these and end up selling them move up to a "one box" that costs FOUR times the price of Ric's DAC. I am specifically speaking about the Audio Aero Capitole. Obviously, it takes a LOT to beat this DAC when properly set up.
Besides that, Ric offers a 30 day NO HASSLE return policy. While these normally cost $1050 plus shipping, he currently has a "cosmetic blem" model for something like $800 with full warranty listed on his website. He may
even have an older Millennium 1A or 1B that someone traded in towards the Mill II. Even the 1A would SMOKE (!!!) your Link DAC for about $400 from Ric with a 30 day exchange. You might be able to find either of these for
sale on A-gon if they are not already gone.
Quite honestly, i currently have 7 DAC's on hand and it is my favorite. It is NOT perfect, but it does most things so VERY "right". The liquidity, ambience, depth and spaciousness of tubes with the detail and speed of SS.
The Kora is probably also a very valid approach, but i think that it is also quite a bit more money. If i remember correctly, i think that the latest
incarnation lists for about $2600 ( give or take ).
Going down in price, the CAL Sigma's and Alpha's work well with Sony mega changers. I know a few guys running that type of system and were amazed that the difference that a "good" DAC made. These are tube units, so they
will add that "warmth" that you might think you're missing without breaking the bank. Sean