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Selecting a $700-800 USD dac


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Here are the three choice. You may choose any ONE of them to live with for the next 5 years. 

Sonic fidelity (of your preferred style) is your MAIN criteria (of course). 

After than, ergonomics, brand reputation, reviews and word-of-mouths, looks/styling.

 

Topping D-90

Schiit Bifrost 2

Denafrips Ares II

 

If you know of another DAC in roughly the same $ range ($700-800 usd) , then add it to your reply. Note: that I'm pretty firm on that price. The Schiit sells for $800 on Amazon (+ tax ), directly thru Schiit ($700 + $20 ship + 10.25% Calif sales tax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Not sure about Singapore-based Vinshine Audio / Denafrips ... an email back from them claimed no import tax reported for USA. But you never know until delivery driver shows up at your door. 

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Schiit Modius for 200usd? What is the rest of the system?

1. Sonore ultraRendu - UpTone ISO Regen - Mola Mola Makua - Apollon NC800 SL PRO - Thiel CS3.7

2. RME ADI-2 DAC FS - Apollon NC502MP - Monitor Audio PL100

3. Hidizs S8 - Audeze LCDi3

4. TempoTec Sonata HD - 1More Triple Driver IEM

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I already own a Schiit Modi Multi. 

I like it quite a bit -- glad I selected it over similar priced Topping, SMSL. 

Rest of system is bit of hodge podge ....mostly headphone-based.  I'll have to update my Profile page one day.

Prefer the classic multibit sound. Have quite a bit of listening experience with classic 16-bit Philips multibit gear (TDA dacs with dynamic element matching or continuous calibration topologies). And mostly prefer over-sampled (digital filter) -- again classic digital filter sonics ,  not the latest  DFs w/gazillions of taps. 

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