Best PCM DACs?

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What are some of the best DACs out there that extract the most out of 16/44.1 PCM?

Async USB is a must, playing high resolution formats is a nice to have. Thanks.
 

MadFloyd

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I would like to add the Bel Canto DAC3.7 3 box DAC to the list.
 

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Still Lampi B7
 

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Had one for a while (MSB Diamond Plus with Galaxy Femto Clock). The Trinity DAC is much better.

I would still like to hear the new $89.000 MSB DAC Select (the all new Select, not the DAC IV Select) against my Trinity.
 

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Had one for a while (MSB Diamond Plus with Galaxy Femto Clock). The Trinity DAC is much better.

I would still like to hear the new $89.000 MSB DAC Select (the all new Select, not the DAC IV Select) against my Trinity.
I can only comment on what I've heard in my system. Wish other folks would do the same. I would like to hear the Big Lampi someday though.
 

bonzo75

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I can only comment on what I've heard in my system. Wish other folks would do the same. I would like to hear the Big Lampi someday though.
Hi, since the DSD dac is level 4 equivalent, and I initially had the L5, the Big 7 was far, far superior to L5, on complex music
 

Lee Henley

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Hi, since the DSD dac is level 4 equivalent, and I initially had the L5, the Big 7 was far, far superior to L5, on complex music
And the Golden Gate is in another league mate, incredible!
 

LL21

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i will try to find some time to listen to the GG DAC, but not right now. I have come to appreciate some of the later generation digital: Stahl Tek, Metronome, Boulder 2000 series and Vivaldi in particular.

I have enjoyed my Zanden for 7 years now and counting...with no desire to change though i have thought about a few digital pieces from time to time. Metronome and Stahl-Tek had me thinking for a little while. The Zanden requires a little TLC on tubes and a lot of TLC on isolation from vibration (above and below), but 'thats me done' once i completed these tweaks.
 
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I can only comment on what I've heard in my system. Wish other folks would do the same. I would like to hear the Big Lampi someday though.
Which Big Lampi - the Big 7 or the Golden Gate?

I'm told that the new Lite 7 Lampizator will be in action next week at The Show Newport Beach. The newest entrant in the "7" family for $6k.
 

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i will try to find some time to listen to the GG DAC, but not right now. I have come to appreciate some of the later generation digital: Stahl Tek, Metronome, Boulder 2000 series and Vivaldi in particular.

I have enjoyed my Zanden for 7 years now and counting...with no desire to change though i have thought about a few digital pieces from time to time. Metronome and Stahl-Tek had me thinking for a little while. The Zanden requires a little TLC on tubes and a lot of TLC on isolation from vibration (above and below), but 'thats me done' once i completed these tweaks.
Have heard vivaldi many times though not ABed , and ABed a metronome dac, the model that once cost 17k gbp. Preferred the B7 much more, though both are better than L5
 

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And the Golden Gate is in another league mate, incredible!
I will be listening to the GG a couple of times next month, but I got it from very good ears with experience with both that if I had to choose between putting my money towards the GG or towards upgrading my B7 valves to original WE 101d, I should go with the 101D first
 

LL21

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Have heard vivaldi many times though not ABed , and ABed a metronome dac, the model that once cost 17k gbp. Preferred the B7 much more, though both are better than L5
I will be listening to the GG a couple of times next month, but I got it from very good ears with experience with both that if I had to choose between putting my money towards the GG or towards upgrading my B7 valves to original WE 101d, I should go with the 101D first
Good to know...thanks. How much are GG and B7?
 

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I would definitely place the Esoteric K-01 and K-01X on the list for an audition. I've had the K-01 for two years and it never fails to impress, whether it's on CD, SACD, CD rips or high res. PCM. Wonderful sonics and build quality.

Ken
 

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