Well, the way I see it DSD it just the latest industry buzzword. The real question is if it plays good music or not.
He could get a eastern electric minimax dac, or a maveric tube dac, for a fraction of the price of DSD and it just might sound better.
I'm not saying there's nothing good about DSD, but I think it's a bit early to jump on the bandwagon.
Just get something that does the job today and enjoy the music, that's how I look at it. Maybe in 5 years DSD is the standard but that's 5 years from now.
Completely agree. There's a lot of really good DACs in his price range that I think would fit better. DSD(which means Sabre) and Analogue feel don't go together.