Which digital inputs did you prefer? Which digital cables did you use?
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Wow you are replacing a $25k DAC with a $5k DAC. I definitely want to read the comparison! The May is on my list as well, but I have a modded Gustard U20, so definitely expect an improvement.@achipo I would also like to read the comparison.
$5k is still too much for me, if someone can make an equally good dac and shave off another 80% of the price then we're talking.
I can dream, can't I?
$5k is still too much for me, if someone can make an equally good dac and shave off another 80% of the price then we're talking.Yes, you can dream. That's what this hobby is all bout, isn't it?
There are several DACs at the $1K price point that will provide 95% of the SQ that the May DAC offers. Denafrips Ares II is a very good choice for about a grand. The Schitt Gungnir is another. I'm sure there are others.
My quest began with DACs in this ($1K) price range. After owning some of them I was prepared to spend $10-20K on my next DAC when I discovered the May DAC. After purchasing the MAY and owning it for nearly a year I am still satisfied and have no interest in upgrading. Thinking how I might very well have ended up spending $10K or more additional to buy one of the Super DACs makes me feel very good about my purchase. I'm not saying I will never upgrade, but this DAC is very special and I plan to hold onto it for the next several years.
@headphonedreams I have the AudioMirror Tubadour III SE (fully loaded) that some compared favorably with the Halo May. I actually bought the AMT3SE over the Halo May because a guy selling the Halo May decided to keep the AMT3SE instead after comparing the 2 of them. He may have posted earlier on this or another Halo May thread. I took the 30 day home trial for the AMT3SE and never returned it.
I love my AMT3SE with my RAAL SR1a headphones into a KRELL K-300i integrated. Sonic perfection with this combo. However, I recently got a new DAC that I like more than the AMT3SE on my 2 channel floor standers. It is the $1500 Gustard X26 Pro. It is sonically a nice blend of my Benchmark DAC3B and the AMT3SE.