Originally Posted by Sjonnie
What are the competing DACs in this pricerange?
I am about to order the purepiper, just need one more quick check on the competing DACs.
Thank you for the fast response.
There are a few DACs around the price of the Purepiper: EMU 0404 usb, Maverick DAC, ... But most of them have a lot of functions (headphone amp, preamp, ...) that won't be much useful since you already have an external amp.
Also, at around $200, most of them are opamp based and use external switch mode power supplies.
When you are buying equipment at this price point, i admit that there is always the risk that something else might be significantly better. However, I am not personally aware of another DAC that is significantly better built or better sounding close to this price.
At a similar price, you might probably have similar performing DACs with different sound flavors/coloring.
The only DAC that I have found to perform significantly better than the Purepiper dac A-1 was the audio-gd dac19mk3 (which use to cost $500).
Sorry that I didn't have any other specific recommendations at that price range. I hope my answer was helpful.