It will clearly beat a Rega, Music Hall, Jolida and more...
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Many of the newer DACs have a digital signature which can lead to listener fatigue - very detailed but also fatiguing. For me, The 840c was in this overly digital camp. I ended up with a used Musical Fidelity A3-24, an upsampling DAC that accepts up to 24/96 signals. The MF was pretty close to my Classe CDP-10 in sound. The difference here is not one of quality but of personal preference. If you like your 840c, then the MF may be too "smooth" for you. I would decide which camp you are in then search for comments looking for comments on the "digital" characteristic of the DAC. Benchmark, for example, is viewed by many as too digital, although others love it.
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Agreed, that the 840C can sound almost overly detailed or digital... but, sufficient break-in time and recent changes I've made upstream of the 840C have been very impressive.
The M2Tech hiFace, while amazing for its defined soundstage, sounded too edgy or digital. But when I tried the modified hiFace from jkeny, it took my system to a very nice place! Very smooth and analog.
Now I've replaced the modified hiFace with Halide Bridge and again, my system has never sounded better... great detail, soundstage and texture. Instruments and vocals sound more accurate and present than they ever have with my other peripherals.
The only reason I'm looking for input, is the fact that I've never really read any glowing reviews on the 840C's DAC section, much less read any comparisons between the 840C and other well respected DACs.