I'm in the market for a DAC to connect via USB or optical to my iMac.
I wonder if 192/24 will be better than 96/24 or if the quality of the DAC chip is more important.
Also, will both of these DAC connected via USB decode ALAC? That's a must for me.
And, what is the best connection method: optical or USB?
Not sure that I will find anyone that has heard both but maybe someone can tell me what the difference in chips used is since I know absolutely nothing about chips except that I prefer them salty. ;)
I believe the W4S uses an "ESS Reference audio (ES9018) 32 bit" and the Luxman uses " Burr-Brown PCM1792A" and how would these compare to the "Cirrus CS4398" used in my Marantz network player?
Recommendations for other quality DAC's in the €1000-€3000 range are welcome, as long as they can handle ALAC, have an USB and optical input and both RCA and XLR outputs.