Originally Posted by project86
What DAC are you using now?
I'm working on my review of the D18, slowly but surely. Had lots of listening time but very little writing time (I can't do both at the same time... not while doing a good job of either).
An Emotiva XDA-1. It's quite good for $299, and great for TV and Movies. I don't even have any real complaints about performance on background music But I want something better for serious listening. Whatever I end up with will, along with the USB converter and a Mac Mini, end up as the source components in a dedicated room. But that will take a couple of years to put together. In the meantime music in the living room will get an upgrade.
By the way, the U2 looks good. I'll probably order one in the next week or so. I know the Stello, and especially the Audiophellio have gotten great press, but I like to be different. Bang-for-the-buck is a factor too.
On the D-18, I'm just waiting for a solid, concise description of it's sound characteristics. It's high on my possibles list based on what's out there so far, and the fact that it's right at my budget for a DAC, while nearly everything else I'm looking at (W4S DAC-1, Rega, Metrum Octave, Tranquility) would have to be used. The only others that fit my budget new are the Rein and the upcoming Schitt balanced DAC. The difficulty is in hearing any of them. The nearest decent audio shop is over 100 miles away.
Maybe I should move...