I have the opportunity to purchase a 2nd hand Lavry DA11 for around $800, which I consider a pretty good deal.
However, I am aware that the Lavry was released in 2009, before the current wave of Sabre-chip/asynchronous USB DACs.
Furthermore, the DA11 is pretty similar to the DA10, which is even older, other than a few added features like USB and the crossfeed-type functionality.
In other words, where does the Lavry, which was a strong performer in the $1000-$1500 price range up till, say, 2011 or so, stand today, given that most if not all of the competition has moved on tech-wise?
I mean, even Benchmark has since released the DAC2, which is pretty "new-gen" compared to their previous DAC1.
The things that sway me in favour of getting the DA11 are:
1) I am an audio engineer by trade, so I admit to having a bias towards pro-audio gear
2) I'm not concerned about the DSD/hi-res capabilities of the new-gen DACs as I seldom listen to stuff that's above 44.1kHz/16bit
3) It's "only" $800, so I'm not exactly expecting it to completely match or outperform something like the W4S DAC2 or the Benchmark DAC2
Would you buy the DA11 if you were in my position? I hope previous/current owners who also have some experience with Sabre-based DACs can offer their opinions. Thanks.