I checked today how much it would cost me to upgrade my beloved California Audio Labs Alpha tube DAC.. it's the stock 18 bit DAC right now. To upgrade it to 24 bits 96kHz would run $500 + shipping.
Kind of pricey i thought. While I do like the DAC a whole lot it seems steep just to bring it up to todays standards. I guess these now being outdated DAC's, parts are becoming scarce... only one shop services them and performs the upgrades anymore. RIP CAL 2002
What do you all think, worthy upgrade or would I just be throwing money into something outdated. I know, I know for that same $500 i could find a better used DAC on audiogon or Epay. But could I get into a tube DAC for that amount?
These originally sold for MSRP $1,495 about 10 yrs ago.. i think I paid $350. With the upgrade it would put me at $850 total investment.
*oh yeah. this is hooked up to the SRS's in a two channel only rig. Not for the HT.