Hey all, been I while since I visited here. Been busy with work, kids, other projects and hobbies, etc.
I wanted to start a discussion on DACs in the $500 max range, new or used.
Seems like there are a ton of new Chinese DACs under $500. However, Iím leaning towards an established manufacturer.
Right now Iím using a Lite DAC-AH (Pacific Valve mod) NOS DAC. I generally like the laid-back sound of this DAC, but it does have a couple flaws that are making me want to look higher up in the food chain. I tend to prefer a warmer, more laid-back sound vs. something hyper-detailed.
Iíve been looking at the MSB Nelson DAC (upgraded Link III) which can be purchased for $500 new, although the design goes back to 2000.
Any other recos?