I can speak to the PS Audio DLIII. It presents a wonderful soundstage, a warm presentation, a realistic voicing for string instruments, and a great broad frequency response. I love it. Good luck.
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Six months ago I tried the DAC route and had the DLIII, Musical Fidelity XDAC3and a Bel Canto DAC2. Here's my take, the DLIII was the best of them, sound and user ease. But id warmth is what you want the Bel Canto may be the one for you. In fact I may have liked the DAC2 better if it had a standard build with both input and output on the same panel. As for the MF Dac, crappy is the word that comes to mind. My two cents. Good luck.
I have had the DLIII for about a year now, and can say that it has all the qualities already previously mentioned.
I can recommend without reservation.
I had always wanted to know how this DAC would sound directly fed to my power amp, but the DLIII does not have a volume control, so I acquired the NHT PVC PRO to use between.
I was going to acquire a Sonic Euphoria PLC since I auditioned one some time ago, but it was cost prohibitive for me.
Although my pre/pro is very good, it still has a sonic signature that affects somewhat the DLIII.
With the NHT, all the qualities of the DLIII shine through as if there isn't even a volume control there.
I was blown away by the sheer weight, transparency, and detail retrieval that now comes through from the DLIII.
I am now preferring to listen almost over my vinyl feed.
The stock DL-III is very good indeed. The Cullen Stage IV upgrade improves the stock unit by eliminating (or at least reducing to inaudibility) the slightly shrill harshness in the upper regions (many DACs in this price-range suffer from this), and by improving the bass region (slightly tighter more controlled). The Cullen upgrade to me was definitely discernable, but in a more subtle way than I was hoping for (not a night and day difference). For me, the taming of the slight harshness in upper frequencies was worth the upgrade price. Some(those with the well-trained ears or more acute hearing than me) claim that the stage IV upgrade greatly improves the soundstage by opening it up. I dont hear great improvements in the soundstage via the modded unit over the stock unit. I do however, prefer the overall presentation provided by the Cullen upgrade, and I think it would be very difficult to find a better sounding DAC at this price point....IMO - for what it's worth.
I've been using a DacMagic for a short while and I think it's an incredible value. As far as I can tell, it's sound quality is comparable to the PS. If they were closer in price, maybe the PS would win, but with the price advantage of the DacMagic, it's hard not to choose it.
The other advantage DacMagic has over PS is that it also has a digital pass thru so if you're using a DVD player for both music and movies, you can have a 2 channel analog output for your music and an unprocessed digital signal that can be decoded by a processor for 5.1 coming from the same player through the DacMagic. PS doesn't have a digital pass thru.
I got the PS DL III to upgrade the D/A of my Krell KAV 300CD. Wow, what an improvement in the sound, especially at 192K! It competes well with my vinyl playback system (VPI Scout, Graham Slee Mk V & Elevator, Shelter 501). It has a sweetness to it that stands out, and far more bass extension than the Krell. Of course, the KAV 300CD D/A is 12 years old, but it makes a very nice transport.
Had a Benchmark, Lavry was better, Benchmark gone... tried a PS audio DLIII, was a little bit better than the Lavry, upgraded DLIII to Cullen Level 4, then much better than Lavry, Lavry gone... Just got the new Wyred 4 Sound DAC 1.. beats the crap out of the DLIII... DLIII Gone :-) My opinion just buy the Wyred DAC1.. Oh and I have a Cambridge Dac Magic.. all of the others were/are better.. Still have the Dac Magic though I use it for my outdoor speaker setup ;-)