Originally Posted by shadowlord
i was wondering if i should upgrade from my monitor 01USD to the Hi-face device.
Or is there anything else on the horizon for about 150 bucks? the empirical audio thing maybe?
My dac is the Audio GD-DAC3SE (don't know how transport sensitive it is)
In my opinion, the Hiface is worth the price in comparison with the Musiland.
For about 150 bucks, you could also buy a Teralink-X2 with an external power supply and a upgraded usb cable. However, I am not convinced that it will outperform the hiface because the teralink-x2 uses the old adaptive technology and no matter how good you modify it, it is still handicaped in comparison with a well designed async device such as the hiface.
As for your current DAC, it should be sensitive to the quality of the transport according to my experience with 3 audio-gd dacs as well as what Kingwa (the owner of Audio-gd) told me about his DACs. So I believe that your DAC could definitely benefit from a better converter than the Musiland whether it is the hiface or another quality one (Teralink, Empirical Audio,...)
Originally Posted by rosgr63
The Empirical Audio product will probably be an excellent product but I guess it will cost a lot more than $150 when it's released.
Agreed. If Empirical Audio prices its future off-ramp anywher near the price of the current one, we are looking to alot more than $150 (probably $700+ without the options).