Originally Posted by zenpunk
Well, I replaced the Mytek Stereo 96 with a M-DAC. When I first got the M-DAC I was convinced it was more detailed than the Mytek so it was sold few days later. The MDAC became my fith DACs in the space of one year. While it was obvious differences were subtle between DACs, every times I though my last one was slighlty better than the previous ones.
Now I spend the last four days A/B four dacs in a proper way and it doesn't matter how hard I tried I can't detect any differences
I posted this elsewhere more extensively, but in my case it was 3 DACs of increasing price, and the same thing: I couldn't really tell the difference even when hooked up to a switch with similar cabling and going back and forth. The only difference I was able to spot with some consistency was the tube out on the Maverick (vs its own SS, as well as all the others) But it's tube out, so coloration is to be expected...
Since I use tube amps (love the looks of your LittleDot!) I didn't need an extra helping of tube sound, so I sold it and all the others. The I ones have now, the M-DAC and the Yulong, were mostly acquired because I needed a balanced option and I both like them a lot and use them in my two setups (work area & living room). I think they both deliver nice clean sound despite their rather different approach to D/A conversion. I'm not planning to replace either one anytime soon. I have found more impact and possibly improvement can be gained from amp choice (and tube choice if applicable) than from DAC changes within the same price bracket.