I am looking at bda3 . Saw a lot of HDMI ports and got concerned. What are they all for? This seems heavily integrate and all that stuff inside may not bode well for internal noise.
after taking in all the helpful comments above, I remain perplexed but closer to a next step.
I have b&w diamond speakers and a solid amp. a dac will be helpful. Bluesound node 2i dac confines the music.
A new wrinkle above is learning the longevity of a dac can be short - 3 - 5 years? What causes a dac to deteriorate so quickly?
I believe it ain’t easy doing a great job converting digital to analogue.
So many dacs out there and any choice requires a leap of faith. I originally started out liking the chord tt2 and now believe this will be a great choice. Absolutely amazed how many dacs are out there, a choice is soooo difficult.
I liked the bartok, but it seems very overpriced. The David seems excellent but tough to tame after purchase. I like the m scaler, which seems overpriced. And tt2 seems overpriced too. But I want a good dac and it better last a long time.
All about feeling comfortable with a purchase. There appears to be lots of good choices.