Get the Bel Canto 1.1 used for around $750, or pay $1350 for the new model 2.0. The 1.1 sounds GREAT! I am not the only one who thinks so. Another option is a California Audio Labs Sigma 24/96 or Alpha 24/96. These have tubes and even without the 24/96 upgrade sound great also. Of course, I decided to do without a separate DAC at all and instead listen to my EMC-1 and CAL Icon Mk II naked. Sound is fabulous. Conclusion: separate-box DACs are not always necessary, listen to your player for awhile and see if you think anything is missing.
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