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Competition for the PS Audio PerfectWave Dac II?


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Since it's now discontinued, used PWD II's w/o Bridge are currently going for ~$1500. I've got one and am mighty impressed. Before I take the plunge on another, either for my computer system (USB) or 2.0 HDTV system (Toslink and volume remote needed), I'm wondering what the competition is at that price or less. Open to suggestions... Thanks,

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Highstream,

 

I was going to post a thread along these lines, so I hope you don't mind me getting in here vs starting a parallel thread.

 

How about the Lynx Hilo? It's a bit more expensive, at $2k new, but some classify it as one of the best DACs out there now. I haven't heard it, but been looking into these DACs and a guy recommended the Hilo which he had owned, had owned the PWDII before it, and currently owns an exaSound.

Roon Server: general purpose Gigabyte GA-Z170X UD5, i5 6600, Crucial MX200 SSD, HyperX 1x16GB RAM, Win 10 Pro, convolving in Roon digital xo + DRC + upsampling. Output through ethernet.

Roon Client AudioPC: Uptone etherRegen (with LPS 1.2) into Intel S1200KPR, Xeon E3 1265lv2, Crucial V4 SSD for OS, 8GB ECC RAM, Streacom FC8 Evo case, lab linear PSU, Windows Server 2019, AudioPhil's Optimizer, Acourate (digital xo, room correction)

Rest of Chain: Lynx Hilo as 8-channel DAC, McIntosh MC275 MkIV for mids & treble, Hypex UcD400HG for midbass into DIY dipoles 18" midbass/2x8" mids/AMT tweeter, 2 DIY 12" Rythmik subs, Equi=Core 1800 balanced power, dedicated power lines, room treatments

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Since it's now discontinued, used PWD II's w/o Bridge are currently going for ~$1500. I've got one and am mighty impressed. Before I take the plunge on another, either for my computer system (USB) or 2.0 HDTV system (Toslink and volume remote needed), I'm wondering what the competition is at that price or less. Open to suggestions... Thanks,

 

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