So would you recommend a separate DAC and Amp combo rather than the Burson? Since I live in Korea, I can get Stello products for about $200 cheaper than in the States with free Shipping. So, in your opinion what do you like about the Stello that makes it a good DAC? BTW are you referring to the DA100 Signature or the Ai500? Most reviews that I have read say that they are very forward DAC's but that may benefit the LCD-2's. Thanks for your opinion.
I can't say anything negative about how the 160D sounds since I have never heard it, but after reading about it I would not buy it; the DAC appears very similar to the Music Streamer II (which I did not like). The 160 part (amp) is phenomenal.
Regarding the Stello, if you happen to have that great discount available, take it, you won't be disappointed with it as DAC, at all.
What makes it good? For me it was night and day wen I changed from the DacMagic (CA) to the Stello, everything sounded much more cohesive and clear, no blurs, very expansive with great separation. The DA100 does not come out as forward sounding to me. Depends what you listen to though.
Hope my ramblings help.
Edit: I am referring to the original DA100 (the same as the Signature if you use it through optical input).
Edited by JIGF - 3/3/11 at 11:12am