These are at about my budget limit for the moment. Are they worthy or should I wait to get something better later? I don't really care about SACD/HDCD at the moment, so Redbook play is more of a primary consideration. May consider an outboard DAC like the ART DI/O in the future.
Herr Babelfish der Übersetzer, he wore a whipped-cream-covered tutu for this title.
Jan 1, 2002
Having not heard any of them myself (see: we all talk out of our ass here at HeadFi, but Kelly is your friend because Kelly tells ya explicitly when doing so):
I'd go for the Sony. I'd bet it's got the worst build quality of the lot, but it probably has the best chips (both DAC and output stage) and has SACD to boot.
In fact, as I understand it, the little cheap Sonys are targets for a lot of modders and you might even get more mileage out of modding one of them than adding an ART DI/O--at least an option to research.