haven't heard them all myself but do own the VDA2 (with RAL umbilical and VAC1) and am quite content (for now)
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I love my VDA 2/ VAC 1 combo, it's the best sounding source component I've ever owned. I've owned several decent players, 2 Audio Alchemy dacs, and a CAL Alpha. The VDA 2 beats them all. I'm using a Sony DVP 9000ES as the transport which in it's own right isn't bad but it doesn't come close to this little gem. This review pretty much sums it up:
I was also on the fence, I wanted an affordable DAC and was looking toward used or the MSB as you can get one new for $250. After much research I decided the MSB was somewhat dated and almost pulled the trigger on a PS Audio DAC III until I learned that PS had switched manufacturing from Boulder CO to China, kind of a turn off since I wanted to "buy USA". Then I read about the VDA 2 and decided to try one, I'm glad I did. The bang for the buck factor is off the charts, I have never spent as much time ENJOYING the music as I do since adding this DAC. You will spend a small fortune to better this DAC.