How you can find that audiogd nice looking and the mdac ugly to the point you would not buy it, is a mystery to me... The 1980's calculator sytle LCD display and ugly looking headphone jacks on the Audio Gd look ugly tbh... I am sure it sounds good but it certainly does not look like something I would spend £1000+ on.... The Mdac looks more expensive and costs 1/2 the price.... TBH my cambridge audio Dacmagic looks better than both of them and cost £230.... The Yulong looks nice as well... Shame it will not work with poor sources :(
hold on both of you, I don't really like the looks of the Audio GD. Its just not utterly crap.
Here is what I like (and yes i know most are tubes):
Vinylsavor -cream my pants.
Opera Consonence Cyber 211 -damn gorgeous and different.
Octave V80 -and all their power amps and intergrated amps, elegant, and a simplistic but not overly minimalistic take on what is a definition of retro (tubes)
Ayon Skylla II -and pretty much everything they make (just to prove I don't need visible tubes to turn me on) but this is more of an in your face display of wealth or attraction - Like big chrome mags
Musical Fidelity Primo -and all their other gear for a minimalistic yet exquisite definition of elegance and class.
and now to me the most beautiful amp in the world: