I've been doing a ton of research the last few months on DACs in the sub $2000 range and look forward to finally getting one. As I mentioned in the thread title, requirements for the DAC are sub $2000, good with Macs, integrated headphone amp, and balanced xlr outputs for monitors (Dynaudio DBM50s, which i listen to 90% of my music off of. other 5-10% is my Grado MS 2i).
I read the entire following thread this past weekend:
Best DAC from $1500 to $2500 (or so) Can anything beat the Eastern Electric Minimax?
The Anedio D2 DAC is contender atm. Minor caveat - I wish its styling/design was a little cooler. I've researched the Mytek 192 but looks like it doesn't operate that well alongside Macs. The Grace M903 doesn't have balanced XLR outs. The W4S DAC-2 doesn't have an integrated headphone amp and same with the Violectric DAC V800. & For some reason, I don't think I want to go the Audio GD route.
That'd be great to have some filtering options on the DAC too. Unfortunately, the Lynx Hilo looks to be a little out of my price range as is the Resonessence Labs Invicta.
Maybe I could wait for the new Schiit top of the line DAC? Or maybe W4S will be offering a souped up version of their mPRE? Or Audiolab with release a souped up MDAC?
Audio Note UK and Antelope Zodiac are recent contenders and of course there's the NAD M51.
*I listen to music across the spectrum from jazz, classical, funk, soul, reggae, to hip hop, electronica, ambient, and dub techno. I'm looking for a DAC more on the musical side so maybe more towards the "warm, lush, organic sound" than the very "transparent, detailed and analytical" sound.
Anyways, I'd really appreciate any recommends relevant to what I've discussed.
Edited by aphinity - 2/2/13 at 2:55am