The bigger the number the better the dac. The order from lowest to best goes approximately as follows: Dacman,Dac in the box, DDE V 1.0,1.1,2.0,3.0,Pro
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Don't forget to budget for a good power supply. These devices, depending on the version, come with the "wall-wart" kinds. The higher number ones usually come with a Power Station 4 as standard. If you have any not utilizing at least the PS-4 look for a Power Station 2. The PS-2 can run three of these devices and is the BEST power supply AA made. The PS1 and PS3 aren't bad but I would use those to power only 1 piece of AA equipment. Oofda gave you a great model/price range! Enjoy! Tony
You might also consider Dusty Vawter at Channel Islands Audio. I believe Dusty was in charge of service at AA, and he should know what is "best." He also does mods for AA (I believe) & Channel Islands produces power supplies, among other audio accessories, which probably can be modified for AA. E-mail address in Soundstage! review: [email protected] . No WWW address given.