Originally Posted by Clemmaster
You shouldn't discount the QuteHD . The Ciunas is a heavy hitter too considering the price.
Edit: but let's try not to spoil or bias Gary with OUR expectations!
Clem, I don't know if you've read many of my other posts, but I'm pretty damned independent, and regularly urge people to ignore what everybody else says (including me) and test stuff themselves before buying... And that's what I'm doing here.
I like and respect you folks, and I'm asking you for ideas on filling the field since I've never heard any DACs in this class -- plus I'm too busy (or lazy) to do an exhaustive search myself. However, I have absolutely no bias going in, and once I get the DACs here, I really don't care what has been written or said about them anywhere. Of course they all have had positive things said about them or they wouldn't be in the field. But with a dozen DACs in the contest, I expect to have a hard enough time remembering which black or silver box is which, and I won't have enough internal RAM available in my head to recall the specifics of what anybody said about them here. I will just be totally focused on just listening, comparing and writing down my impressions.
I will say that I am very happy and thankful to you folks for all of the suggestions, not to mention your generosity in providing equipment. No matter which DACs take the final few spots this is turning out to be a very broad and varied field of candidates, with lots of different approaches to turning zeros and ones into music. I think the variety will make it very fun and I hope I can provide everybody with some interesting insights into the performance of all of these boxes. But as always folks: my ears, my brain, please use your own when making purchase decisions.