I'm going to upgrade my mix of Cambridge DacMagic / Pangea Audio P-100 (power suply). Bass in DacMagic has improved thanks to Pangea P-100, and so I Listen to more details.
I have basically 2 options on my budget to upgrade: Parasound Zdac and Schiit Bifrost.
For Zdac Terry London (Home Theater) gives 5 stars for all aspects (Performance/Value/Overall) and they say that prefer zDac over SimAudio Moon 100D DAC, valued at $650 and the Musical Fidelity M1DAC, valued at $799. Both these:
John Grandberg from InnerFidelity says that “…Steve Guttenberg offered his opinion on the Emotiva XPA-2 and Schiit Bifrost units as being superior to the Zdac ..." then "... I came away from the comparison with a contrary result. I felt the Zdac was by far the better DAC …”
Look at: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/parasound-zdac
To take into account, Schiit recenctly has introduced two improvements for the Bifrost: Bifrost Uber (improved analog stage) and a new version of their USB:
So I’d like to know your impression and/or if there are other Dac to compete in the $650 budget. ¿Have any one an idea on how to compare these two Dacs (Zdac-Bifrost)? ¿Any of these would be better than my DacMagic/Pangea P-100?
So I've read about Nuforce dac-80, it is more expensive ($775), I think this is the same as dac-100 without the headphone amp. This is out of my budget (same situatio for Schiit Gungnir), however I’d like to know if DAC-80 is much better thatn Zdac and/or Bifrost, …, ¿any idea, information, explanations, ...?
I have an headphone amp by Musical Fidelity, I use Windows 8 Pro, Parasound amp/pre, Towers by Energy, Marantz CD player (used as transport), DH-Labs and Kimber cables. So I have a Nuforce u192S sb async converter but it does not works on my Windows 8 (¡so I can't use it!).
Thank you for your Help!
Edited by RelayerCR - 7/4/13 at 7:01am