Wow, so far it seems that there is not even a sign of some consensus or a popular favorite, unlike on the other side (i.e. DAC1 is believed to be neutral, revealing and analytical). Only NOS dacs have some lead, although its statistically insignificant.
Here is what we have so far:
Ack! Dack 2.0 (x2)
Monarchy NM24 (x2)NOS TDA1541A dacs like MDHT Havana(x4)
Mytek Stereo 96
Blue Circle Audio Shoe Box Dac (x2)
Northstar MK II
Nakamichi Dragon DACElectrocompaniet ECD-1 (x3)
Bel Canto Dac3
Stello DA100 Signature (x2)
Chord DAC64 (x2)
OMZ DAC (x2)
Originally Posted by panda
i would hardly call any of the dacs mentioned analogish and if anything more digital sounding. high end cd players rarely pull it off, and even fewer dacs do... majority of the less hifi and more like music ones are of vintage dating, but they severely lack detail.
any of these should do, however they are hard to find:
audio note dac 1.1
sonic frontiers sfd-1
What makes those 5 dacs so special, and better than the dacs listed above? If they're that good, why don't any of the modern dac utilize their capabilites?