Looking for a DAC in the $500 range. Single-ended, and I listen to psychedelic rock and electronic and indie rock.
Edited by wolfetan44 - 3/24/13 at 6:40pm
I am looking for the same thing, except for the usb part. I have it narrowed down to the Bifrost, Cambridge DAC100, or Emotiva xda-2. Other than looks and small price differences they all seem to be very good dacs. The Bifrost is slightly cheaper, but the Emotiva has a built in headphone amp, having said that though I really like the looks of the DAC100. Maybe they need to add a few more leds and a display to the Bifrost <g>.
check this out too...
This will be tough to beat, and it gives you balanced operation if/when you decide to upgrade to an amp that can utilize it.
And you'll get an amp with it that isn't half bad
Yulong D100, Parasound Zdac, Etmovia XDA-2, Tube-DAC11. These are all jam-packed with features and versatility. I have only heard the D100 and it sounds really good, can't say anything about the others.
Concero is worth looking at too if features aren't as important. Haven't heard it but reviews are positive.