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I noticed that we have a number of "best looking" topics on the forums here - best looking headphones, best looking tube amplifier for example, and other image-heavy topics such as the "show us your vintage headphones" topic, but we don't seem to have anything for DACs despite their increasing popularity.


Recently I have been thinking about upgrading to a Benchmark DAC2, but I realized that the main thing holding me back is that I just don't like the look of it. I know, it's studio gear and is more about performance than looks, but I fully expect to keep whatever DAC I buy for a long time, so having hardware that looks nice in addition to performing well seems important. In 20 years time, no-one is going to look back fondly on something like the DAC2 the way they do with a lot of vintage gear these days. Even compared to some of the older DAC1 designs, it doesn't look as good.


So what do you think the best looking DACs are? What designs will stand the test of time?
 
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Had one of these at one point.  The smoked glass top was a nice touch.  
 
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NAD M51
 

 
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+1 for M51 & Woo
 
DCS Debussy also a quite nice:
 

 
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I like the look of the Antelope Eclipse so cool.
 
 

 
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THE BMC DAC1/PRE/HRUSB
 
 
 
 

 
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no love for the cantata?
 

 
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I noticed that we have a number of "best looking" topics on the forums here - best looking headphones, best looking tube amplifier for example, and other image-heavy topics such as the "show us your vintage headphones" topic, but we don't seem to have anything for DACs despite their increasing popularity.


Recently I have been thinking about upgrading to a Benchmark DAC2, but I realized that the main thing holding me back is that I just don't like the look of it. I know, it's studio gear and is more about performance than looks, but I fully expect to keep whatever DAC I buy for a long time, so having hardware that looks nice in addition to performing well seems important. In 20 years time, no-one is going to look back fondly on something like the DAC2 the way they do with a lot of vintage gear these days. Even compared to some of the older DAC1 designs, it doesn't look as good.


So what do you think the best looking DACs are? What designs will stand the test of time?
 
I partially agree with you regarding the DAC2. The new faceplate is just ugly; there are way too many lights on the front. However, the DAC2 in black does look pretty nice.
 
 


 
 
 
 
I really liked the original DAC1, particularly the PRE.
 

 
 
 
The Grace Design m903.
 

 
 
 
The Antelope Zodiac looks really nice as well.
 
 

 
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Aries Cerat DACs
The lighter weight one is 55Kg


 
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Antelope Audio's Rubicon DAC...
 

Just kidding...
 
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