If you're patient, you can get a CEC TL-1X used on audiogon for $2,000 or less.
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wow, i really screwed up those links huh?
North Star Design M192
As far as the Stello CDT100, I have never seen it in person, or heard much about it... But one review I read says along w/ its companion DAC, the pair is hard to beat for its price. http://www.aprilmusic.com/AM/Hifiworld_Aug08_stellocombo.pdf
Its I2S uses mini-DIN style, not RJ45...
Right now I can get a new TL51X for a decent price. Cheaper than it's retail price in North America, so it is very tempting. But I need to make a move on it before I leave Asia in a few days... I will go and flirt with the owner lady to see if i can get the price down even further... ;-)
Consttraveler, are you using the I2S RJ45 connection?
I dont understand why M192 only outputs 192/24 on I2S and not on other outputs...
I have heard the M192, with Extremo DAC playing through PMC EB1i speakers. I was VERY impressed w/ the combo... http://picasaweb.google.com/SpoolyT/TAA2008#5238074007585983730
I'm using the XLR connection, as the Chord DAC seems to like that one the best. It has been that way with all of the players/transports I have tried.
In re-reading my earlier response I notice that I identified my DAC as a "Chorus"; it is a Chord DAC 64. My bad.
When run through my current speakers (Emerald Physics), it is as good a combination as I have heard and is only surpassed by very well recorded vinyl.