Added clarification: . . . or know of published reviews comparing the two?
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No reviews i know of comparing them. I replaced a great rega dac with the halide and think it sounds excellent. It also comes with high quality cables and no need for a power supply. For me the small footprint sold me on it and its why it replaced the rega.
would like to hear the chord but for now in my setup this works great.
Keep us posted.
I've had a Chord Mojo for two years, very lightly used (3x per week for 9 months and then sat in a box after I moved house for 1+ years) and it's crapped out. When you power it on it runs thru the logon sequence and then dies.
I'm in touch with Chord about it, but I've lost a bit of confidence in the company and their products (in the 2 years, the internet is filled with unreliability reports and other problems with the Chord Mojo).
These days with MP3 and music streaming, the DAC is just a mission-critical component in my system. It cannot be flaky or break. My previous Derek Shek DAC lasted 10+ years, always on, never powered off. It sounded great and was made by... a pro-hobby-ist!
I'd love recommendations for something with the sound quality in the Derek Shek or Mojo range, but that is reliable and dependable. Similar price range would be nice ($300-$600)
Any other suggestions aside from the Halide (which is hard to find)?