Help finding affordable balanced dac
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I'm looking for a balanced dac for under $500. I'm experimenting with a fully balanced system. I've found a few options:

Emotiva XDA-2
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
TEAC UD-301
Topping DX7

What am I missing? I'd prefer one without a headphone amp or preamp capability, which I won't be using. Bonus points for finding one that isn't reported to have aggressive treble.
 
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Found it - HRT. They phased out the old Toblerone-shaped lines and replaced the Streamer Pro with the StreamerHD.
Streamer HD was 1st thing I thought of after reading what the OP was looking for. I tried the HRT a few years ago after searching for similarly streamlined, balanced DAC. Mine had some hardware/firmware issues which I posted about here:

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/☯️-...599-cavalli-amp.761088/page-146#post-11764271

Only balanced (capable) DAC in my collection right now is the Roland Mobile UA. Prices are back to $200-300 but I'm still impressed with the size/price/performance ratio.

https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/roland-mobile-ua-ua-m10-usb-audio-interface.22058/reviews
 
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I'm looking for a balanced dac for under $500. I'm experimenting with a fully balanced system. I've found a few options:

Emotiva XDA-2
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
TEAC UD-301
Topping DX7

What am I missing? I'd prefer one without a headphone amp or preamp capability, which I won't be using. Bonus points for finding one that isn't reported to have aggressive treble.
I would take the Teac off the list. I thought my QP1R sounded much better and single ended when driving a amp. The amp on it is very warm and not very powerful. The other thing is you will need a pre amp as if it doesn’t have a output how will you listen to it?
 
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