Since I changed amp it's more clear that the weak hardware in my setup is the still decent but not so good, so I'm thinking to replace my SMSL M8A dac. I live in Italy (so few brands are not easy to get over here..) and the budget is 200 (more ore less ... better less )
My current setup with my desktop PC is:
The usual suspects at that price, I would get a decent balanced DAC. The usual suspects: Soncoz LA, the new schitt mobius?, smsl 300, smsl 200? smsl su8,
If you want a cheap good dac and stay with RCA, maybe a khadas tone board is the best option for a cheap price, sounds very good, not just the measurements... 100€ shipped with a case. I´m on the same boat as you, but all those balanced dacs of 200€, all seem to have their own little problems... some people say for example, the Soncoz sound is not too good, much worse than the khadas for example...