Word on the street is Audiolab are bringing out a new DAC..
The Audiolab 8200CD known as the cd + DAC is supposed to have an amazing DAC for value..
The new separate DAC which is built upon and apparantly a distance beyond the amazing DAC used in the 8200CD is supposed to be far superior to any DAC at that price range - it will be $600 approx
I spoke to an audiophile no names mentioned who works as a hifi sound engineer who once worked for NAD for 10+ years... He tested it alongside various DACs up to four times the supposed value one being a chord electric i cant remember the model... he said there wasnt much in it whatsoever.
Lets put this into perspective.. the Arcam rDAC is $470 , the new Audiolab approx $600
The DAC used in the rDAC is the Wolfon WM8741 - a DAC which apparantly is worth $16 to the trade
The new audiolab DAC is supposedly worth $80 to the trade. The DAC in the 8200CD - ESS Technology Sabre 32-bit, im not sure of its exact worth but its superior to that of the Wolfon.
Its due to be launched in a few months...