From my time on the forums on head-fi, I keep hearing DACs being referred to as either sounding cold and analytical, giving good detail in the music; or warmer and more musical sounding. It seems as for DACs under the $500, often you have to choose one at the expense of the other (atleast thats the impression I've obtained from my brief readings).
I'm sure these are just generalization of the sound signatures of the lower end DACs, but I would like some opinions as to whether warmer DACs are in fact less detailed, or if it just sounds less detailed because of the difference in sound signature.
I currently have a bifrost and ODAC which I have read to be clean, analytical sounding DACs. I am interesting in picking up a "warmer" DAC to compare to my current DACs to see how the sound signature differs and whether I prefer the "warmer" sounding DAC.
It would be nice if I could get some recommendations on a "warm, musical" DAC which would be on par with the bifrost.