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    3.5mm line in Vs 2.5mm line in.

    Balanced won't always sound better to everyone's preference though. I prefer the 3.5mm output of the SP2000 rather than the 2.5mm output since the 3.5mm sounded better to my preferences. Then again, it could be that the 3.5mm out of the SR25 is inferior to the 2.5mm thus it's better to go...
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    Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000

    The next AKM chip would be the AKM 4498 with 4191 sigma delta modulator, and we might get a SP2000M with that chip instead of the SP3000. AKM needs to release something along the lines of AKM 4599 flagship first before we get the SP3000. Then again, we can get the SP3000 with the 4498+4191 sigma...
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Depends on how much importance that quality is to you. Bear in mind though that DACs at Bifrost 2 SQ level or higher will always have that realism quality and just varies on how they present their tonality and staging. There are lots of less expensive DACs out there that will sound technically...
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    Topping D90

    That’s always true with Campfire IEMs. They will sound better out of a DAP than even the most accurate desktop DAC and desktop AMP combo you can stack together. IMO, it has to do with low voltage high current amp implementation in DAPs where it doesn’t take much voltage to crank them up to ear...
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    SMSL M400 MQA DAC

    If you get the M400, do you have issues with PCM playback clicks after switching from DSD?
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE200: First DAP With Multiple DACs - Head-Fi TV

    The SP2000Cu is dead neutral sounding in SE and neutral bright in balanced with wider soundstage. I prefer the SE with the SP2000 with a more focused imaging
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Cross off RME, D90 on your list since those are thin sounding in the mids and upper mids. Not sure about the bryston-bda 2, MHDT and Holo Audio. With Denafrips, just use NOS mode only as NOS normally rolls off in the top-most range. I consider BF2 as neutral DAC (not necessarily warm) since it...
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE200: First DAP With Multiple DACs - Head-Fi TV

    If you feel that different colors will affect your perception of sound, just enjoy the ride. Being way too critical or nitpicking of everything just kills the fun of this hobby
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    Post your favorite DAC chips here

    In terms of just the DAC chips, my favorites are the AK4499EQ and Analog Devices AD5781ARUZ
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    I have a different view why GMB A2 didn’t make his list. The only downside with using a GMB A2 is that IMO, you have less choices of downstream gears since it has a leaner tonality in the bass region than both Yggdrasil A2 and BF2 thus can sound overly thin with certain amp and speaker...
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Yep. That's the trademark of the D/S DAC that's inside the LSX that you're hearing. I do enjoy that punchy and refined D/S sound with the IEMs as they're brutally picky with sources, and somehow I find that desktop amps don't drive balanced armature IEMs as well as DAPs (at least with the...
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    The value proposition of BF2 is just revolutionary IMO. Well implemented D/S DACs can also portray a similar feeling of resolving ability without ever causing fatigue, and I'd even go as far as ultra-smooth (even much smoother than BF2/GMB A2 and Yggdrasil A2) that flows effortlessly, but they...
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    Powerful DAPs

    You're best with AK Kann Cube - Tier 3D - because AK has great forum presence here and would help you when something goes wrong with your device
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    Powerful DAPs

    I have a Tier 4 priced DAP, with Tier C power, LN, USB-C, WiFi ac & BT: AK SP2000
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Nice to meet you there too! Bifrost 2 and Lyr 3 are an awesomesauce combination and Bifrost 2 is resolving enough to make the Lyr 3 sound incredibly dynamic and holographic. I wanted to hear the Lyr 3 coupled with HEDDphone as I've heard the HEDDphone with the Headamp GSX MK2 fed with Blu-DAVE...
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