I'm a little late to this discussion, but I'll second the motion on a Schiit. I have a Bifrost 2 ($700) which is one of their "multibit" DACs (R2R) and just love the way it sounds -- very organic. The $900 Gungnir someone else mentioned is a delta-sigma DAC. If you want their multibit version of this DAC, that hikes the price to $1,300. I had a Bel Canto prior to this. It was very good -- a clear sound -- but a bit sterile compared to the Bifrost I have now.
One nice thing about Schiit is they do offer a two week trial period. You can return it if it doesn't fill your bill, though there is shipping and a 5% restocking fee. Not bad, though, to discover if it is really to your liking.