I'm late to the party so I apologize if these questions have already been asked.
Looking to build a second system in a different location. Been looking at two converters, now this one has been added.
http://audiobyte.net/products/hydra-z = $1K
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/dac/DI2014/DI2014EN.htm = close to $400 with shipping (i'm guessing)
And now this one.
One thing is for sure this U12 looks way better than the DI - to me anyway.
I see some...
The Berkeley Alpha Designs Alpha USB was much better, and I mean much better than the stock OR5 and could not be singled out vs. a loaded OR5 (sounded the same). Using AES, the OR5's only advantage was having I2S. That's why I went with the Alpha USB.