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Auralic Vega or Berkeley Alpha 2 DAC both should fit the bill.

Adam

 

PC: Hot rodded CAPS v4 Pipeline: Teradak ATX linear PSU, Jcat Femto USB card, UpTone Audio JS-2 + 2x LPS-1.2 combo, Jcat SSD battery PSU, Jcat SATA cable, TotalDAC D1 USB cable, SOtM sMS-200, W4S Recovery USB, Jcat USB Isolator, Win 2012, AO v2.10

Digital: Lampizator Pacific DAC

Amp: Dan D'Agostino Momentum Stereo

Speakers: Magcio M3

Cables: AudioQuest WEL Signature IC / Shunyata Anaconda Z-Tron SC

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Chord Hugo TT, with Hugo 2 on the way out can get new for 2.5k or less.

(JRiver) Jetway barebones NUC (mod 3 sCLK-EX, Cybershaft OP 14)  (PH SR7) => mini pcie adapter to PCIe 1X => tXUSBexp PCIe card (mod sCLK-EX) (PH SR7) => (USPCB) Chord DAVE => Omega Super 8XRS/REL t5i  (All powered thru Topaz Isolation Transformer)

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I have a linn Klimax Ds1 renew now and I am looking for a brighter & faster more detailed device with great soundstaging, timing and imaging. Front row presentation.

 

Give the Bricasti M1 SE a try

2 Channel: Bricasti M21 / M28 SE /Aurender W20SE Treatments: Acoustical panels(F, S, Bass Trap & R walls) Misc.: SR Orange Fuses

Speakers: Martin Logan CLX ART (Dark Cherry) w/30# weights / 2-ML 212's Subs tuned w/PBK and Special Phase technique

Grounding: QKore 1&6 / Networking: Sotm switch and Pwr Supply / AQ Diamond Power: Furutech GTX-DNCF / Oyaide inwall  wire

Nordost: QV2's, QK1's, 2-QX4, QPoint's,TC Kones, Sort Fut & LIft / Full O2 Loom / QSource & Points 

Misc.: iPad 3 /Lovan Rack Media Rm: ML: 13A's, Descent i's, Vanquish, Focus / Parasound: 3-A23 / Mark Levinson 433 / 77" LG 4k OLED / Anthem AVM60 / Pioneer Elite DVD Nordost: Odin/V2/T2/H2, BC Kones, H2 Network, V2 HDMI

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Best value per dollar I ever spent in this hobby is the following stack:

 

Custom PC build / W10 / Fedilizer Pro / all fanless / externally powered SSD.

Paul Pang v3 USB on USB battery pack.

LKS USB-100 (Amanero) + LPS / I2S out

Gustard X20

 

Taken as a whole, a huge upgrade in terms of clarity and resolution. Power conditioning, quality cabling and amping is still required of course, but if you are talking about a forward, luminous, clear presentation with that kind of budget I dare anyone to beat it.

 

Caveat: the Gustard without the advanced mods is seriously bright.

 

 

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I have a linn Klimax Ds1 renew now and I am looking for a brighter & faster more detailed device with great soundstaging, timing and imaging. Front row presentation.

 

Have you considered getting your Klimax updated to Katalyst spec? Rave reviews...

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Have you considered getting your Klimax updated to Katalyst spec? Rave reviews...

 

Too expensive

 

Although extremely hard to get where I live, i will look at

 

Benchmark DAC 3 + microrendu

Resonessence Mirus (like the SD card simplicity and the apple remote)

Tweaking the Klimax with Cables, power cords and conditioning (tips welcome)

AIFF - LINN Klimax DS/1 Renew - Grimm TPA XLR - Neumann KH120AW Studio Monitors

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