The only digital player I found that I could live with after owning a CAL (in my case a Tercet Mk IV) was a Cary (in my case, a 303/200). Check 'm out.
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I emailed RX8man who used to own the CAL Alpha DAC and used it with a CEC TL-2X transport. I sent him my Audio Logic 34 DAC and he sold the Alpha the next day and bought another 34 DAC here on Agon at that time. The used Alpha DACs are around $400 and the Audio Logic 34s about $1000 used but he felt the upgrade was well worth it.
He will post soon or email him directly.
Yeah, here I am Bigkidz !
Okay, down to business: The Alpha was a fine DAC, still is, wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone, with NOS tubes and a good P/C, hard to beat at the price.
As far as the Audio Logic: Same tonality, much greater everything else, esp. soundstage size, separation, openess and detail.
With NOS tubes and good P/C, put it up against anything.
(I'll be firing up my rig tonight, FINALLY, after the move !)