I need a DAC with a small footprint: standard width okay, but shorter depth (maximum of 11", shorter better). I also would prefer balanced outputs. Price range is up to $3K, new or used. Any suggestions most appreciated.
I'll second the Benchmark. The Cambridge DacMagic is also very good, though decidedly warmer sounding than the DAC 1. IMHO, in some systems, the Cambridge will be a better choice. It is also a great value at <$500.