Mid Range Streamer DAC recommendation help requested!


Good evening,

In looking for a new one box music streamer /DAC  I am striking out as far as the actual in store, "seeing, listening and buying" process is now a little bit harder to find.  

 Two of our local brick and mortar A/V stores have closed, Axpona is postponed until 2021, and the big city stores are now curbside delivery or online only.   

For now I am hoping to share this discussion with the Agon experts here to get your thoughts and feedback regarding a few possible good music streamer / DAC candidates.

I am looking for a  good quality Streamer/ DAC  that should provide years of good, enjoyable music service.

Some of the  Brands /models that I have read about as being good mid range devices are listed below:

Bryston BDA 3.14
Cary Audio  DMS-550
LUMIN  T2
Mytek  Brooklyn  Bridge / Manhattan

Please share your experiences (good or bad)  if you have had some extended / operating listening time with any of these components!   

Some of the criteria that I would hope to find would be :

1. Very good sound quality,    
2. Reliable, durable,  (something that does not break down during streaming or need  frequent tweaks or updates)
3. Future-proof, (as much as is reasonable) 
4. A product that is fairly easy to operate, and also fun to use.
5.  Right Jacks and plugs for the key connectors.  (Do not need a headphone jack or TT connector at this time).
6. Good quality  DAC chips, with equally high specs for playback PCM and DSD levels, etc.
7. Should function perfectly with ROON, Tidal, MQA, Qobuz, etc.

Not interested in the multiple box / PC route as I am not an IT person.  

PS 1: There may other Streamer DACs that should also be included  in this list ,and please suggest those in your reply email.

PS2: The output end of the music is through Legacy Amps and Legacy Focus SE speakers.

PS3: I will pursue some type of  digital storage in the future, maybe like a Roon Nucleus or equivalent. 
Hopefully that future NAS will mesh perfectly with the new streamer  DAC.

Thank you very much!

Dan


  








dan2019
Enjoying my NAD C658 but only because I couldn’t afford the Mytek BB. 
What are you planning to stream to? This was another reason I went with Blueos, future expandability in his-def. 

Your mileage may vary....
I can recommend the Antipodes line of streamer servers. I have the DS.

Great sound, reliable, has all the right connections and runs Roon etc perfectly.
The aftersales support is flawless too, bearing in mind that they are in New Zealand so time zones come into play there.
Good hunting!
I had a bluesound node2 which was really good, cost effective and easy to use. I recently upgraded to a PS Audio Directstream with network bridge 2 which is phenomenal. While the PS Audio is pricy rather than a DAC chip it is a programmed array which means they can fully update it every year for free. So if you bought one 10 years ago all you do is plug in the SD card each year with the new firmware and you have the exact same machine as if you bought one today. It supports Roon so you can stream from your NAS really easily and Roon supports Tidal.
SimAudio Moon 280d is niiice 

lumin t2 nice 

From what I've heard around here the best option is the Lumin or for much less $$$$ Pro-Ject Stream Box RS.
It has tube sweetness,  3.5" color display for art and remote. ~$1300.