Which DACs are upgradeable? Any brands fighting obsolescence?


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Apr 20, 2014
not a stupid question. APL is still very musical IMHO and does not suffer from any digital glare (closer to analogue in sound) but it is now outclassed by DACs costing half the price such as the T+A DAC 8 DSD. I think I also invested at the wrong time as at that point, we then witnessed huge advances in DACs over the following five years.
Just out of curiosity, have you heard the APL Hifi DSD-MR dac with or without the DTR-MR SACD transport? I heard that combo in my Dealer's showroom, and it is the best digital i've ever heard including the Vitus MP-D201/MP-T201Mk2, MSB Reference dac with Femto 33 clock & full DCS Vivaldi and Esoteric Grandioso stacks.
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Nov 2, 2015
A ton of comments I haven't gone through yet but the Phison gear, not only the DAC but also the amps offer upgrades whenever Sonny figures out how to make them better.

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