Originally Posted by gevorg
As for Ultra DAC, take a look at what you can get for ~$1300 from Benchmark, Lavry, PS Audio, Audio-gd, etc.
I did -- I looked closely at every one of those brands during my research over the past several months.
Then I went back to where I bought my first headamp seven years ago: to Headroom. The folks up in Montana worked with me, let me try out some gear, and gave me their best advice (which BTW, was NOT to buy the most expensive gear.)
I ended up getting my desktop electronics from them. The sound is sweet, and I got to listen to the gear before I bought it. And if I ever need help, these guys have proven they are dependable.