The NAD M51 DAC has HDMI inputs. It sounds great when playing a BluRay concert video or audio disc. It doesn't do DSD but I don't think I could go back after having a DAC with HDMI inputs. With the legacy toslink and coax plus USB there's plenty of inputs.
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Looks like Bryston has a new DAC coming that I looks like what I have been waiting for. As much as I can I would like to keep buying SACDs and not do DSD downloads. If a SACD is not available, then the choice would be DSD, then FLAC, etc.
With the new Bryston BDA-3, I should be able to use a Oppo 103 as a transport and play any format using that DAC. According to the release, this DAC uses AKM chipset, instead of the ESS. I have no plan to visit the CES. But I am planning well in advance to visit AXPONA 2015 in Chicago. Hoping to hear this one for sure:
I'm a fan of the NAD M51, as are many professional reviewers.
Note that it's a stereo player only, and doesn't output 5.1 or similar HT settings.
Explanation of why so few DACs have HDMI inputs:
Review from Down Under:
Thanks for the link. I was well aware that HDMI costs companies a lot to implement, because of licensing. But the bigger factor that I understand is there is more jitter through HDMI than through any other inputs on the DAC. Bryston does not claim that they resolved that issue.
But nevertheless this is a good option for folks that have a few SACDs and want a new transport in general. Oppo 103 or 105 will make a nice transport with this DAC.