All the previous are really good choices at that price point.
If you want DSD the Ayre QB-9 DSD is a good choice.
are those in order? how is the buffalo 111 compared to the PWD MKII? I might have a guy not too far from me who can build the buffalo he has built the 1 and 2.
Yeah, the QB-9 would be my personal choice if it also had S/PDIF connections; I can't live with USB as the only connection.
FYI, the upgrade to DSD is only $500 and the going rate for used on AG is less than $2K (there's one on AG right now for $1900 or so), so it is easily in the budget if all he needs is USB.
Not really in any order. I would say my top pick in this price range would be the PWD MK II (Upgraded MK I) with specific FW. Like I said I haven't heard the M7, but from what people I trust say it sounds great, especially with a good usb converter like an OR5. The Hilo is more of a tool than a DAC. If you like and will use the feature set then it should be on your radar. Weiss is one of the best all around sounds I've heard, confirmed by others I trust as well. The M51 is similar to the PWD MK II but cheaper. I bought mine for $1500 and it is a really good DAC for that kind of money. I wouldn't pay anymore than $1800 for one because then you are getting into another level of performance at that price. The Buffalo is surprisingly good and compares well even to the likes of my AMR. It is on par but different than the PWD MKII. It can also be brought up in performance simply by substituting and adding parts. Mine is a pretty basic build and it still sounds great for what it costs to build. It compares well against anything I've heard in this price range and can be built for less than $1200 with quality parts.
I am please to see some life back on this thread, and two excellent questions to start out the new year.
Is there any amp out there that can do that? I don't think so. I still look forward to hearing your impressions of the DNA stratus.
I like guitars, both electric and acoustic and from experience with those i have found that it is just not possible to get any
1 combo that can do everything. If you look at amps for electric guitars you are faced with the same problems that exist
here in the audio world.
Also the same is true for acoustic guitars - you are looking at tone woods and pickups instead of tubes and circuits but
the same things apply. If you want a guitar that is warm you would go for - Brazillian/Indian Rosewood on the back and sides
and cedar on top. If you want bright and forward you would go for Mahogany on the back and sides and Spruce on top. But
there is no guitar that can "do it all"
Especially if you listen to a wide variety of music - is it ever possible to have an amp that suites all styles and powers all
Check AgoN, there are a ton there that are either BNIB or used but in mint condition. Don't pay more than $2500 (Personally I wouldn't pay more than $2K anymore). Most of the people selling used baby their equipment like the rest of us, so definitely ask for pictures but I wouldn't worry to much.