I'd rather read the Gain Bandwidth discussion than one more post explaining how the poster would do a much better job of testing the DACs than Gary......LOL!
Hmmm. Still wondering which of these would offer the most value and musicality to pair with a NAIM integrated amp.
You see, I can afford a nice NAIM SuperNait2 now and a cheaper DAC; I can't afford the SN2 and say the $2400 NAIM DAC V1. Down the road perhaps.
Of the list below I know the TeddyDAC is probably the best fit for NAIM no doubt. It basically is the V1 without the HP and PRE functions. But I want to save at least $1K over the V1 so it's still too pricey I think :( If it cost as much as the DA8 it would be maybe a shoe-in decision.
Did Gary test the Schiit with the Gen2 USB? I forget. But
I wish the Ciúnas also had one other input like COAX or optical :(
The X-Sabre? No matter the forum or discussion, it does seem like a lot of roads lead back to it. But for some reason I don't sense much enthusiasm around it either.
Ciúnas DAC (~$775, includes S&H)
Schiit Gungnir USB Gen2 ($849 + S&H)
Matrix X-Sabre ($1099 + S&H)
Yulong DA8 w/ D230 power cord ($1249 + S&H)
Metrum Octave II USB ($1395 + S&H)
TeddyDAC Async USB w/ DIN ($1587 + S&H)
^ +1 I too find it hilarious. My only advice to those people is to buy a switch and SPL meter to prove Gary wrong, without any bias or prejudices, but I doubt that is possible for the naysayers because it threatens their ego.