Pros: Value, build, and sound quality.
Cons: Just goes to 96khz. But that doesn't bother me.
Aune T1 with EH 6922 tube
Audio Technica ATH-50M Headphones
I’ve had my Aune T1 for about a month now. I paid $188 from Sweetwater in Canada, that included shipping. Took about 2 weeks to get to my place on the West Coast. I bought strictly for playing music off my Imac and into my headphones.
I’ve owned a Schiit Bifrost, HRT iStreamer, CalyX Coffee, Cambridge DACMagic, and Audioquest Dragonfly.
The Aune T1 is not close to a BiFrost, but close to the DACMagic and Dragonfly. I would purchase the Aune T1 over the DACMagic and Dragonfly if I had to chose. It looks cool, has tubes, and is always a conversation starter. No one sees a Dragonfly and a DACMagic looks like an old wireless router. Fact is, I love when people ask me about gear when they notice a piece of gear. This is of my subjective opinion. Nothing against any other DACS.
Sound: 3.5/5 (Hi-end DACS usually being a 5, for your reference. The 3 is solid)
Misc: 5/5 (headphone amp, tubes, and gain settings are not usually on $200 and under DACS).