The Auditor doesn't seem to come with unbalanced inputs ... shame. The tech seems very innovative though.
Just to reiterate, these are the deals that I have the option of going for:
1) HD 800 + Lehmann Rhinelander $2000 AU
2) HD 800 + Lehmann BCL $2850 AU
3) HD 800 + Lehmann Rhinelander $2000 AU AND Burson HA-160D $1000 AU AND sell Rhinelander
HD 800 $2000 AU RRP
Lehmann Rhinelander $800 AU RRP
Lehmann BCL $1650 AU RRP
Burson HA-160D $1000 AU
I think that the Lehmann RRPs might have dropped a bit, but since I made a deposit on the above deals before the price change, I don't think I can adjust this.
The Burson seems to be technically better in measurement and parts (stepped attenuator for instance), but I am off put by reports of warm sound and less speed than the Lehmann.
Please note, I prefer accurate, wide, smooth, clean sound with body, and don't like heightened treble, anemic bass, sickly smoothness or "tube-like" warmth.
Unfortunately, I can't audition the Burson prior to purchase.
Also, do you think that the Rhinelander (perhaps with an updated wall wart), is close enough to the BCL to make the extra cost not worth while. The HD 800 + Rhinelander sounded "hard" with an entry level Marantz CDP, but good with my MF CDP, if not missing some kick and body. The BCL seemed almost to have too much body, but I didn't quite have the levels matched.
So, which deal would you take if you were me??? Thanks!!!
P.S. If I get a Lehmann, I would need to get a USB DAC that has asynch. mode and 24 bit/ 96 kHz (at a minimum) that doesn't cost the Earth. Any recommendations?