Considering Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSD purchase

Looking for some advise on a purchase with limited funds. A Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSD (demo) is available, but I'm wondering if the Sabre ES9018 dac chip is still a worthy contender. This DAC is now 5 years old and although it received excellent reviews, how would it stack up against a new unit in the $1000 range?
The specs and features are impressive and it uses the ESS Time Domain Jitter Eliminator which is still being used in current W4S models. (The Femto clock is available as an upgrade).

I would be pairing this DAC with my PS Audio PWT and would be able to use the I2S interface. The asynchronous USB input is limited to 24-bit 192kHz, which is fine for me.
So, any thoughts especially from those who have owned the W4S DAC-2?


Showing 1 response by jaybe

This was my first DAC. I always thought it a bit "dry" for my tastes so have moved on and up. Did spring for the big DSD upgrade but it still had the same basic character. However it was very quiet, sound seemed to come from that "blackness" we talk about. It also seemed quite dynamic. Never used the I2S input, which might make a big difference. Not sure how it would hold up against other units in your price range.