I'm looking for a balanced DAC with USB and SPDIF inputs. I would prefer Asynch USB, unless someone can tell me why an adaptive USB DAC (like the Lavry DA-11) could be as good or better.
After a few weeks of research, I think I've settled on the W4S DAC-2. But I have some concerns:
1. DAC-2 costs few hundred dollars more than I wanted to pay (compared to the DA-11).
2. DAC-2 is bigger and heavier than I'd like.
3. I'm not sure how good the DAC-2's headphone amp is, and how good it is with headphones in general, compared to a DAC that was designed with headphones in mind (like the DA-11).
If anyone has heard either the DAC-2 or DA-11, or any other DAC with similar features in this price range ($1000-1500), please provide your impressions. I've read just about everything I can find on the DAC-2 online, but most reviews and impressions relate to use with speakers, rather than headphones. The Lavry DA-11's PIC feature and reportedly good headphone amp are intriguing, but I'm not sure if its sound quality straight out of USB can compare to the DAC-2, with its asynch setup and 24/192 capability.
Thanks in advance for any help.