@Gary in MD
Sticking with your most recent request and guideline, here are my recommendations of what three goes in from the list of seven.
- Anedio D2. Another well-regarded 9018 DAC, and Anedio has a $49 loaner program. Kudos to them for that!!!
- NAD M51. A well-regarded player, not ESS 9018 which is a plus if we want a more varied field.
- Dangerous Source. Another pro/studio unit, with a reputation as a giant killer at <$1K
I was gonna pick the same three! Though if I had to pick one it would be the nad m51. As much as I love the D2, I think already having the DA8 means it isn't necessary, but if you're picking three definitely include the D2! And the dangerous music source is a bit of an unknown, would love to see it compared to the existing entrants