Originally Posted by paradoxper
Why does it really matter? It's all subjective. He's leaning towards the Concero btw.
Speaking of, I already have a Concero but I'm considering getting a Gungnir and using the Concero as a USB/SPDIF converter to the Gungnir. I've read that individually, the Concero and Gungnir as DACs are comparable in overall performance but I'm wondering if combining them in this fashion would yield a reasonable gain, albeit somewhat diminishing?
The Concero on it's own sounds decent but is essentially a high end converter /w custom FPGA attached to the "DAC on chip" ES9023. Even the analog output is integrated into the DAC chip. I imagine there has to be some reasonable improvement by adding the Gungnir to it. The ES9023 can't be "that" good.
I'd be using with HD800 and my SA-31 amp btw. I was considering trying another amp like the Soloist, but I'm not sure there would be much improvement if any for the money, at least without hearing one in my setup first.