@Steve2151, JWahl: could you please give some inputs on the SA-1 DAC.
I see that you (JWahl) have the Concero too. I have my eyes on this little gem right now and would like to know:
1) How it compares to the SA-1, technically (I suppose the SA-1 is a more mature DAC, technically)
2) How is the tonal voicing compared to the others DAC you heard/own.
Any input on the SA-1 in general (technically, voicing) would be highly appreciated!
For the record:
I own the HE-4 and HE-5LE now.
I used to own the Ref 5.32 (too dark) and now the NFB-27 (really good but I prefer(ed) my SA-31 over its internal amp w/ the HE-500 & HE-4. I just received the HE-5LE today but didn't get a listen, the internal amp might be a better fit for them).
So far, the most enjoyable DAC was the Metrum Quad. It's a mix between the 2 with a voicing closer to the NFB-27 but more relaxed in the bass (less "tension" in the sound). I sold my Stello U3 recently and am planning to buy another DDC for it.
So far, I'm torn between a custom DI-V3 + DSP or the Concero, which both feature resampling. The concero would be (much) more convenient to use, but it's 2x as expensive as the DI + PSU. If the DAC is any good (by NFB-2 or Bifrost standart), it might be a viable solution.