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DACs item created by project86, Dec 15, 2010
Pros - Stunning
Cons - SE outputs only
In one word: Stunning.
Not for those looking for a colored and romantic tube sound but for everyone else it's hard to see how you could go wrong.
The D2 has balanced outputs and a slightly better headphone amp but if that doesn't interested you a second hand D1 is excellent if you can find one.
Pros - competes with DACs costing much more, amazing clarity and transparency, elegant simple design
Cons - USB inpuit can't handle hi-res audio, no balanced option
That's a link to my detailed review. In summary:
The best DAC I've ever heard. The only thing that matched it was the MBL 1511E which is a $9000 DAC. The Anedio is identical in sound, at a much lower price, thus by far a better DAC. Please read my review for further info.