I have a Bottlehead Crack that I am about to update with the speedball option. I currently run the tubes it came with fed from a MacBook Pro through an HRT Music Streamer II. It sounds great, but I have noticed it sounds better when it is fed through my Logitech Squeezebox Touch which has me wondering about a new DAC for my MacBook.
I am considering the following:
EE Minimax DAC +
Halide DAC HD
I am willing to spend around $1200 on a DAC but would prefer to spend less if I could. I am hesitant to spend much as the technology seems to change so fast.
USB is a must and it would also be nice to have S/PDIF, but it is not necessary.
What are your thoughts?