I convinced my buyer Matt Clott to buy same dac as my replacement. From that spawn "best dac for redbook CD" on Audiogon. Few years later he heard a revision of the Dac2x and loved it. What is good for one is the antithesis of another.PM with a price point and I can make some suggestions. Like everyone here, they are only suggestions.What sound characteristics are you looking for?
I suggest auditioning if buying new. That said, buying dacs used to me makes the most sense. They are devalue the most and most rapidly of any component.
I am getting a big kick out of the Bluesound Node 2I. It is now hooked up to Alexa and with voice command I can bring up any song I want. It never sounds bad and the price is $499. I have owned or heard some of the $3500-7000 dacs and I do not miss any of them.
DACs fall mainly into 2 camps (with variations*). DACs that use 1-bit chips and multiBit DACs (multibit chips are getting rarer and the latter are often done using banks of disckreet Rs.Schitt and Denafrips are 2 manufacturers with more affordable R-R DACs. I have a Scitt Gubgnir muti-bit and i am very happy with it.*(ie DACs that are directly implemnted on an FPGA and the RingDAC of DCS (and Wolfson))DACs with 1-bit chips will be differentiated largly by the support circuitry and multiBit DACs will depend on the DAC implentation as well.dave
I have read lots of positive comments about the Bluesound Node 2, and the fact it makes you not miss more expensive DACs is a great testament.
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