Definitely look at the exceptional -- by any standard -- Cambridge Audio DACmagic at about $449 MSRP and used for no more than $350 or so.
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The Taiwanese-built Valab DAC is pretty remarkable for its $200 price. It's very small and gives you the options of coax, toslink and USB input. I use one in my office driven via USB from a MacBook Pro but it sounds amazingly good in my main system, as well, even using an inexpensive DVD player as a transport.
Yes what they say about those Taiwanese dacs are all true, My MHDT Havana is sounding ever so natural and organic, though it's tube sensitive, the tube is not an issue if you know the kind of sound you prefer or like to improve.
Havana is also popular in the 2nd hand market, so if you don't like it, it won't take long to sell. I don't remember where but i heard MF v-dac would make one wants to upgrade pretty soon.
If you're looking for a smooth natural sound, the Paradisea can't be beat for the price. There haven't been any significant changes to the circuit since the first model. Some people like the sound of the op-amp in the original model better than + and 3 version, so you can save a few bucks if you don't need USB. Many folks "upgrade" to the older op-amp (Burr Brown OPA2604).
These comments from a side-by-side comparison with a Havana should be worth something:
The Paradisea+, though not "technically" as fine sounding as the Havana DAC is still ... VERY VERY close in character and sound quality.You'll find 39 pages of glowing comments at this lengthy thread: