New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui

Currently have an original Schiit yggdrasil.  Thinking about taking another step up or maybe two steps!  Is the Holo May still good?  I know I hear a lot about Denafrips.  Then someone was mentioning Mola Mola. 

I like the idea of the i2s HDMI connection, I believe this is so I could have my DAC decode SACD versus a player. 

Also considering name brands dCS Lina, Meitner MA3, MSB?

Wilson Alexia V

Dan D'Agostino S250

Mac mini running Roon

Is anyone really winning in this space.  Tough for me to demo at home as I'm 2 hours from HiFi Shops and they are kind of limited in the direct to consumer DACs.

Thank you!


If you are streaming, I find streaming so much easier to listen to with a tube DAC.

Alan Sircom described the Dave as “listening to a direct feed from the mixing desk”.

Whereas the Brinkmann Nyquist will “summon up the musicians and conductors in front of you, in a kind of holographic simulation of the live event. The comparison is one of head vs. heart if you like, with the Nyquist taking the ‘heart’ route all the way.”

If you plan to keep the DAC long term, it’s a pretty easy to figure out which DAC will be easier to live with over the long run.


@ghasley Props to you for not taking bait clothed in all caps. I mean, we're not 13 years old anymore, right? 



LOL...indeed. I hope you are well and nice to hear from you! We will catch up soon.

@ghasley That would be nice. We can have a drink and toast to our troll-defying spells. (Begone, internet worms! Away, digital dreckmeisters!