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Old 01-02-2021, 01:42 AM
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Default Best Dac under $2k?

Anyone been down that road lately?
I like the R2R comeback and a tube or two.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-02-2021, 02:15 AM
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Just ordered a Doge 7. They are really backlogged because of the good reviews.
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Old 01-02-2021, 04:31 AM
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Not tube nor R2R but the Chord Qutest is hard to beat for what it packs

Plus there is an upgrade path with the MScaler

That combo I reckon will make the DAVE look a bit silly - if you don’t need XLR or a headphone amp.
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Default Best Dac under $2k?

Not R2R...but interesting proposition RME ADI-2 DAC FS

https://youtu.be/WFJQIPymJGk

If I’m not mistaken, Denafrips has R2R dacs in several price ranges. The Ares 2 is getting good reviews.
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The MHDT Labs http://www.mhdtlab.com/ Orchid is an R2R/tube DAC that a few folks here have and think very highly of. One or two of them not only tube-roll, but have gone to the effort of cap-rolling, as well. They also offer other models, all the way up to a fully balanced R2R/tube model that slightly exceeds your budget.

Like MHDT Labs, Denafrips makes R2R DACs, though I do not recall if they use tube(s). In the review of a couple of their models in a fairly recent "Stereophile" the Denafrips models were compared to a 3rd R2R DAC, whose mfgr/model I've forgotten. Easy enough to search the Stereophile archives online if interested. Do recall that both companies, like MHDT, offer a few different DACs.
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I would recommend saving a bit more and going for the Schiit Yggdrasil. At $2,500 it is an outstanding DAC for the money. I helped research for a friend. If you are really set on below $2k then I recommend the Schiit Gungnir upgraded to multibit for $1,300... it gets you close to the Yggy. But the Yggy is an outstanding DAC.
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If you can open the aperture to $2.5k then I’d highly recommend the R2R Schiit Yggdrasil as well.

That amount also includes fine delta-sigma products from Benchmark and Mytec.
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Not tube nor R2R but the Chord Qutest is hard to beat for what it packs

Plus there is an upgrade path with the MScaler

That combo I reckon will make the DAVE look a bit silly - if you don’t need XLR or a headphone amp.
Agree with this. Chord knows DACs.
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Just ordered a Doge 7. They are really backlogged because of the good reviews.
Read up on the Doge7. I would love to see your review on this. 8 tubes? Did I read that correctly?
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